January was pretty stellar for me for books!
I read 15 – a new monthly record… and they were all 4-5 star reads!?
What!?! That never happens!
A little bit of insomnia and heck of a polar vortex, plus piles of work that keep me close to home, and I get things done around here!
I was super stoked to have my IG photo in the Shark Spotlight of the BookSharks newsletter- my second time featured! Whoot! I have two other really cool features coming out in February – so stay tuned for that!
That’s me – bottom right!
As for my January bookish resolutions…
I am NOT more organized YET – but I am trying! I’ve been using my Bibliophile planner AND I got bookshelves!! Finally, my floor will be seen!
I’m sort of reading what I want to read… sort of.
And I showed PART of my face on IG – does that count?!
OK, here we go – January reads:
January 2019: Audiobooks 2 | EBooks 4 | Print 9
The Au Pair by Emma Rous
Why did Seraphine’s mother throw herself off the cliffs the day her and her twin brother were born? And now her father is gone, too. And she finds the last photo her mother ever took. But she’s only holding ONE baby???
A really awesome thriller – the end is kinda ridiculous but I LOVED it.
The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
Sometimes you just need to start a story with a funeral. And then all the craziness that follows this particular family afterwards, just totally makes sense. You wonder, if one moment, just one event had not occurred… would everything that followed even have happened?
A great story about family- with a really unexpected twist at the end.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
This must be the year of the thriller cause I am getting blindsided left and right! I am pretty darn savvy when it comes to figuring out the killer, guessing who-dun-its, and predicting major twists. This book has me feeling like a complete failure. I seem to have lost my stabber swagger! Or (and this is most likely the presumed reason) Alex Michaelides is just THAT GOOD. The ending!!! OMG!!
The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman
This is a really riveting portrait of how things that happen in your childhood can follow you… and affect you deeply… for years. How the choices you make, and secrets you keep, can ripple out and affect not only other people’s lives, but can haunt you more than ever anticipated. How the relationship between sisters is so very, very complicated, but also one of the most beautiful bonds family has. And how blood does not define who your sisters are. Sometimes friends understand and help you more than family ever could. A wonderful story!
Vox by Christine Dalcher
This book is a horror story. An alarming abuse of power. Shocking parallels of today’s current climate on steroids. This one scared me. Stephen King watch out cause Vox might just be the most terrifying book I ever read. Forget zombies, or vampires… these a a different REAL kind of monster- and cause THIS could happen. I mean, I know it’s a little far-fetched, but seriously…I’m covering my eyes. The blindfold is going back on.
The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Any Schumer
Oh Amy… sometimes I love you, and sometimes I don’t love you, but all the time, you are funny. You are crass, and filthy, and sweet & sassy and I may or may not have peed myself several times while listening to this.
Overall – I liked it!
Bird Box by John Malerman
You know how after you watch a scary movie you get creeped out by every noise in your house? This BOOK did that to me. I have never in my life had a book creep me out so much. And listening to the audiobook just made that creep factor even more intense! INCREDIBLE.
PLEASE read this book or listen to the audiobook before watching that awful Netflix movie!!
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Did someone just slip me some LSD? No really, a roofie or something cause I’m feeling a bit like I just entered an alternate reality where I had no idea what I was reading. I mean, I knew I was reading this Liane Moriarty book, and I knew I had been seeing it everywhere… but I’m pretty sure someone put some magic mushrooms in my chicken lo mein tonight cause what a long, strange trip it’s been… But oh, so fun!
Our Frail Disordered Lives by Mary M. Schmidt
A unique and clever tale of making a deal with the devil and the consequences that ensue. A really entertaining read!
Sophie Last Seen by Marlene Adelstein
All the feels for this one. This book was thrilling, and heartbreaking, and frustrating, and uplifting … there just aren’t enough adjectives. It’s a slow burn, that makes you feel the pain and sadness, but relish in the sweet moments and memories.
Verity by Colleen Hoover
It’s all fun and games until a romance writer crosses over to the dark side! Verity is a disturbing mindgame that’s so insanely fun and f*cked up you just might want to cover your eyes, but peek though, just a little bit – just enough to feel a bit unsettled, super uncomfortable, and eventually have your mind blown into a million pieces of twisted perfection.
Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets by Jacob M. Appel
I’ve never been a big short story reader – I feel like it’s never enough time to tell a story or connect with a character, let alone learn about their story, their history, and understand them. But these stories, although short – really resonated with me. I liked just about every single one!
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
I was THRILLED to get a copy of The Gilded Wolves as part of being a @BookSparks ambassador for the YA Winter Reading Challenge #YAWRC2019 and my eagerness to get my hands on this book was very much justified!
Forks, Knives and Spoons by Leah DeCesare
A really awesome story set in the 80’s (YES!) about two best friends who navigate, life, and love from college and beyond. LOVED it.
Full review (and a GIVEAWAY!) coming soon!
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Clashing personalities, conflicting goals, ego, drugs, and passion all fuel the fire of this insanely popular cult-worthy band and the riveting story of it’s rise and eventual fall. It’s a dreamy landscape of free-thinking, 60s/70s rock-and-roll icons at their height and glory – riding on tour buses, smoking joints, and lashing out on guitars as forms of rebellion and individuality. It’s an addicting story that’s both mood and mind-altering, of when music had real emotion and grit, soul and feelings… and true rock stars that bared it all. AMAZING.
Thanks for reading! What did you read in January that you loved?
Did you read any of these??
Happy February Book Friends – Stay Warm!!