2018 End of Year Survey


Happy New Year!  This is my end of year review that includes my usual wrap up and then the annual survey created by The Perpetual Page-Turner.

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Challenges in which I participated:

A to Z (finished 21/26)
What’s in a Name? (finished 6/6)
Full House (finished
Monthly Motif (finished 12/12)
R.I.P. XIII (finished 4/4)

# of books read:


Previous years:
61 in 2017
35 in 2016
52 in 2015
58 in 2014
60 in 2013
75 in 2012
39 in 2011
30 in 2010
28 in 2009
48 in 2008
81 in 2007

Favorites (in order read):

Saga Vols. 5 & 6  by: Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Beacon 23  by: Hugh Howey
Sunbolt  by: Intisar Khanani
Turtles All the Way Down  by: John Green
Mosquitoland  by: David Arnold
Educated: A Memoir  by: Tara Westover
The Song of Achilles  by: Madeline Miller
Nine Perfect Strangers  by: Liane Moriarty
Circe  by: Madeline Miller
The Good Daughter  by: Karin Slaughter

Least favorite:

Lincoln in the Bardo  by: George Saunders

# of non-fiction:


Repeated authors:

Brian K. Vaughan (7) (Saga)
Hugh Howey (2)
Sylvain Neuvel (2) (Themis Files)
Laura Thalassa (2) (The Bargainer)
Michelle Bryan (3) (Strain of Resistance)
Intisar Khanani (2) (The Sunbolt Chronicles)
Ruth Ware (3)
N.K. Jemisin (3) (The Broken Earth)
Stephen King (4) (Bill Hodges Trilogy)
Madeline Miller (2)
Gena Showalter (2) (Everlife)

**2018 READING STATS** Survey by The Perpetual Page-Turner


Number Of Books You Read: 81
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Fiction, Sci-Fi



1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

Circe  by: Madeline Miller

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

That Inevitable Victorian Thing  by: E.K. Johnson

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Mosquitoland  by: David Arnold – surprising in a good way!  I thought it would be more of a shallow young adult story, but I was pleasantly surprised and it ended up being one of my favorites of the whole year.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

The Song of Achilles  by: Madeline Miller

 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Started: The Sunbolt Chronicles  by: Intisar Khanani
Ender: Obsidio  by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (#3 of The Illuminae Files)

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Intisar Khanani

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Saga Vol. 5 and Saga Vol. 6  by: Brian K. Vaughan (graphic novels)

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Woman in the Window  
by: A.J. Finn

 9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Book of Strange New Things  
by: Michel Faber – it was incredibly deep and odd and made me want to talk to someone about it while reading it and after I finished.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?


11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Circe from Circe  by: Madeline Miller
Bill Hodges from The Bill Hodges Trilogy  by: Stephen King

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Salt to the Sea  
by: Ruta Sepetys

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

Nine Perfect Strangers  
by: Liane Moriarty – the discussion of depression/suicide really hit home.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

Interview with the Vampire  by: Anne Rice

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” –Wonder  by: R.J. Palacio

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest: Woman, These Are Yours  by: A.C. O’Dell (28 pages)
Longest:  The Good Daughter  by: Karin Slaughter (656 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Before We Were Yours  
by: Lisa Wingate – The things that happened in this book were shocking enough, but then to find out it was based on a true story…

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Alanna & Marco in the Saga series ♥


19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Melanie & Miss Justineau in The Girl with All the Gifts  by: M.R. Carey

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Beacon 23  
by: Hugh Howey

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Educated: A Memoir  
by: Tara Westover – My mom told me a little about it so I checked it out from the library.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Val from The Sunbolt Chronicles  by: Intisar Khanani

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

The Woman in the Window  
by: A.J. Finn

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Obsidio  by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Gracie: A Love Story  by: George Burns

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

Winter Garden  
by: Kristen Hannah

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Sunbolt  by: Intisar Khanani

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Winter Garden  by: Kristen Hannah

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Girl Who Drank the Moon  
by: Kelley Barnhill

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Before We Were Yours  by: Lisa Wingate

The Girls Who Went Away  by: Ann Fessler



1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

I don’t follow any Bookstagrams or YouTube channels and I don’t keep track of when I started following certain blogs, so I’ll choose a blog at random that I think I started following in the last year: A Lovely Book Affair

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

Top Ten Titles With the Word “Girl”

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

My oldest son reading in the lobby of the karate dojo while waiting for my younger son to finish his class.
A book tree at the Imaginon library in downtown Charlotte.

