Happy Monday, friends! We’re in the home stretch of 2018, and I’m in a weird place where I can’t believe this year is almost over while also realizing just how damn long this year was. It’s been a heavy year, and I’m not sorry to say goodbye to it.
This week, I finished two books and abandoned one. I’ve read 124 books for the year, and I’d love to end the year with 130. That’s only six books in four weeks – a doable goal for me.
Plot Summary: Ian Morgan Cron takes readers on a journey through the nine types of the Enneagram, a personality framework.
My Thoughts: I took my time with this book, reading one chapter a day, so it took me around two weeks to read it. I think that was the perfect way to consume this book, though. While I pretty much figured out my type in the introductory chapter, I read through each chapter of the types to make sure I was on the right track. I could see myself in some of the other types, most definitely, but once I got to my type’s chapter, I had to keep setting down the book because it was too real. There were sentences and paragraphs that explained me so well it was nearly painful. Ha. I’m planning to write a full post on my type and what it means for me going forward this week, so stay tuned! I highly recommend picking up this book if you’re a personality nerd like I am. (I will caution that it’s written from a Christian perspective, but it’s easy to skim the sections that are faith-based.)
Plot Summary: Carrie must score an interview with notoriously reclusive author Finn Dalton in order to move away from writing the society page for her newspaper and into more serious topics. When she finds him, she finds a charismatic, lovable man and realizes she’s going to have to choose between her heart and her career.
My Thoughts: This was a sweet enough romance. It was a little on the cheesy side, especially towards the end. And I’m not sure how to say this without it sounding weird, but I was a little disappointed there wasn’t more, erm, action in the novel. There were some chaste kissing scenes, but that was about it. Maybe this is normal for Debbie Macomber, but man, I like a little sizzle with my romance. 😉 Still, it was a cute, Christmassy read to kick off my holiday romance binge.
Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid – I abandoned this contemporary romance at 62% because the plot was just way too far-fetched for me to believe. Mind you, I often have to suspend a fair amount of belief when it comes to romance novels, but this one was so far out in left field. There was also a global conspiracy plot involving oil that was boring as hell, and it just wasn’t keeping my attention. Oh, but honestly the main reason I abandoned this novel was Greg, the hero, who was a straight-up asshole with very little redeeming qualities. There are enough assholes IRL; I don’t need to read about them in my romances.
What I’m Reading This Week
- Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – Oh, this book is bringing me so much joy. It’s delightful and fun and wacky, and the characters are so ridiculous (and pretty unlikeable, but that’s not bothering me so much). I still have a lot of the book left to read (I’m around 40% finished with it), but so far so good.
- Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin – This is my nonfiction audiobook pick for December. I have heard amazing things, and I’m preparing myself for an onslaught of emotions. I may have to really pace myself between chapters, more so than I usually do for audiobooks, but I know it will be worth it.
- A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole – I’ll be starting this contemporary romance sometime this week, in between pages of Nine Perfect Strangers. It had such a fun premise, and I can’t wait to give it a try.
What are you reading?