I'm going for 85 books this year. I've had some DNFs that won't be listed but anything I finished will be - good or bad. Read more on Riffle
Chef's Special by Susan X Meagher
SXM's books are hit or miss with me and this one was on the hit list. I don't think it made the re-read list but it was enjoyable to be sure.
1 / 95
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin Mysteries, No. 2) by M.C. Beaton
Easy, fun cozy mystery.
2 / 95
The Mothers: A Novel by Brit Bennett
Well-written and enjoyable. Loved that being Black was the norm and not the exception.
3 / 95
The Widow by Fiona Barton
If you're looking for a lighter mystery that deals with potentially upsetting themes but doesn't go into graphic detail, this might be for you.
4 / 95
The Wrong Unit: A Novel by Rob Dircks
Very fun and engaging science fiction read. And the author did a fantastic job with the audio narration.
5 / 95
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
A tough read for me. There's nothing particularly graphic in the book but being a witness to Mel's feelings of despair and solitude were painful.
6 / 95
A Quiet Death (Dark Peak) by Cari Hunter
All of Hunter's books are must-reads for me. Her characters are human and flawed and the cases are interesting. Great addition to her body of work.
7 / 95
The Summer of our Discontent by Robin Alexander
Alexander is a go-to author when I need a light romance that's heavy on the humor. I liked this one a lot and will likely read it again.
8 / 95
Always Alex by Robin Alexander
I liked this one a lot. It earned a spot on my re-read when I need an emotional lift list.
9 / 95
Dear Me by Robin Alexander
I'm not sure if I really didn't like this one as much as the others or if I was well into Alexander Burn Out. Maybe I'll read it again sometime to find out.
10 / 95
Killing Cupid by Louise Voss
Oh, wow, I really didn't like this book. Really. Completely unlikable characters, unbelievable coincidences, terrible choices, and did I mention how awful the characters were?
11 / 95
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
The audible version with Zachary Quinto was fantastic. This is a great - and very short - read that's entertaining and interesting. Definitely recommend it.
12 / 95
Out of the Shadows (Alien) by Tim Lebbon
Another fun audible production. The sound effects were great and the story was good, too.
13 / 95
Stiletto: A Novel (The Rook Files Book 2) by Daniel O'Malley
I loved this sequel just as much as I loved Rook. Daniel O'Malley writes great women characters. I'm already jonesing for the next in the series.
14 / 95
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
So happy I watched the Amazon Original adaptation before reading the book or I probably wouldn't have given it a shot. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen but not much ever did.
15 / 95
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill
Anyone looking for a harrowing escape story will likely be disappointed. I was looking for more insight on what it would be like growing up in this cult and that's exactly what I got. Nothing worthy of an action flick but very interesting.
16 / 95
Slaughterhouse Five or the Children's Crusade by Jr. Kurt Vonnegut
Oh so very good.
17 / 95
Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future (Lock In Series Book 1) by John Scalzi
I listened to the Wil Wheaton narration and loved it. Scalzi has become my favorite science fiction writer. The detail in this book blew me away. So did the way he wrote the main character without a specified gender and race, leaving it completely up to the reader - or narrator (Amber Benson also narrates a version) - to decide.
18 / 95
The Fall by Robin Alexander
Needed a break after Alexander-Burn-Out but finished The Fall. Pretty standard fare for the author: fun, sweet, low levels of angst, and laugh out loud in many places.
19 / 95
Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden
My first foray with the author after giving up on her a couple years ago. I was happy to see that attention was paid to the voices of the characters - they don't all sound exactly alike. The story and characters were very well done and I think this is her best book of those I've read by her.
20 / 95
Never Let You Go: A Novel by Chevy Stevens
I liked so much about this book. Everything except the daughter who was the queen of bad decisions. But the twists made this book great.
21 / 95
The Shewstone by Jane Fletcher
Pretty standard Jane Fletcher. If you're already a fan, I'm betting you'll like it.
22 / 95
Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
So very good. I highly recommend this book. It's told by three very different people and gives the reader a lot of insight into how we see race and power all while telling a compelling and engaging story.
23 / 95
Edenland by Wallace King
Slow-moving and too many unlikely coincidences. Not one I'd recommend for historical fiction fans.
24 / 95
Good Behavior (Letty Dobesh Chronicles) by Blake Crouch
I love me some Letty Dobesh!
