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If You Tell

Another book from Kindle Unlimited did not do it for me. It’s definitely hit or miss. If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood by Gregg Olsen was interesting, especially having a child development background and working in child maltreatment prevention, but could have been about half as long. I understand Olsen wanted to really drive the point home of how evil and messed up this mother was, but some exact information was repeated over and over. And the timeline was not always clear or in a logical order. It felt a little all over the place.

Three sisters survived a horrible and traumatic upbringing at the hands of their mother and father. It is incredible to me how she got away with everything she did to her children and others she “took in” to help. But at the same time it’s not that surprising. And this also shows the psychological effects of physical and mental abuse. One of the sisters still felt guilty for getting their mother in trouble and still helped her while she was in prison. It is baffling but impossible to understand unless you have experienced something like this.

It is an interesting read, especially if you are interested in psychology and child abuse prevention/intervention. But you can probably skim quickly through the book and still get the same out of it.


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2019 Reading Challenge

Every year I set a goal of how many books I want to read and my 2019 goal was 34 books. I ride the train to work almost every day so I have a lot of time to read. Add in a number of trips taken this year, both driving and flying, and it was a good year for reading!

I ended up reading 46 books! 6 nonfiction and 40 fiction, which was a good mix for me. I prefer fiction but I make a point to throw in some nonfiction throughout the year. I read some great books this year and love the stats that Goodreads gives you for your year of reading (extra nerd? yep). Here are some of my favorite books from this year and the lovely stats. Now to just set my goal to start a new decade!


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The Library Book

I should start reading the synopsis of books from popular lists that have been on my ‘to read’ list before I start reading them. Or just check my friend Kate’s reviews. What’s on the popular list is not always for everyone.

The Library Book by Susan Orlean was not the worst book I’ve ever read but it was a little dry. Central Library in Los Angles, CA suffered from a massive fire in 1986. This is what most of the synopsis talks about but definitely not what most of the book was about. It gives a long history about libraries and the LA library system and covers the in and outs of libraries in general. It was interesting at times – I learned more about libraries than I ever thought I would know. But it dragged on. And on. And on. The case and investigation about the fire were interspersed throughout but even that story line alone was a little disappointing.

If you’re really into libraries or the LA library in particular, you’ll probably enjoy this book. Otherwise, I’m not really sure you’ll enjoy it. Happy holidays and look for my year of books review coming soon!