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?

All of the challenges, especially R.I.P. XIII!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Finishing most of the challenges in which I participated, reading 81 books total, blogging more.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Homeschooling has made finding personal time a little more challenging, but at least I still read children’s and picture books to my sons and nephew.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top Ten Favorite Fictional Couples

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

The Girls Who Went Away – It didn’t receive many views and I understand that it’s a non-fiction that hasn’t received much recognition, but I really think that people would find the subject interesting and perhaps even relevant to their family history.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

100 Books Bucket List Poster

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed 4/5 challenges and exceeded my Goodreads challenge goal of 70 books by reading 81.



1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

Where the Crawdads Sing  by: Delia Owens

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

Aurora Rising  
by: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – May 2019

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I don’t keep up with debuts.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

by: Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) – September 2019

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

I hope to blog consistently instead of slacking off halfway through the year and I hope to read at least 75 books throughout the entire year.


10 covers that feature school supplies

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  Today’s theme is back to school and I copied That Artsy Reader Girl and chose books with school supplies on the cover.

I’ll start with the book I’m reading right now:



by: Tara Westover  (pencil)





by: David Arnold  (backpack)





One of Us is Lying  
by: Karen McManus  (notebook paper)





Fahrenheit 451  
by: Ray Bradbury  (book)





The Bookshop on the Corner  
by: Jenny Colgan  (books)





Muse  by: Jessie Burton (paintbrushes, typewriter)





Life in Outer Space  
by: Melissa Keil  (laptops)





by: Lauren DeStefano  (globe, books)





Room  by: Emma Donoghue  (fingerpaints)






Loving Lefties: How to Raise Your Left-Handed Child in a Right-Handed World  by: Jane M. Healey  (chalkboard)



10 Hype Worthy Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  Today’s theme is top ten books that are worthy of the hype they received.  These are my ten picks, in no particular order.



The Language of Flowers
  by: Vanessa Diffenbaugh – This was before Goodreads was as popular and before I was part of The Silent Book Club on Facebook.  So I heard about this book a on a few book blogs and from my mom.  It was excellent and I’ve always heard good things about it, whether or not that qualifies as “hype.” 🙂



  by: Stephen King – I read this fairly soon after it was released, but I still hear a lot about it today from book lovers.  On Silent Book Club it is always one of the first recommended when someone asks what King book they should read.  I loved it, in spite of the weird ending (which is true of many of King’s books).


The Book Thief  
by: Markus Zusak – Awesome, amazing book that people recommend all the time and rightly so.  My husband did read the first chapter and decided he didn’t like it, but he’s not a cultured reader so he doesn’t count.


Beneath a Scarlet Sky
  by: Mark T. Sullivan  – I haven’t heard as much about this book recently, but it was talked about a lot when it was first published.  I loved it, whether or not it was an accurate portrayal of the real Pino’s life.


  by: Emma Donoghue – This has been made into a movie that I haven’t seen yet, but it’s an excellent novel.  The first few chapters were some of the most agonizing suspense scenes I’ve ever read.  My oldest child was the same age as the protagonist of the book, which made it affect me even more.




The Help  by: Kathryn Stockett – There’s a reason this book is one of the most popular novels of the modern age.  The fact that it’s a movie has helped, but that’s the reason it became a film in the first place.  Great story, well written, interesting characters.




Water for Elephants  by: Sara Gruen – I don’t hear as much about this book now, but for a while it was highly talked about amongst book lovers.  I never watched the movie, but the book was excellent and deserved to be recommended as much as it was.



Harry Potter series  by: J.K. Rowling – Do I even need to justify why this is on my list?  This series grows along with the characters and along with many of the first readers.  That is neat in and of itself, but the original story, fun characters, and unique setting tops it off.



  by: R.J. Palacio – For years I heard about this book but kept putting off checking it out.  I figured it was just blown out of proportion or just appealed to young readers.  Boy was I wrong.  It’s fascinating how well this was written that it can reach young and adult readers.  The message is so important as well.