25 / 95
The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens
I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed this one.
26 / 95
Where There's Smoke: A Short Story (Kindle Single) by Jodi Picoult
Short and good!
27 / 95
Larger Than Life (Novella) (Kindle Single) by Jodi Picoult
28 / 95
The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I had hoped.
29 / 95
I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
Dark and fun read! Liked it so much more than I thought I would.
30 / 95
The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy Book 1) by Katherine Arden
Holy moly this book is so incredibly good. Best book I've read so far this year.
31 / 95
Burntown: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon
Not my favorite of the author's work but still enjoyable.
32 / 95
Raisins and Almonds: Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates by Kerry Greenwood
A bit heavy on the chemistry and background info but still enjoyed it. The mystery wasn't too easy to figure, which is always nice.
33 / 95
Missing, Presumed: A Novel (Manon Bradshaw) by Susie Steiner
Well written and enjoyable mystery with lots of character development.
34 / 95
Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel by Dean R. Koontz
Knowing how it ended (from the movie) didn't stop me from enjoying this book.
35 / 95
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Entertaining and engaging read. Something I think most people who enjoy zombie books would like.
36 / 95
Urn Burial (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) by Kerry Greenwood
37 / 95
Huntress by A.E. Radley
Very fun read!
38 / 95
Half to Death by Robin Alexander
Liked this one loads. Will go on my re-read list.
39 / 95
Patty's Potent Potion by Robin Alexander
Another good one from Robin Alexander.
40 / 95
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R.R. Martin
Been wanting to do a re-read of this one for a long time. Finally got to it. Great book.
41 / 95
Just This Once by KG MacGregor
One of my go-to re-reads when I need something good and familiar.
42 / 95
Life After Death by Damien Echols
The first chunk was interesting but once he gets to the part of his life when he's in prison, I lost interest pretty quickly. Too much about baseball and other things that hold nothing of interest for me.
43 / 95
You Will Know Me: A Novel by Megan Abbott
I didn't care for this one much. I'm apparently in the minority but I'm ok with that.
44 / 95
Behind Closed Doors: A Novel by B. A. Paris
Not as good as I had hoped but still pretty dang good.
45 / 95
The Academy: A Short Story (The Tracy Crosswhite Series) by Robert Dugoni
Nice short for fans of the series.
46 / 95
X (A Kinsey Millhone Novel) by Sue Grafton
I didn't like this one much but I needed the X for an A-Z challenge.
47 / 95
Wonder Woman By Greg Rucka Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka
Very much enjoyed it!
48 / 95
Batwoman Vol. 1: Elegy by Greg Rucka
Finally finished this one! Liked it a lot.
49 / 95
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Oh man, I loved this book. Will definitely read it again.
50 / 95
Cabal by Clive Barker
Glad I read it but I'll stick to the movie the next time I have an urge to revisit the story.
51 / 95
The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency) by John Scalzi
Loved this book. Scalzi has quickly become one of my favorite authors.
52 / 95
Chasing a Brighter Blue by Gerri Hill
Typical Hill stand alone romance. Nothing groundbreaking or awesome but solid lesfic romance.
53 / 95
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by Rowling, J. K. (2001) Paperback by
Good, fun read!
54 / 95
Pelican's Landing by Gerri Hill
Typical Hill romance.
55 / 95
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
Very enjoyable look at politics and Franken's life.
56 / 95
Blindsided by Karis Walsh
I didn't enjoy this one much at all.
57 / 95
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
I went into this with pretty high hopes but they were quickly dashed.
58 / 95
Persons Unknown: A Novel (Manon Bradshaw) by Susie Steiner
I had some definite problems with this one...
59 / 95
Spark by Catherine Friend
Yay! I liked this book a lot. Fun, interesting, and well written.
60 / 95
Lock In by John Scalzi
My second listen, the first being Wil Wheaton's narration. While I still enjoyed the story, Amber Benson's narration didn't draw me in or keep me engaged.
61 / 95
The Breakdown: A Novel by B. A. Paris
I liked it quite a bit. Felt kind of like The Girl on the Train with something bad happening but the POV character has memory issues. I hate comparing anything to TGotT because EVERYONE was comparing EVERYTHING to it and they mostly lied but this really did remind me of it...
