The Comfort Book by Matt Haig
This is a nice little book. I find Haig and I have similar humanistic views and experiences with mental health struggles. I liked some of the aphorisms in this book.
Read January 27-Feb 8, 2022.
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
This was nice. It was easy to read and I like the characters, but the themes are definitely middle grade. Maybe I skew a little younger for my children’s cozy books. Not a bad book and I might even read the next one.
Read Feb 11-12, 2022.
Beat the Bank by Larry Bates
I did not learn anything new in this one. I partially read personal finance to keep me in check.
Read February 14, 2022.
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
I liked this. It was well narrated by Juliet Stevenson (of Truly Madly Deeply), short, and touches on a lot of thoughts I have about stuff, tidying, and death.
Listened on audiobook Feb 13-15, 2022.
Alone in Space – A Collection by Tillie Walden
A graphic anthology. I enjoyed the visuals in this one and the first story was intriguing and well done. Interesting style and I’ll check out more from the artist author.
Read February 17-20, 2022.
The first of the monthly book reviews so I can get back to blogging and reviewing.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster
Cute children’s novel which is similar to Alice in Wonderland. It has a boy going into strange land and has many fairy tale elements too.
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
This was entertaining for the writing style. The plot was a bit convoluted. What was the point of the chauffeur murder/suicide? Other than that, funny and easy mystery read.
Thrush Green by Miss Read
A librarian told me about Miss Read years ago and I’ve been meaning to read her. These are cozy mid 20th century novels set in England. Nothing much happens. I really liked most of the book. I may read the others in the future.
…And Away by Bob Mortimer
Listened on audiobook. My husband and I really like Bob Mortimer. We started this one together but I finished it on my own. I liked the earlier half of his book with his childhood into his working years at London more than his years a celebrity comedian. It was nice to listen to an audiobook after many years. I like when audiobooks are read by their authors, but I find myself less inclined to memoirs or autobiographies. With the exception of comedians, ghost writers often put too much refinement into memoirs and autobiographies which sometimes takes me out of the book.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This is critically acclaimed and popular. It was nicely written and I enjoyed illustration work. However, I don’t seem to love it as much as others. Am I heartless? The book even touched on a subject that has affected me recently, but it did not engross me. A good young adult novel and I’m an outlier with my opinion.