Hello book friends! Yes, I'm still around and reading your thoughts and occasionally commenting. It's good to check in and hear what you've been up to and also relate what I've been doing. First the doing - well, pretty much the same with almost no changes. Ha!
I have started working out using our rowing machine on a regular basis. Yes, we have a rowing machine. I'm up to 15 minutes a day and though I haven't used it much in the last couple of years, I'm using it now. Good for building upper body strength. My walking and yoga continue, but I am certainly looking forward to the cedar pollen waning in our area and then I'll be able to get back outside for my walks. Only another few weeks to go.
My reading has been going well. I decided to try to clear some books (i.e. read some books) that were on my actual shelves and also on my Kindle and if I liked them and they kept my interest, I would finish them. If not, out they go. Some are re-reads and some are new to me. I've also been pairing several with the audio version that I can check out at my library and so the story continues whether I am walking or folding clothes or driving. I've also been catching up on a few podcasts. My list of books read is below:
And The Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers - a re-read from a long time ago - enjoyed it again - Christian fiction.
The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers - also a re-read with an Oregon Trail storyline - also Christian fiction.
The Best Of Times by Penny Vincenzi - thought I had read this one before but I don't think so - long book - over 600 pages with lots of characters and much drama.
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths - I really enjoyed this one, which is good because our mystery group is discussing it this upcoming week. Standalone by Griffiths or standalone at least for now. A 2nd book with the same investigator will be out in March - The Postscript Murders.
The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce - domestic thriller - a mother who is a barrister and a daughter at a school with lots of drama - held my interest but not many likeable characters.
Reputation by Sara Shepard - author of Pretty Little Liars and about a hacking scandal at a college - multiple points of view - lots of drama again - a fast read for me.
The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous - lots of secrets in this one - definitely can see the influence of the game of Clue - again, it read very fast for me.
Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy - husband in this one is a therapist and someone is listening to his sessions with clients through a vent in the ceiling - lots and lots of twists and upside down moments - took inspiration from a Stephen King book (won't say which, but it wasn't one I cared for) - liked it well enough, but glad to move on to the next book.
And that's it for my reading in January. As I said, our mystery group will be discussing The Stranger Diaries next week and I'm looking forward to hearing what others think.
Otherwise in life, our daughter got her second vaccine dose yesterday. We suspect it will be quite some time before we're able to get ours, but our county has been doing well with the supply they have been given. Patience is hard in this regard I think, but we know that even after we get it our lives won't be that different. Ah well. I'll just think about spring flowers that will be coming in a few weeks and I'll enjoy sharing some pictures of those when they appear.
Hope you all have a good week and I'll be back in a couple of weeks to share another update. Take care!