62 / 95
Mergers and Acquisitions by A.E. Radley
Fun, light workplace romance.
63 / 95
Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney
Very good! I fell in love with this family a bit. The author did a great job of bringing them all to life and making me care. Even though there are a lot of POVs and the book is nearly 17 hours long, I stayed involved throughout and had to force myself to stop listening last night.
64 / 95
Out of Bounds (Karen Pirie Book 1) by Val McDermid
So happy I made this my first McDermid book. Very well-written. The characters were believable and I don't recall any BS moments. So many strong, capable women!
65 / 95
Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt by Patton Oswalt
There were a few stories that I found interesting or amusing but mostly they weren't my thing. I'll keep enjoying Patton Oswalt on TV and Twitter and probably not in books.
66 / 95
Fevre Dream: A Novel by George R. R. Martin
Oh, I really, really liked this book. A great tale of loyalty and partnership.
67 / 95
Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) by Christopher Paolini
I love listening to this series with my kid. We're having even more fun the second time around.
68 / 95
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini
Great book. Definitely recommend the audio version. Telling her own story made a big difference for me.
69 / 95
Perfect Rhythm by Jae
I thought the dialogue and flow of the story were very good. If you're a fan of any of Jae's previous books, I have no doubt that you'll like this one, too.
70 / 95
Into the Water: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
Very enjoyable mystery. I think I liked it more than The Girl on the Train. I really liked the way it ended.
71 / 95
The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder by Claudia Rowe
Interesting but not nearly as much about the case and the killer as I had hoped.
72 / 95
Night by Elie Wiesel
A near constant kick in the gut. A must read.
73 / 95
Fearless by Robin Alexander
74 / 95
The Last of the Loudens by Robin Alexander
Good standard Alexander
75 / 95
Eyes Like Those (A Seven Shores Romance) by Melissa Brayden
Standard Brayden. Although most of the characters didn't sound exactly the same so bonus.
76 / 95
The Wife Between Us: A Novel by Greer Hendricks
77 / 95
Making a Tinderbox (The Tinderbox Tales) (Volume 1) by Emma Sterner-Radley
Funny, touching, and well-done.
78 / 95
The Loudest Silence (The Loudest Silence Series) (Volume 1) by Olivia Janae
Not my thing. I wanted to beat the crap out of a couple of the characters and then call Child Protective Services.
79 / 95
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
Enjoyed it a lot. Until I found out it was all a hoax.
80 / 95
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas
Interesting but the author is way too full of himself.
81 / 95
A Walk in the Rain by Alison Barnard
I've got a soft spot for this one so I don't imagine other folks will enjoy it as much as I do. Unless they also were into Bad Girls fan fiction and read the original online. This is the same but with name changes and I only bought it to support the author.
82 / 95
Cujo by Stephen King
83 / 95
The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
Liked this one less than I thought I would.
84 / 95
Shades of Blue by Olivia Janae
Still not my thing.
85 / 95
And Playing the Role of Herself by K. E. Lane
Love this story. This re-read was the audio version and it was wonderfully done.
86 / 95
Without Warning (Shaken, Book 1) (Bk. 1) by KG MacGregor
This one is a regular re-read. I needed an Anna and Lily fix.
87 / 95
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Interesting and enlightening. The audio version is the way to go.
88 / 95
AFTERLIFE by Marcus Sakey
Thoroughly enjoyable but no idea why they went with a British narrator for a book set in America with no non-American characters. But she did a great job anyway.
89 / 95
Artemis: A Novel by Andy Weir
90 / 95
Flight SQA016 (The Flight Series) (Volume 1) by A. E. Radley
Enjoyable romance but with a hella abrupt ending. Luckily all three books in the trilogy are now available.
91 / 95
Grounded (The Flight Series) (Volume 2) by A.E. Radley
Nice second book. I enjoyed it more than the first.
92 / 95
A Christmas Carol (Dover Thrift Editions) by Charles Dickens
Loved the Tim Curry narration!
93 / 95
The Alienist (TNT Tie-in Edition): A Novel (The Alienist Series) by Caleb Carr
Long but interesting and engaging. I can see myself reading it again.
94 / 95
The Girl in the Tower: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy Book 2) by Katherine Arden
Loved, loved, loved this book. Even more than the first. Can't wait for the third one!
95 / 95