To Kill a Mockingbird
  by: Harper Lee – Once again, I don’t feel there’s anything I can really add to make you understand why this book is on this list, but it truly is a classic tale.  Part of it is how incredible this book was released when it was, at a time when the message was controversial as well as important.  The message is still incredibly important.  Also, I want to take this opportunity to say that I didn’t like Go Set a Watchman and I honestly don’t think it was ever supposed to be published.  Harper Lee wouldn’t have wanted that considering it was a first “draft” of Mockingbird and she obviously decided to write something else instead.



10 Books Linked to Memories

I was traveling this past Tuesday so I missed That Artsy Reader Girl‘s Top 10 Tuesday meme, but I thought it was an interesting topic so I will do it late.  This week’s topic is 10 books linked to specific memories/moments in your life.

1656001The Host  by: Stephenie Meyer – My mom gave me this book the day after I miscarried my first baby, along with a bouquet of flowers.  It had just come out and I had been wanting to read it, but of course I wasn’t even thinking of it after the trauma of losing a baby.  It was so thoughtful of my mom.  I had a lot of trouble sleeping in the weeks following the loss and I vividly remember laying on the couch in the middle of the night reading this book, which I loved.



The Blue Sword  by: Robin McKinley – This was the book that got me hooked on fantasy.  My mom recommended it to me and I remember sitting on my bedroom floor reading this for hours.  Looking back I can’t believe I could sit/lay on the floor without being sore after.




Where the Red Fern Grows  by: Wilson Rawls – One of the first traumatic books I ever read.  I was in fifth grade sitting at my desk during silent reading time and was struggling not to cry.



847947Maniac Magee  by: Jerry Spinelli – I read this when I traveled to Arkansas to visit my grandma all by myself (can you imagine an 11 year old traveling on a plane across the country along nowadays?).  While reading this I noticed I was feeling kind of funny.  That night I had nightmares about Maniac Magee running lost around town and woke up with a raging fever.  I had do delay my flight home because I was so sick.




The Ruins  by: Scott Smith – I read this one the way home from my honeymoon in the Caribbean.  I just remember being on the plane reading this horrifying book.  Haha, not the most romantic honeymoon read. 😉




The Little Book of Baby Names  by: Karen Kaufman Orloff – Here’s a more romantic memory.  Sitting on the deck of a cruise ship on our honeymoon talking about names we liked for a future baby.




The Shining  by: Stephen King – I read this with my “book club” (two best friends).  It always reminds me of them.  I even took it to my friend’s house and we read it at the same time while sitting on her couch.  And then they came over on Halloween and we talked about it.  Fun times!



The Myst series  by: Rand Miller – I read these in high school when I had just started dating the guy who would become my husband.  They give me a warm fuzzy feeling.



58696David Copperfield  by: Charles Dickens – My dad gave me his childhood copy of this book (that I think may have belonged to his grandmother) when I was in second or third grade.  I started reading it and he was just so proud that I could read it at such a young age.  But it was so boring and I didn’t really understand it, but I didn’t want to stop reading it and disappoint him.  So I just pretended to read most of it.  I still own it and I still haven’t read the whole thing!


Star Wars: The Crystal Star 
by: Vonda N. McIntyre – I read this in high school and listened to the same song on repeat while reading it.  For years after every time I heard the song I would think of this book.  And now I can’t remember the song!  But I still remember the feeling I had from the music and book combined.

Mid Year Freak Out Tag 2018

I’m new to the modern book blogging world, so this is my first time doing this tag.  Thanks to Bionic Book Worm and Read All The Things! for introducing me to the tag.

As of June 30, 2018 I’ve read 46 of my annual goal of 70.


The best book you’ve read:


Turtles All the Way Down  
by: John Green


Beacon 23  
by: Hugh Howey


  by: R.J. Palacio



Your favorite sequel:


Memories of Ash  
by: Intisar Khanani



New release you haven’t read yet but want to:


Sometimes I Lie  by: Alice Feeney
I have it on hold at the library.



Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:


Saga Vol. 9  by: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples



Your biggest disappointment:

Lincoln in the Bardo  by: George Saunders
I’m like books that are allegorical or alternative or layered.  I enjoy books whose main purpose are to make the readers think in a new way.  I couldn’t stand this book.  I barely finished it and just skimmed the last few pages.  It presented some interesting ideas about life, but it’s way too wordy.

