What I’m Not Reading….

About a month ago I was on a roll with good books.  One book after another was great.  Lately, it’s just the opposite.  Here is a listing of the latest audio books I gave up on.

The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson had me listening for a long time.  I wasn’t impressed but kept listening.  The reader is bad but the story was okay….then the story went stupid.  I gave up.

It was historical fiction.  It was juvenile fiction…both categories I typically like…but nope.  Couldn’t finish it.

Then I tried The Kept: A Novel by James Scott.  I should have looked at Amazon and read a couple reviews before I even attempted this one…again it said historical fiction…again I was hopeful.

Amazon readers only give it 3.2 stars…after about three chapters in I wasn’t impressed so went and read the reviews.  It sounds like most people felt a lot like I did about the book…dark, dreary, slow and hard to listen to.  I can’t imagine reading it.  I was hopeful that it might pick up but according to the reviews..it doesn’t.

Next up I tried Silenced: A Novel by Kristina Ohlsson.  I like some mystery and suspense every now and then but this was just too much cheating and lies for me even keep straight.  I haven’t deleted this one off my MP3 player yet…I keep thinking I’ll come back to it but so far I haven’t.

This book does  have good reviews.  Has anyone read it???  Should I keep on with it?

I think I need some good book recommendations…I keep finding duds.  Does anyone have a good recommendation??

11 thoughts on “What I’m Not Reading….”

  1. Anything by Kate Morton is great. My favourites of hers are the Forgotten Garden and The House At Riverton. I’ve listened to quite a few of the books you’ve recommended and enjoyed them.

  2. Melissa Garcia

    My daughter is reading the Sunshine State books here in Florida. One of last year’s that we both really, really liked was The Candy Makers by Wendy Mass. Since you read juvenile fiction occasionally, maybe you’ll like this one. Most of the Sunshine State books are really good. Sometimes there’s one that I don’t particularly like, but usually they are a good read.

  3. You’ve probably read it, but The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a classic children’s book, and still makes for a good read as an adult. Another of my favourite books (ever) is The Perilous Gard, by Elizabeth Marie Pope. A Newberry Honor book, it’s both a children’s book & historical fiction. I think you might like it.

  4. Another vote for the Forgotten Garden – loved it. I liked The Light Between Oceans – tough subject, but well written. The narrator was Australian and I could listen to his accent all day. Also listened to The Book Thief and l Loved Half Broke Horses. I get book recommendations from you! :) I read The Homesman – had to read it even though you said you didn’t like it. I liked it, but like you, the decisions of some of the characters made me mad. I Read The Poisenwood Bible years ago – remember I couldn’t put it down. I also read the Jan Karon books – the Mitford series back when they came out – loved those too. I’m listening to Moloka’i now and The Dry Grass of August is next on the list. I could talk about books forever.

  5. I forgot – another series I have enjoyed is the Marie Bostwick books – the Cobbled Court Quilts series. They’re just fun, easy reads – not sure if they’re available as audio books or not.

  6. I finished up Oregon Country by T.J. Hanson. It is about a young woman on the first wagon train heading to Oregon. I have it on my Kindle so not sure if it is audio or not.

  7. Chris in So Cal

    I liked:
    River Wife
    Big Stone Gap
    The Autobiography of Henry the 8th
    All the Harry Potter books.

    I downloaded these all from the library.

  8. Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. Anything by Greg Iles, actually. The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett. And the latest series by Jeffrey Archer (sorry, can’t remember the name). So many good ones!

  9. Try Alan Bradley’s Sweetness at the Bottom of the pie. It takes place in 1950s England with the main character a 11 year girl who has an affinity for chemistry. It’s a good mystery and a good listen.

  10. I just finished reading J.K. Rowling’s newest novel, The Silkworm, written under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. Her first novel in that series was called The Cuckoo’s Calling. Both are excellent! I also read a very though-provoking young-adult fiction book recently called Unwind. Interesting premise…

  11. Sheila Fuesting

    Ohmygosh, Jo, I could list pages and pages. Right now I’m reading the Laramie series by Karen J. Hasley on kindle. I started with Where Home Is about a young woman dr. working at Hull House in Chicago. Loved it, and then found Lily’s Sister, the first book, which is about her parents as a young couple, and Waiting for Hope, the second in the series. Loved them all, and there’s even more. I really prefer a real paper book, so I can keep two going, a kindle and a real. Happy reading!

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