2019 Books and 2020 Hopes

I love audiobooks. Here are all the books I either read or listened to in 2019. I didn’t hit my goal of 25 books. Most of my favorite authors release books in the fall so the rest of the year I’m out there looking for good books. I mainly listen while commuting and that is a short trip!

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I get the most listens while doing some kind of labor. Mainly woodwork. Towards the end of the year is when I started woodwork again so I went through a few books quickly.

This year my favorite book is either The Dry by Jane Harper or Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. One is a murder mystery and the other… I can’t describe the other. Drama maybe? Psychological? Either way, highly recommend them. No spoilers!

Hopefully this year I can read up to 20 books. Hopefully this year I can blog more. Hopefully this year I can jog more. Hopefully this year I can read the Bible more. Hopefully.

Movie Investment

No, I’m not funding the next blockbuster. I’m talking mostly about time. Today, went to go see the movie Glass. I am a big fan of M. Night Shyamalan movies so I was looking forward to checking it out.

Spoiler alerts. Glass is supposed to be the third installment of a trilogy. Part one was Unbreakable and two was Split. Both those movies, on their own were outstanding.

Glass, was terrible. I really wanted to walk out but we were too invested. It was about 45 minutes in when I realized it wasn’t getting better. I didn’t even care that the dude in front me was checking his phone periodically. I just wanted the movie to end.

Spoiler alert. Night must be trying to create his own comic universe much like Marvel and DC. He brings in this mysterious organization that is out to play down hero powers. It is not very well done. It’s kinda boring and not very believable.

Without saying more all I can say is that it was not a good movie. I can’t recommend it.

Investing in a Book

Some may know that I do not like watching movie trailers. I feel they give away too much. Similarly, I do not like to read what a book is about. I browse books by their rankings, previous books by the same author, by category, and yes, even by their cover.

Many years ago, this method backfired on me and I ended up reading a book I would have never have read. What’s funny is that I had previously recommended the book to a friend who likes that kind of book. The book was The Passage and I only knew that it was about vampires. I passed it up and forgot all about it until several months later when the book crossed my path again. I had totally forgotten about it and it’s main subject. I only knew that it was topping the charts so I started reading it.

I remember it took several chapters before I realized it was a vampire book, but by then, it was too late. I was already too invested.

So invested, that I was super annoyed that it took years for parts two and three to come out! Grr.

I recently recounted this story to the missus because Fox has now made it into a TV series. I watched the first episode and it was…. Different. Didn’t hate it so I’ll see how much I invest into it.

My Books of 2018

I had set a goal of 25 books to read (or listen) in 2018 but I was only able to do 18. I would say 90% of the books are audio. I listen to books while I drive, bbq, work in the garage, etc etc.

My favorite book of the year would have to be Where The Crawdad’s Sing. I took a solo road trip to Lockhart, TX and I listened to it nonstop on the way there and back. It was that gripping. Highly recommend.

I set a goal of another 25 books this year. So, if you have a recommendation leave a comment below. Follow my progress on Goodreads here:

Book: Don’t Let Go

I am not really sure how to do book reviews, but I do want to share books that I have recently finished. I just finished Harlan Coben’s Don’t Let Go book and I really enjoyed it. I personally don’t like to read previews so I really don’t want to say too much but I guess you have to when doing reviews?

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The book is about the death of a cop’s twin brother and girlfriend when they were almost out of high school. It is now almost 15 or so years later and things are happening that are shedding new light to their deaths, and lives. Was it accidental? Murder? Suicide? A cover up?

All these questions are brought up and the story is gripping. I found myself listening to the audio book while having lunch and dinner. Usually I only listen while driving or working in the garage but I couldn’t stop. I highly recommend this book. I prefer audio books and this one is narrated perfectly.

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Reading Audiobooks

I guess I should say, Listening to Audiobooks.

It all started when I drove up to meet my brother upstate to pick up his kids. It was a long drive so I thought it would be cool to listen to a book. I couldn’t decide on a book so I chose a book I had started to read few years go. “Cell” by Stephen King. It was so good. The drive up flew by because I was so into the book. The drive down was another story. I had to actually talk to my nephew and niece! Oh, talk and play word games.

Anyway, so when I started working in Port Isabel, I knew I would use that 45 minute drive to listen to books. “Cell” was a really long book and just as good. It got so good that I would lay on my hammock here at home listening to it.

I tried another Stephen King book after that but it didn’t do anything for me. It was the “Dark Tower Series”. I still have the whole series in Audiobook if anyone is interested. A few chapters into it I turned it off.

So then I started asking people for recommendations. My friend Christi recommended “The Partner” by John Grisham. Forget it. I was hooked to Grisham books and Audiobooks after that. That was such an awesome book. Every book is compared to “The Partner” now!

As I said, I was hooked to John Grisham books after that so I have listened to “The Associate” and “The Street Lawyer” since then. I tried “The Last Juror” but it just didn’t do anything for me. They were not as good as “The Partner” but still really good. I have all of John Grishams books ready to listen to but took a break and started listening to some books my bosslady recommended. She got hooked on “The Partner” as well.

She recommended to me three books by Mitch Albom. “Tuesdays with Morrie”, “For One More Day”, and “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”. I listened to “For One More Day” and it too was really good and very sad. “Tuesdays with Morrie” started off ok but it turns out Morrie should have wrote Hallmark cards because that’s what it turned out to be. Cheesy advice from a dying old man. Normally, I wouldn’t read what a book was about but with a title like “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” I was compelled to find out if I would be reading some self-help book with a so-called Christian twist to it. It doesn’t appear to be so but it does sound like it is going to be Hallmark-y so I am going to pass on it.

Since I don’t like reading what a book is about, that is why I didn’t write what these books were about; the ones I liked anyway. So, if you know me well enough to trust my judgement, then read or listen to these books too.

I’ll probably start another Grisham book tomorrow unless someone can chime in before then to recommend something.