The Books I Read In January

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

This post is wayyyyy late, I know. It's been a minute since I've had a chance to sit down and devote time to writing this long post. It's an in depth one since January was a very productive month for reading. It was a combination of kicking off the year with a new reading goal and being overly eager to smash it and having a list of really good books to read. 📚 From the moment the clock struck 12 am on January 1, 2020, I hit the books. Literally, I took a single sip of prosecco and moved on to reading! By the middle of the month, I had 4 books read and was on a roll!

Here are the books I read in January:

Lost Hills by Lee Goldberg         5 of 5 stars
This is the first book in the Eve Ronin series. I read it because the description reminded me a lot of this book and this one, and I loved that series. Deputy Eve Ronin is tasked with finding a missing woman and her two children outside of Los Angeles after discovering their blood-splattered home. I really enjoyed the twist in this book and never saw it coming. Looking forward to book #2.

I See London, I See France By Sarah Mlynowski     4 of 5 stars
I love a book that makes you feel like you are part of the adventure. That's exactly how this book is. When nineteen year old Sydney's trip to Europe doesn't quite turn out exactly that way she had planned, she decides to just roll with out. What ensues is a perfectly unplanned trip that exceeds all her expectations.

The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green         5 of 5 stars
Jane Green never disappoints. I've read many of her books, and each one has left an imprint on my heart. You get to know the characters on a level that makes you think they are real. This particular book finds three somewhat estranged sisters being presented with the dilemma of assisting their dying mother, who is a one-time Hollywood starlet who has retired to Connecticut. The characters of this novel are so rich. I was thinking about them long after I finished reading the book.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus       4.5 of 5 stars
This is a young adult novel, but don't let that sway you from giving it a try. Emma had read this book last year as part of her language arts class, and when I saw it on Amazon for $1.99, I downloaded it and thought I'd give it a try. I was skeptical, thinking that maybe I wouldn't be able to relate to high schoolers, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easily I could relate to the characters and the storyline. This book is dubbed "Pretty Little Liars" meets "The Breakfast Club". When 5 strangers walk into high school detention but in the span of the detention, one of the students dies. Investigators determine that he didn't die accidentally, but who killed him and how?

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris      5 of 5 stars
This book was sooooo good. I finished it in less than two days. I just couldn't put it down. It's an autobiographical account of a young man's imprisonment at Auschwitz as told by the author Heather Morris, who interviewed Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov in depth for the book. Shortly after Lale arrives at the Auschwitz concentration camp, he is taught how to tattoo identification numbers on the prisoners. This isn't just an utterly horrifying account of Lale's experience in the camp, but it's also a story of good defying evil and the story of hope and rebirth.

A Year of Second Chances by Buffy Andrews       5 of 5 stars
Divorced mom of two, Scarlett, is in a rut. When she finds a bucket list she created as a teenager, she is determined to cross every item off the list...well, every item within reason. Inspired to change her life, Scarlett sets out on an adventure that breathes new life into her. I loved this book for so many reasons, but mostly because it was the story of a woman in her midlife who empowers herself to push beyond her comfort zone and put herself first for once.

What books have you read recently? If you have a recommendation for me, please leave a comment!

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