: George Orwell
Publication Date: 1949
Genre: classic, fiction
Method: audiobook via TPL

In 2022, I set out to read at least 4 classics, planning to read this in December. Honestly I was kind of excited about it because I thought I had fond memories from reading it in high school like 10 years ago. Um, not sure what I was thinking because this was kind of awful, to be blunt. I was intrigued for like the first quarter but it just dragged from there. Why is this mandatory reading in high schools??? This is why kids graduate high school and literally never read again, because of dull books like this. I need to just recognize that I read to either be entertained or learn something, and this story did neither of those things for me. If anything, maybe I retained enough to get a rogue Jeopardy question right, but unlikely because this was a snooze fest
Buzzword Readathon: December selection

56 Days
Author: Catherine Ryan Howard
Publication Date: August 2021
Genre: thriller, mystery
Method: ebook borrowed from TPL

I didn’t really have an expectations going into this story but this was a good time! I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the COVID pandemic as a backdrop for a mystery thriller but I thought it was well done. I liked the pacing and the cliffhangers, and the intrigue was there for me through the entire story. I’m always a fan of alternating timelines and I liked the countdown component of the story i.e. 56 days ago, 35 days ago, today. I’d pick up more from this author in the future!
Buzzword Readathon: December selection

Let’s Get Physical
Author: Danielle Friedman
Publication Date: January 2022
Genre: nonfiction, history
Method: hardcover from personal collection

I have a confession. I haven’t actually finished this book, but I made it like halfway through. I’ll finish it one day, I swear!

Until next time, Meryn