Happy 2018! Anyone else taking place in the Goodreads Reading Challenge? One of my goals for this year is to up my time dedicated to reading…my evenings should be spent either writing, reading, or yes, occasionally watching reality TV.

So far this year, I am two books into my 25 book goal. I consumed Murder on the Orient Express¬†and cannot wait to get my hands or Kindle e-reader on more Poirot. He is by far one of my favorite fictional characters and Christie’s magnificently constructed story….well, it’s no surprise this story has stuck around as long as it has.

My second book for the year…The Handmaid’s Tale. I wanted to love this book. I wanted to REALLY love this book. I have a Margaret Atwood quote hanging up in my office, for goodness sake. But I felt unable to connect with the main character, Offred, from the start. I’ve spent a good deal of time pondering if this was all part of Atwood’s plan, to keep us disconnected from Offred just as she was disconnecting herself from her terrible predicament. Yet still, it kept me distracted from the story. I loved the ending and how it substantiated the tone of the book. And, of course, Atwood’s use of language and sentence structure is right up my alley.

Good luck to you, fellow reader! Future books on my horizon include The Great Gatsby and a range of Sci-Fi classics. Happy reading!