I was joking with a friend that I am a stereotypical Dad sometimes. When I was in England, I went to the Churchill War Rooms. Over the Christmas Holiday, I caught up on and fell in love with the Reacher TV series. And my last book of 2023 is from a very popular series with Dads: Winterkill by C.J. Box.

In this, the third Joe Pickett book, our Wyoming game warden has a battle on two fronts. First, someone kills a U.S. Forest Service employee and he (of course) is the one who finds the body. Second, the biological mother of his and his wife’s foster daughter, a girl they’ve been trying to adopt, comes back for her. The mother is part of a caravan of Sovereign Citizens who set up camp in a nearby U.S. Forest.

It gets real messy real fast. I read the book in two days.

There’s a few reasons for that. Of course, the book is good. C.J. Box knows how to write page turners. COVID is raging again, so it’s not like I’m going out. But I also took this week between Christmas and New Year’s to just…rest. I’ve been through a hell of a lot in the second half of 2023, and I’m still very much grieving the loss of my dog. Instead of trying to be productive over the last few days, I wasn’t. I ran, I cooked, I napped, and I read books. I plan to spend this evening watching a movie. Another friend once told me that you sometimes need to lie fallow. That’s what this week has been.

And with that, my 2023 reading journey is complete. See you next year.

Nail polish: Angels Flight to Starry Nights by OPI.

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.

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