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Is anyone else shocked that we’re already at the end of March? Since nearly three months have passed, I thought I’d do a little reading roundup to reflect on my 2016 reading, thus far. The year started off with a bang, then I hit a bit of a slump, and now things seem to be headed back in the right direction.

In January, I had some big hits and near misses; I managed to finish all of them, but a couple of them didn’t live up to my expectations (links will take you to my reviews).

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
The Longest Night by Andria Williams
The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich
Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
The Dogs of Littlefield by Suzanne Berne

Without a doubt, my favorite was Mr. Splitfoot, thanks to the intriguing recommendation by my friend Andi who blogs at Estella’s Revenge; it was so different than anything I’d read lately and it really stuck with me. Mr. Splitfoot was followed closely by The Guest Room, another recommendation by Catherine at The Gilmore Guide; it was definitely a page-turner!

Mr. Splitfootthe guest room

February began fantastically, which is maybe why I fell into a slump after such a wonderful start; it’s often tough to follow up a really great read. 

Chalk’s Outline by J.J. Hensley
Why They Run the Way They Do by Susan Perabo
The Blue Hour by Douglas Kennedy
Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon
Version Control by Dexter Palmer

Why They Run the Way They Do is an absolutely amazing collection of short stories; I promise I’m not trying to beat a dead horse but, really, you need to read this one. My friend Sarah, of Sarah’s Book Shelves, agrees and I respect her judgment (her thoughts here). In addition, author J.J. Hensley did not disappoint with his new release; I love these characters!

Why They Run the Way They Dochalk's outline

Aaaand then the bottom fell out…I think there are multiple reasons I fell into a bit of a reading slump; not only were some of my selections disappointing, but I was also going through a professional transition (changed work locations and positions) and didn’t feel as motivated to read. I dropped all of these because they did not hold my attention.

Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
High Dive by Jonathan Lee
All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

it's not you it's meHigh Dive

Thankfully, the situation has shifted and the final weeks of March have been great! 

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister
Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey (on the blog next week!)
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (review to come in April)
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (review to come in April)

all the single ladiesLies and Other Acts of Love

So far, I have to say that I have truly enjoyed each of these recent titles; in addition, if you haven’t already, check out my #WomanUp2016 Reading List and you’ll see some others that I’m looking forward to over the next few months. 

#WomanUp 2016 Reading List

 

 

 

 

  • It’s funny the disappoint in having to drop a book! I always feel badly like I did something wrong!! Maybe it’s because I hate to start something and not finish it but, I don’t have time to waste on bad reading 🙂 I’m starting All the Single Ladies ASAP!

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I hear you about a reading slump….this year I have put down many books that just didn’t hold my attention. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Nest. I am hoping to read that one this summer!

  • I sampled High Dive and was bored during the sample, so have removed it from my TBR – yay!! That weirdly feels good. And I can’t wait to start The Girls – I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to hold out until June!

  • Lesley

    My reading year started slow, and I was reading books that weren’t grabbing me. Finally I chose two books I had pinned and flew through those, so I’m hoping I’m back on track.

  • I am not very good at reading outside of my comfort zone, but I’m intrigued by Mr. Splitfoot and all of the buzz it’s getting lately. I should try it!

  • Yay for breaking through a reading slump! And I’ve seen wonderful reviews for Mr. Splitfoot so that’s going on my reading list.

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

  • Anne Osgood

    Some good recommendations! I had good intentions of posting some reviews since I read 8? books in January…. and then all I read in Feb and March were eleventy million articles and textbooks for grad school. Maybe I’ll get back on that soon.

  • Can’t believe we are in April already. I feel like I’ve literally only read 2 books! (which I most probably did).

    Thanks for these recommendations!

  • I cannot wait to read Hunger. Roxane Gay and I…bffs. Now if only she knew it. Sigh.

  • I love reading. I waiting and Hungry for new ones.
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