December 10, 2019

Books in 2019 #10

Happy book day! I, unfortunately, am in the place where I haven't really been reading so I don't feel as optimistic this month as I did earlier this fall.

With all of the books below, I'm at 45 books for the year and 14 did-not-finish.

The fact that I started 7 (SEVEN) books this month that I didn't feel like finishing means that I doubt I'll hit 50 books. There's no rhyme or reason behind 50. It's just a nice even number for me because there ain't no way I'm making it to 100.

I'm a few chapters into a book right now, but who knows if I'll finish it because I've become very lax about this these days.

Also, I'm reading the book of Luke each night on my phone in bed. I'll hopefully have thoughts on this maybe next week? Rebecca is doing an insightful recap each day.

But the point there ^ is that it cuts into any other desires I have to read at night before I go to sleep.

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
This was such a fabulous book. All the rave reviews are correct! I'm normally not into character-driven books; I like plot. But I was so curious about these characters. I love that it started in the late 60s/early 70s and went on for decades. It was one of the best I've read this year for sure.
In my opinion, this book is everything Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng) wanted to be, but wasn't. LFE was good but it was wasn't nearly as deep as this one.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

And wait: Read this blurb that I just now noticed on Goodreads. Are they trying to frame this as a ...mystery? Uh, it's not. It'd be a LOT more interesting if it was.


The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan
I didn't care about the main character. 70 or so pages into the book, she didn't matter to me. If something is going to be a mystery, I need it to be a mystery I care about, I suppose. I think I want to like Gilly MacMillan books more than I actually do. They're just okay if you have nothing else to do.

And this selection that I never really got into enough to care. There was nothing wrong with any of them, actually. But they weren't doing it for me. I think I burned out on audiobooks in October and now I'm not into them.

 I used Scribd for all it was worth for two months and then canceled it. I didn't want to pay for a service I had no desire to use. At least, with Audible, you don't pay for the service and feel that you always have to get your money's worth. 

Linking up with Jana and Steph!


  1. I LOVED The House We Grew Up In. It's so sad though.
    I've seen so many rave reviews of Ask Again, Yes. I wasn't sure I was interested but now I'm curious.

  2. I always admire people who don’t finish books that they don’t enjoy. I often feel guilty Doing it and there are very few I didn’t finish. I feel like it’s such a waste of my time reading something I don’t enjoy. Love tjr books

  3. I need to find something that's strictly online (like is netgalley) so I can read more at work. I was bringing books to work because we get a lot of down time and theres only so much you can do on the cpu but my childish manager threw a hissy fit so I stopped. I can get away with magazines though 😉

  4. Whoa...never seen a rating that low for Daisy! Goes to show not every book is for every person.

  5. Sorry you've had so many DNFs lately. Sometimes you just aren't in the reading mood and books that don't interest you/keep your attention aren't going to help! That's alright though - I hope 2020 is a better reading year for you.


  6. lol - i had the exact same reaction to daisy jones!!!!

  7. I feel like the band was the story in Daisy Jones - like every behind the music, it in itself is not super interesting, but how they work or don't work together and what they think of each other makes it if you're a fan. You need to sort of read from the POV of the fan though.

    I want to like Gilly more than I do too.

  8. ah, bummer about Daisy. I adored it. glad you liked ask again yes!

  9. I keep hearing such good things about Ask Again, yes... I need to put that on my list of books my MIL will get me

  10. Huh. Today is the first time I've heard mention of Ask Again, Yes, but every review I've seen is positive. The reviews I've seen on Daisy Jones have been a bit mixed, and not really held my interest yet... Thanks for sharing!

  11. Ask Again Yes might just have to be something I pick up! I've been hesitant because of the heavy topic matters!

  12. Ask Again, Yes definitely lived up to all the hype. Sorry Daisy didn't do it for you. I loved that book.

  13. I'm reading Ask Again Yes soon. I hope I love it too, I'm nervous! I liked Daisy Jones on audio. I actually started it in print and couldn't get into it at all.

  14. I really enjoyed Ask Again, Yes. I think everyone who's read it has enjoyed it. i wasn't fan of Daisy. Even though I love TJR, this was definitely my least fave of hers so far.


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