Goodreads Monday: Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. If you want to participate, simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Make sure you check out Lauren’s Page Turners and link back to her blog and add your own links!

The book that I chose to showcase today is one that has been on my TBR list almost the longest—since June 2012! Maybe I should read it, or just remove it?!

So, here is my book for this week:


Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

November 8, 1998 by Harmony Books


The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for fifteen years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby’s life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor. But what if—as Sibyl’s assistant later charges—the patient wasn’t already dead, and it was Sibyl who inadvertently killed her?

As recounted by Sibyl’s precocious fourteen-year-old daughter, Connie, the ensuing trial bears the earmarks of a witch hunt except for the fact that all its participants are acting from the highest motives—and the defendant increasingly appears to be guilty. As Sibyl Danforth faces the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the accusations of her own conscience, Midwives engages, moves, and transfixes us as only the very best novels ever do.

My Thoughts:

The only reason I can think of that I haven’t read Midwives yet (well, 3 minutes of chapter 1, but does that count??) is that I have it as an audiobook, and I’m still learning to like/love audiobooks. I can honestly read a physical or ebook so much faster than the narrator can read to me, so that bugs me! But, I’m learning to like them more since I think once I start back teaching plus taking my own classes in August that audiobooks will allow me more flexibility in getting my “fun” book fixes easier 🙂

So, how do any of you decide whether a book has been on your TBR list too long? And, has anyone read Midwives? If so, do you think I should I keep it for when I need a really good audiobook? Or should I say bye after 5 years? Thanks all! 🙂



5 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday: Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

    1. Thank you! 😊 It looks good. I just need to read it, lol! Five years is a long time to have it sitting around! I have several friends who’ve read it and love it…that’s were I got it; it was given to me when a friend finished it. Maybe sometime this summer…

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      1. I know that feeling!! I’ve had some books on my shelves for I don’t even know how long and I’ve just never gotten around to them 😂😂🙈🙈 hopefully soon…


  1. Lol, me too! If it weren’t for Goodreads, I wouldn’t have known how long that one was on my TBR list 😁 I’m sure I have some on my bookshelf that I haven’t read that I’ve had longer than 2012 😮 I think they just get pushed aside because so many other books get put on the TBR list…at least that’s my excuse, 😂! I need a clone to read all day, so I can do all the other stuff that needs to be done in real life!


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