What I Read This Week: July 4, 2021

Happy Independence Day to all of my US readers! I’ll be enjoying these cookies later today with my family.

Photo by Ramona Mead, cookies by Decadent


I finished four books this week. Here’s a rundown.

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Classic play/audiobook

My therapist suggested I read this in regard to my current issues with anxiety and trying to be prepared for every possible scenario that might come up. Keeping that in mind, I suspect I interpreted it in a way I wouldn’t have if I’d just picked it up randomly at a different time in my life. I listened to the audiobook which featured multiple narrators. I doubt I would have understood it as well or enjoyed it as much if I’d read the print version. I chose to listen to it instead of watching a recording of the play so that I wasn’t distracted by visuals. While difficult to follow at times, I found the story interesting and entertaining overall, I appreciated the humor. I recommend this one for readers of the classics.

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

Contemporary romance

This book was absolutely perfect! Our heroine Ruthie is 25 and she’s been working and living on site at a retirement community for six years. She prefers the company of the residents to people her own age. Teddy is a rebellious tattoo artist who just so happens to be the son of the owner of the company who just bought the retirement village. He’s Ruthie’s temporary new neighbor, oh and by the way he’s totally gorgeous and immediately smitten with Ruthie. This is a story about finding your own identity separate from your family’s expectations, and creating a chosen family. It’s also about recovering from childhood trauma and learning you are worthy of love. All the side characters are fantastic and the scenery is gorgeous, plus there’s some great humor. I highly recommend this one for readers of romance.

The Therapist by BA Paris

Thriller/Audiobook

This is a compelling thriller that kept me guessing. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Olivia Dowd. She does a great job as our protagonist Alice and contributes to the suspense in the story. Alice has recently moved into a newly renovated house in a gated community with her boyfriend. After moving in, she learns a murder was committed in the home and that’s why they got a good deal. She then becomes obsessed with the crime, the dead woman, and trying to clear the name of the assumed murderer. I was interested in the murder and finding out what happened. I didn’t care too much for Alice. She was clueless, stubborn, and self-sabotaging. There were a lot of minor characters to keep track of. I’d recommend this for fans of Paris’ previous novels. 

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