December brought a book that I loved, a self-help book that is super interesting and a couple of reads that just weren’t great. I finished the year with 64 books read. I will be following up with a post of my favorite books in 2018. There were some really good ones!
The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher
I’ve read and watched a lot about the Kennedy family, but I had never heard the story of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy the sister to JFK. The book starts pre-war and gives a bit of background into the Kennedy family living in London.
While living in London Kick was at all the parties and after-hour events. She quickly makes a group of close knit friends and falls in love with a British Protestant. Her family is all too happy to cart her home when the war starts with hopes of finding her a suitable Catholic husband.
Kick is strong willed and determined to make it on her own. She is also very determined to make it back to London to her love.
I will warn, that if you are looking for a book with a happy ending this is not the book for you.
True to Form: How to Use Foundation Training for Sustained Pain Relief and Everyday Fitness by Eric K. Goodman
This was an interesting overview of the Foundation Training method. I liked that there was a definition of the program to begin with and then the book went right into how to incorporate the exercises into your life. There was a full color picture of each exercise and a description of how to do it. There was even a section that showed various exercises you could do while doing everyday things like brushing your teeth or laundry.
I will still sign up for at least 30 days of the program online to get videos to help me learn the motions, but at least I know what I’m getting myself into. I feel like these exercises will help me with the back strains and pains I’ve been having. Likely 20 years at a desk has taken it’s toll and now I need to strengthen some smaller muscle groups.
Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg
I liked the first book in this series, The Story of Arthur Truluv, so much better. This book seemed like a watered down version of the first. I found this story sad and a little bit boring. I wouldn’t recommend this book.
The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye
I just couldn’t like this book. I really tried. I made it about halfway through and then questioned why I was still reading. The Paragon Hotel has a high rating on Goodreads, so I kept thinking I was missing something or that the book had to get better.
The narrators voice just wasn’t working for me. I understand that she is a con artist and changes into who she needs to be to suit the situation, but I found her voice hard to read. I typically love historical fiction, but this book wasn’t for me.
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
Something in the Water is so good! The writing reminds me of Ruth Ware, but the story is new and intense. I read this book in three days. I didn’t see the twist coming until the last few chapters of the book and couldn’t put it down until I saw what was going to happen. I also liked how the author tied up her loose ends and the book ended really well.
I highly suggest if you like suspense that you should read Something in the Water.