Biggest surprise of the year:


by: Intisar Khanani



Favorite new to you or debut author:

N.K. Jemison
N.K. Jemisin
I’ve only read one book by her so far, The Fifth Season, but the world building, characters, and timeline were so amazing that I immediately looked up the author on Goodreads and plan to read the rest of The Broken Earth series and start on her other books as well.


Your new fictional crush:


Val from Sunbolt



New favorite character:


Aza from Turtles All the Way Down  by: John Green


A book that made you cry:


Winter Garden  
by: Kristen Hannah


A book that made you happy:


The Girl Who Drank the Moon  
by: Kelly Barnhill



Your favorite book to movie adaptation:

I haven’t watched much this year based on books but I’ve really enjoyed the first season of “Outlander” and I’m on the 4th season of “Call the Midwife.”


Favorite blog post you’ve published this year:

Top Ten Red Books

The most beautiful book you have read:


Saga Vol. 3  
by: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples




The Shell Collector  
by: Hugh Howey




That Inevitable Victorian Thing  
by: E.K. Johnston



Some books that you need to read by the end of the year:


by: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufmann (The Illuminae Files #3)




The Obelisk Gate  
by: N.K. Jemisin  (The Broken Earth #2)



Did you complete the Mid Year Freak Out Tag?  Put your link in the comments!

Top Ten RED books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s topic is 10 books that feature your favorite color.  My favorite color has been red for years and years.  Lately I’ve also been loving teal, but red holds a special place in my heart so here we go.  10 books that have red covers in no particular order.  In choosing from my favorites list, I noticed that most of these books are sci-fi and that isn’t my most read genre.  Just an interesting observation.

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Wool  by: Hugh Howey  (Silo #1)

This is an interesting and unique sci-fi read.  It was my introduction to Howey’s books, most of which I very much enjoy.




Inkheart  by: Cornelia Funke  (Inkworld #1)

A great children’s fantasy that was made into an okay movie.





Life of Pi  by: Yann Martel

An incredibly unique fantasy/magical realism.  It didn’t sound like something I’d usually enjoy, but I loved it.  I still haven’t seen the movie.




The Martian  by: Andy Weir

Am I veering into orange?  This is a popular sci-fi for a reason.  Who would have thought that I’d enjoy it so much with all of the scientific jargon?  It was also a good movie.




Ready Player One  by: Ernest Cline

Once again, a sci-fi that takes place in the future and includes an extensive virtual reality aspect.  It’s an awesome book and I’m hoping the movie will be good too, but I haven’t seen it yet.




Doctor Sleep  by: Stephen King  (The Shining #2

This is the sequel to The Shining.  Read my review because I really connected with this book and thought it was a great sequel.  I was nervous about reading it, but it didn’t disappoint even though it was very different from The Shining.




Dark Matter  by: Blake Crouch

Once again, I didn’t think I’d enjoy a sci-fi book that relies heavily on the theory of quantum mechanics, but this was an interesting, action-packed book.  Yes, I did read a few articles about quantum mechanics and yes, it’s still hard to wrap my head around.  My brain just doesn’t think that way.




Illuminae  by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff  (Illuminae Files #1)

The first in a very unique sci-fi series that isn’t complete yet.  So far only the first two books have been published and they were both great.





Beneath a Scarlet Sky  by: Mark Sullivan

An historical fiction about the Italian resistance during WWII.  It was so well written and I was glad to read about a part of the war I wasn’t familiar with.




11/22/63  by: Stephen King

I know I’m stretching with the red here, but the red really pops on this cover and it’s a great book.  Once again, it’s a sci-fi that deals with time travel back to 1963 and the assassination of JFK.



Top Ten Fiction Titles With the Word “Girl”

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s topic is a word that is frequently used in the genre of your choice.  I’m going with the broad genre of fiction and have picked the word “girl” because seriously, so many books use that word in the title whether they are about girls or women.  Just so you know, referring to women as girls is one of my pet peeves.  These are all books that I’ve read at some point.




The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane  by: Lisa See





The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall  by: Katie Alender




The Icarus Girl  
by: Helen Oyeyemi






The Girl Who Wrote in Silk  by: Kelli Estes




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The Girl on the Train  by: Paula Hawkins
(This is about a grown woman, by the way.)





