So if you haven't looked at my Instagram in awhile — or if you don't have Instagram — I've really dove back into reading this year. I don't have much else to do and it's better than playing on my phone, so I've been trying to knock out my almost 30-book-high TBR (to be read) stack so that I can buy more books. The problem is that I buy more books anyways so the stack continues to grow. But in an effort to document everything I've read this year and share it with all of you, I'll be doing monthly roundups of my reads with reviews. So here's what I read in January... on the last day of March.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
I went through this book really fast but I didn’t feel like I was going fast anywhere. The ending felt a little anticlimactic for me and I finished it feeling that there was more to be told here. I think this book is a great opening for discussions into race but I also didn’t feel that it went deep enough. Emira is such a strong character that she could’ve been utilized more to have those kinds of conversations… but maybe that’s the point. She is your average person trying not to be in the spotlight and deal with those hard situations head on. Her relationships with Alix and Kelley really show that. Overall, I did enjoy the book but wanted it to dive deeper and have a bigger climax.
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
This was such a fast read. With the ease of Santopolo’s writing and the short chapters that left me wanting to keep going, this was a 24-hour read for me. The cover has a quote from Redbook saying it’s ~the~ epic love story, and I have to agree. Filled with hope, sadness, love and heartbreak, The Light We Lost was a beautiful book and I thank my SIL for recommending. I became so invested in the love story of Gabe and Lucy and the ending just completely broke my heart. Despite that, it was one of the best books I’ve read and the one that I feel most emotionally connected to.
One Day in December by Josie Silver
** Spoiler alert **
Sometimes you just need to read a good love story with a predictable ending. First off, Laurie and Sarah’s friendship is one everyone hopes for, someone who is there for you no matter what... even though your friend starts dating the boy you’re in love with. I kept thinking that Laurie and Jack were going to get together toward the beginning but Silver makes you go through Laurie’s entire meeting, engagement and marriage with another man. I won’t lie and say I wasn’t rooting for Oscar a little bit. It was almost better to get that delayed gratification of Jack and Laurie coming together after so many years and so many ups and downs. The book ended perfectly and I can’t wait to read more from Silver! She just has an ease in writing that makes her story hard to put down.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
I really enjoyed this book! I had put it off for awhile because I was unsure about it, but the perspective of the three narrators woven together to tell the story as well as Roy and Celestial’s letters created a beautiful but heartbreaking tale of the trials of marriage.
Winner Take Nothing by Ernest Hemingway
While I’ve deduced that I’m not a huge Hemingway fan, I can appreciate his particular style of writing, especially when it’s packaged into short stories like this. There were some I liked and some I loved and some I really despised, but if you want to get started with Hemingway and familiarize yourself with his writing and like short stories, this is a good place to start.
Shop all my January 2020 reads below and be on the lookout for my February 2020 reads coming soon (like in half an hour soon)!
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