Books Of February 2022

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I read another eleven books last month. Nearly all of them were on audio this time. My day job kept me pretty busy the last few weeks and I couldn’t get any downtime to enjoy a physical read. But that’s okay, audiobooks are amazing.

Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
Harry’s back to being his not-so-smart self while his girlfriend is away. Gets himself looped into a murder and nearly gets framed as the murderer.
The dual cases that are woven together made this book zip by. I loved all the deception and double dealings from all the characters.
And Harry is gaining on a certain guilty party, and I can’t wait for him to catch him.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I had a love/hate relationship with this one. It had lovely twists and turns and kept me on the edge of my seat. The descriptions were vivid, and I felt like I was right there with them. But some of these characters really pissed me off.
It really played with my emotions and I’m not happy with the way it ended, but it was a very good read even if I’m mad at their choices.

Bossypants by Tina Fey
This entire book was hilarious and inspiring and I enjoyed her perspective on life.
Even as a person of a certain level of fame, she came across as very grounded in reality and hardworking. She included real-life stories about having a newborn and the struggles that go along with it that I found very relatable.
I laughed a lot. Glad I picked it up.

11/22/63 by Stephen King
This book had a very intriguing premise and really pulled me in. Even though I don’t have a huge interest in this time period in history, I was still hooked into the story.
The ending was very well executed. I really enjoyed this book.

Let’s Pretend this Never Happened
Furiously Happy
Broken by Jenny Lawson
I ran through all three quickly so I can’t really differentiate my thoughts across them. But I loved every one of them.
Even with all the tough situations she’s been through, she still tries her best to see the humor in everything.
She’s extremely quirky and relatable and I laughed so much, listening to her stories. Amazing and inspiring.

The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo
I don’t like Harry as much when he’s deep in his drinking relapses. But he’s still an effective officer.
Apart from the villain explaining the plan at the end, I really enjoyed this case. Harry knew the answers and I would have liked it better if he revealed the twists instead.
But it was still an exciting case and Harry’s personal life continues to become more interesting.

The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
I really love how Nesbo’s books start with something off the track of the main story, but it somehow ties it all together in the end.
Another fascinating murder story. I guessed bits of it, but still found the great revelation surprising.
The new boss has also been an intriguing character and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

*Craft Books*
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
This book had lots of structure ideas and new methods for outlining that I’m going to use. I’ve copied out the beat sheet and I’m going to work through it when I edit from now on. Very handy.

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
Great insights into character types and when they should work in the plot. More tips on story structure and plot flow. It gave me several ideas for future projects.

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I hope to focus more time on reading paperbacks and e-books this month, but I am very grateful for audiobooks keeping me on top of my goals and keeping me reading.

What have you been reading? Are you on track to meet your reading goals so far this year?

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