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Each Ebook I Learn (or Listened to) This 12 months – The Small Issues Weblog

What I listened to on Audible:

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey – I found this book interesting as I’ve seen plenty of his movies. I even remembered a few of the stories that he wrote about when they were shared in celebrity news. He lived an interesting life, and it was enjoyable to listen to him in his voice read it on Audible. There were a few parts I could have done without the description of the mental picture, but I would say it was an easy, interesting listen.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate – I was fully swept up in this story. It was heartbreaking and horrible to listen to at times, but I was so gripped by the story. I loved that it was told in both the present day and the past. I hated that it was based on the true stories of what happened at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society.

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover – I enjoyed this storyline. Colleen Hoover’s books can be a little predictable, but I think that is what makes them so effortless to read or listen to. I enjoyed the dialogue in this story.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – So, I listened to this book (unfortunately). The story was an easy read, per usual for CoHo, but I could NOT get over the way the male voice actor said the name “Rachel”. And he said it a lot. It was robotic. So, maybe read this one instead of listening to it!

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand – You know I’m brutally honest, and I just genuinely thought this book was dumb. Boring too. I’m not sure why I finished it.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover – An interesting storyline, another easy-to-read CoHo.

A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston – I am one of those people who think Breaking Bad is one of the best shows of all time, so I love Bryan Cranston. This autobiography was fascinating! I enjoyed learning more about him and his life!

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – I read “The Guest List” by this author and liked it, so I was looking forward to listening to this one. It was dark, mysterious, and a little slow. Overall it was an interesting listen, but I would encourage you to stick with it…it’s a slow burn.

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe – admittedly did not finish because I was bored to tears. TO TEARS.

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen – A fascinating storyline, and ended up going a different direction than I thought it would! I love a twisty relationship storyline!

Will by Will Smith – Can best be described as a love letter from Will to Will. I listened to a good bit of the beginning but then I just got tired of listening.

Books I read on the Kindle:

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – I enjoyed this story. While I understand the point of including the “journal” entries to Ellen, I think that was the final tipping point for me to decide that I don’t like pop culture references in books. I felt this way about “The Hotel Nantucket” too.

It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover (2nd book to be read after “It Ends with Us”) – If you didn’t read “It Ends With Us” then this book would feel very… surface-level and pointless. BUT as a means of wrapping up the story between Atlas and Lily, it worked well.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – I trudged through this and ultimately didn’t finish. I was bored and depressed. I thought the storyline was interesting at first, and perhaps I need to pick it back up again, but it was just not doing anything for me.

Black Cake by Charmine Wilkerson – This book came highly recommended, and I started but couldn’t get into it. I think, honestly, the opening part of the book was so jarring that I put my guard up.

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult – I had serious whiplash during this book! I’ve never experienced a narrative shift like that before! Honestly, it felt like it was just too soon to be reading a book about covid. The storyline was interesting, and it really makes you think, but it did not go in the direction I thought it would!

Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score – I was enticed by a different storyline when this book began, but then it felt like I was reading an entirely different book once I passed the halfway point. It was…fine? Not one I would highly recommend.

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune – I LOVED this book. I loved the story, the writing, and the relationships. It felt like a warm and sunny day, and was also heart-wrenching at times! Carley is writing another book and I cannot wait to read it.

Beach Read by Emily Henry – This was an effortless summer read. I’ve read two other books by Emily Henry and enjoyed them!

By A Thread by Lucy Score – I tried out this author via high ratings from GoodReads. This book was basically just an entire novel of sexual tension with explicit sexual encounters.

Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson – I liked the tiny bit of mystery wrapped up in this story. It was a very easy read and a light story.

Layla by Colleen Hoover – I literally could not finish this book because of the ghost/haunting things that were happening. It was giving me nightmares.

Thats a wrap! Here’s to new reads for next year! Did you have any MUST-read books from the year? Leave them in the comments!

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