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Book Chat #54 – Tana French, H. Y. Hanna, Andrea Vaughan and William Vaughan, Colleen Hoover, and Rysa Walker

I haven't been doing much reading via my Kindle lately. I wish there was more time to just sit and read, but there isn't. Between helping my kids with school, doing my own writing/editing, and taking care of everyone, sitting and reading is a luxury. Thankfully, though, there have been plenty of audiobooks! I walk Lulu 3-4 miles every day, do dishes and cleaning, and sew masks, and I can listen to audiobooks during all of that! So let's get to all the audiobooks I've listened to in the last month or so…

IN THE WOODS by Tana French

This book took me AGES to get through. I think her writing style is lovely, but I found the sheer amount of details about every. little. thing. to be hard to slog through, even at 2x speed. Though I was happy with the main mystery and its outcome in this book, she still left the background mystery unsolved. I'm not sure if that mystery is solved in later books, but it might be worth checking out. I'd need to set aside time to listen though. These are not easy listens, for sure.


I was very happy to pick up this book in the Oxford Tea Room Mysteries after slogging through the previous mystery in my audiobook queue. I love the light and exciting story H. Y. Hanna crafted for this particular mystery. I did not guess the murderer ahead of time! And I thought the addition of some Russian characters was a great idea. All in all, another cracking addition to this series!

2ND GEN by Andrea Vaughan and William Vaughan

I picked up this book on a whim after getting a marketing email from Audible about it. (Good job, Audible!) It came recommended by the narrator, Luke Daniels, who I enjoy a whole lot. I've listened to a ton of his narrations. And I figured that a YA sci-fi book set on a generation ship was right up my alley. It was! I think the premise was unique enough to set this story apart from others I've read. I enjoyed trying to figure out the mysteries of this story. I didn't necessarily enjoy the adults-keep-secrets-from-the-kids trope that I think is overused in a lot of YA books. Hell, I've even used it before! So I guess I'm not one to talk. Lol. It did not detract from the overall enjoyability of this story, though, and I feverishly listened all the way to the end. The story left off on a big reveal, and I hope the second book in the series will be out soon!

VERITY by Colleen Hoover

I've read other Colleen Hoover books before, but this was my first thriller/mystery from her. Man, this book was ADDICTIVE. I think I listened to it in just a few sittings. There is a lot of graphic sex in this book, so if you're not into that, you might want to pass. I was RIVETED by Verity. I wanted to know what happened to the character, Verity, and why her family was struck by such devastating accidents. I did NOT see the twist coming. This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

TIMEBOUND by Rysa Walker

I usually stay away from time travel books because of my poor short term memory. Time travel stories often rely on the reader picking up on details and discrepancies, which I have a hard time with, and then I get lost and confused. I also struggle with times and dates! Man, I was a horrible history student! Even though I love history. Anyway, despite all MY shortcomings, I still enjoyed TIMEBOUND and the story of Kate, her grandmother, and the time-traveling Chronos historians. Once I had a good grasp of the main threads of the story, I sailed right through the rest. This story was unpredictable and fun! And I can see why Rysa is such a knowledgable and talented author. I've been Facebook friends with her for years and I often enjoy her posts there. It was nice to read one of her fictional works. I picked this one up in a big sale Amazon was having since she also had an Amazon First Read. I am currently listening to the second book in the series, and I'm sure it's as much of a winner as the first book.

And I had some re-listens as well…


I thought I was going from Book 5 to Book 6 in this story, but it turns out I accidentally skipped a book in my re-listens of the Expanse series. Oops! I will go back and re-listen to BABYLON'S ASHES (Book 6) when I'm done with my current listen. It's no big deal to me to skip around since this is my second time listening. I just love this series so much, re-listening is like talking to an old friend.

What have you been reading or listening to?
S. J. Pajonas