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Reading Recap

#whatismillzreading –> I think I’m going to try to make that a thing… I said I would create a reels of my January reads, but I didn’t. It’s hard enough for me to make stories so I decided to save them and recap all the books I’ve read so far in 2022.

  1. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus (audiobook): It was a bit predictable; but I think only because I had read a book with a similar plot in December so I anticipated the outcome and was right. But it is a really good read.
  2. 1996 by Kristy McManus (eBook): This was a nice play on the time travel trope which means I didn’t expect the outcome, yet was pleasantly surprised. If I could travel to the past, this is how I would like to do it.
  3. Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena (audiobook): the parents in a wealthy family die and each child had a motive. I could not figure out who did it until the guilty one confessed. But it’s what happened afterwards that had my head spinning.
  4. The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (audiobook): I wasn’t a fan of this book and if I were reading instead of listening, it probably would have gone in the Did Not Finish (DNF) pile. But I’m glad to have supported a black writer.
  5. Home is Not A Country by Safia Elhillo (audiobook): *sigh* I loved this book, a novel-in-verse read by the author about a girl struggling with who she is and who she wishes to be.
  6. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid(audiobook): I have mixed feelings about this one. I loved the supporting characters, but was left disappointed by the two whose perspectives we get throughout the novel. I don’t know…if I were in academia, I’d probably write a paper about my feelings.
  7. Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge (audiobook): Beautifully written…I really enjoyed it. I thought it was the perfect example of a journey to becoming your own person.
  8. Miss Mabel’s School for Girls by Katie Cross (eBook): This is book one in a series that I’ll more than likely finish it because I’ve got to see how the story unfolds. It’s not the type of book I would normally read, but was quite interesting.
  9. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (audiobook): I tried to watch the series after reading but couldn’t get through the first episode… If you’ve watched it, I encourage you to read–or listen to–the book. Everything isn’t just black and white.
  10. All her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris (audiobook): Shocker–I had so many “what in the world?!” moments while listening, some of them out loud. But I, like many who reviewed the book, did wonder about some of the main character’s decisions. Aside from that, it is a very good book.
  11. The Therapist by B.A. Paris (audiobook): back in 2020, I read Behind Closed Doors by this author so I knew this would be a treat; and she does not disappoint. My biggest takeaway from this one: if a person seems to be everything you’re looking for, be careful.
  12. You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacy by Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar (audiobook): I forgot that I’m not fond Amber Ruffin’s voice, which is why I never watched her late night show. But I love her clips and snippets on social media. With that being said, Amber and her sister manage to make some tragically sad and infuriating experiences of racism a bit more bearable by cloaking it in humor. I wish I had read the actual book to see the pictures…the visuals from their descriptions just wasn’t enough for me.

Hopefully March will be a better month for me as it seems I’ve overcome my reading slump. If you’ve read any of these or if you plan on checking one or more out, drop a line or a comment. I love talking about books.

Until Next Time,

Inilya XOXO


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Hello! First, I have to tell you this: I LOVE the smell of books! New books, old books, glossy-paged, picture filled books. I will open a book, hold it to my nose, close my eyes and slowly inhale. Okay, I'm so glad that I've gotten that off my chest. If that doesn't make you uncomfortable, then this blog is just for you. I enjoy writing and I often have to keep my imagination at bay as I meander through my 9-5. Please follow and feel free to share with your friends.

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