Gone Girl  by: Gillian Flynn
(This is also about a woman.)





The Drowning Girl  by: Caitlin R. Kiernan




The Ice Cream Girls  by: Dorothy Koomson





Girls in White Dresses  by: Jennifer Close



The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo  by: Stieg Larson




Girl in Hyacinth Blue  by: Susan Vreeland

10 Books Set in Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books that take place in another country.  I live in the U.S. so the books I list will be my favorites that take place in a country other than the U.S.A. but are also informative about the culture/beliefs/history of each country.



Beneath a Scarlet Sky  by: Mark Sullivan

Italy (WWII)




Call the Midwife  by: Jennifer Worth

England (1950s East End London)





The Bear and the Nightingale  by: Katherine Arden

Russia (Medieval folk tales)





Outlander  by: Diana Gabaldon

Scotland (1700s)





All the Light We Cannot See  by: Anthony Doerr

France  (WWII)





Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law  by: Michelle Granas

Poland (2000s)





The Sandalwood Tree  by: Elle Newmark

India (1940s)





The Poisonwood Bible  by: Barbara Kingsolver

Belgian Congo (1950s & 60s)





Mara, Daughter of the Nile  by: Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Egypt  (Ancient Egypt)





Snowflower and the Secret Fan  by: Lisa See

China  (1800s)





Ten Favorite Fictional Couples

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a love freebie.  I like a little romance in the books I read, but I’m not always a huge fan of the characters or the relationships.  But the couples I’m listing today have stuck with me through the years or are newer favorites that I can tell will remain in my mind in years to come.

EDITED TO ADD: How could I forget about Katniss and Peeta in the Hunger Games series!?!


Alana & Marko in the Saga series  by: Brian K. Vaughan

Inej & Kaz in the Six of Crows series by: Leigh Bardugo

Jane Eyre & Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre  by: Charlotte Bronte

Hanna & Nik in Gemina  by: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Elizabeth Bennett & Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice  by: Jane Austen


Louisa & Will in Me Before You  by: Jojo Moyes


Hazel & Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars  by: John Green

Sorcha & Red in Daughter of the Forest  by: Juliet Marillier

Beauty & Beast in Beauty by Robin McKinley

Yelena & Valek in Poison Study  by: Maria V. Snyder


Ten Oldest TBR Books

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday by That Artsy Reader Girl is Top Ten Books That Have Been on my TBR List the Longest.

These are all on the first page of my Goodreads TBR list which I created in 2012:


Half Broke Horses  
by: Jeannette Walls

I enjoyed The Glass Castle so I thought I would check this out as well, but it just hasn’t happened.



Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  by: Seth Grahame-Smith

Isn’t there a movie based on this book? I watched a movie called “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” but I haven’t read that book.  My husband read this one and enjoyed it so I put it on the list…6 years ago.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  
by: Rebecca Skloot

My mom recommended this to me and I’ve seen it recommended highly on several book blogs.



His Majesty’s Dragon  
by: Naomi Novik

Part of the reason this has been left on my TBR is because I didn’t really like Uprooted.  Not that it was bad, but I worry that this will be another 3 star book.


The Stand
  by: Stephen King

I’ve been meaning to read this for the longest time.  I really should get around to it!



The House on the Strand  
by: Daphne du Maurier

I’ve loved the other books I’ve read by this author, but I just haven’t gotten around to checking this out.



The Double Bind  
by: Chris Bohjalian

I don’t know why this is on my TBR.  Some books by the author I like, some I don’t.  But just the cover and the name seem boring.



Life As We Knew It  
by: Susan Beth Pfeffer

This seems like a book I’d really like so I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.



The Clutter Cure: Three Steps to Letting Go of Stuff, Organizing Your Space, & Creating the Home of Your Dreams  
by: Judi Culbertson

Hahaha, I should post a picture of the loads of clutter around my house to share with this.


A Duty to the Dead  
by: Charles Todd

I’ll probably take this off one of these days.  It doesn’t look bad, but with a TBR list that’s 14 pages long, this doesn’t seem like a priority.



In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer  
by: Irene Gut Opdyke

This seems worth reading so hopefully I’ll get around to it someday.