As far as reading goes, this was the most successful month i’ve had since 2020! I never read this many pages in a month in 2021! January is usually my best month for reading so I kind of expected this. I need to wind down from the busy holiday season so I sit and read. There’s also the fact that I always get books for Christmas so I start the year off with excitement!
January was also the hardest freaking month i’ve had in a long ass time. I needed my brain to shut off so I read as much as possible for the distraction. My Grandma passed away, the very next day her last remaining sister passed as well, and the day after that someone i’ve known since kid passed away from complications of covid at the age of 44. Three days, three losses. Then a week later my husbands cousin passed away as well.
And, if none of that was enough to make a person crazy, our entire family got covid. It started with my son who had a 102 degree fever. The next day my husband started noticing symptoms. They both got tested and both were positive. Luckily all of us only experienced mild symptoms. My sons fever lasted a few days, my daughter and I had head/chest congestion and were EXHAUSTED (i’m talking, I wasn’t awake for 30 minutes before I was napping again), and my husband had a bad cough and lost his voice. Considering the many symptoms and severities we had been warned against, we all considered ourselves VERY lucky. I’m also thankful we were fully vaccinated and boosted. I think that’s what got us through.
So yeah – Covid, quarantine, provincial lockdown, grief, and escapism, I read a lot this month! I’m behind on my reviews for most of these, but they will be coming soon! Let’s dive in…
THE LOVE HYPOTHESES by Ali Hazelwood – 3 stars
I’m not going to lie – I was REALLY disappointed by this book. It was good….. well, I mean, it was ok, but it didn’t blow me away like I thought it would. I really enjoyed her writing style, and the plot itself was really interesting and engaging. What this book lacked was character development. They were ok enough, but I didn’t know a single thing about them really! Only the basics. They were just so flat that I didn’t care enough about them to care what happened to them. I’m crossing my fingers that issue is resolved in book 2 because I’ll give this author another shot! Click here for my full spoiler free review
KILL CREEK by Scott Thomas – 4 stars
This one was a pleasant surprise actually! The premise sounds amazing – 4 authors get invited to a haunted house for a strategic social media interview on halloween night. People see things but aren’t sure if they actually saw it. Deaths happen and they wonder if it’s really related. And they all start to write the same book. This book doesn’t hold back punches of its imagery either! The only thing I didn’t really enjoy was that the author always pointed out the girls boobs…. unnecessarily. Click here for my full spoiler free review
TO BE TAUGHT, IF FORTUNATE by Becky Chambers – 3 stars
Becky Chambers is one of my all time favourite authors so I was really excited for this one… but was let down in the end. She’s normally so great at characters and the science behind things. None of that had the chance to come through because of the length. It’s a full length novel’s worth of information packed into 135 pages. So much was happening and there was so much to learn; there was absolutely no time for any of it. Had things been cut out it might have worked. Or if this was extended to a full length novel, there would have been time to work her magic. It was just too rushed and lacked detail and emotion. Full review to come.
I MUST BETRAY YOU by Ruta Sepetys – 4.5 stars
Speaking of all time favourite authors, Ruta Sepetys is at the top of the list for historical fiction. Her way of storytelling is so effective. She tells us the story of a nation through the eyes and life of a single character. It’s through that characters emotions, actions, family, friends, and surroundings that we can feel and understand such a dark time in history. She effortlessly feeds you information and roots your emotions into the core of the character, so every every event is felt in your soul. I was young at the time, so the turmoil in Romania in 1989 was a bit out of my reach and understanding. This book was heartbreaking and beautiful simultaneously. Click here for my full spoiler free review
AGE OF ASH by Daniel Abraham – 4 stars
I have a full review of this one planned to go up in a few days, so I’ll keep my thoughts short for the moment. Safe to say – I’ve been having a really hard time pinning down my thoughts on this one! I felt that the pace was a little slow at times and my attentions wavered. But now, 2 weeks after finishing it, I find myself still thinking about it! Clearly it left an impact on me. I keep going back, drawing lines in the sand, connecting dots, and speculating on the whole thing. Writing this review is going to be hard!!! Full review will be coming this Wednesday.
A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara – 5 stars
If you’ve read this book then you know. You know just how much of a punch to the emotions it is and just how impossible it’s going to be to review! I have no clue where to start. This book took me well over 6 months to read. I got just over halfway through and something happened in the book. I thought my emotions were ready. Apparently not. I was crying so hard I could barely breathe. I was in a state of complete sadness for days. I put the book down and walked away. It was just too painful. That’s never happened before. I had to wait until the right time to pick it up again. When I finally did finish it, I was kicked even harder in the emotion than the first time, then slammed in the face with a baseball bat with confusion… was I happy about the ending? Relieved? Heartbroken? All of the above? It was a lot. I’m not promising a review on this one any time soon. Not sure I can put my thoughts into coherent words…
THE BROWN SISTERS TRILOGY (Get a life chloe brown – take a hint dani brown – act your age eve brown) by Talia Hibbert – all 5 stars!
It’s unheard of for me to binge a series. I NEVER do that! I usually need a pallet cleanser after each one. I read a book in between Chloe and Dani’s story, but I couldn’t get it out of my head. So books 2 and 3 were devoured back to back – and there were no regrets! It doesn’t make sense for me to review each book separately. So, instead, this Friday I’ll be doing a series review for all 3! I’ve never reviewed a series in one go before but I’m so excited! So that’s all I will say for now. Want to know more? Check back on Friday!
Those are the 9 books I read in the month of January! A lot of sadness and stress in my real life this month. I’m just glad that I had books to help me escape and get through all the hard times. I’m really hoping that this was 2022’s way of saying “Let’s get all the hard stuff out of the way now so you can sail through the rest of the year!” Doubt that’s the case, but a girl can try! Regardless, I’m sitting 3 books ahead of my Goodreads goal and my passion for reading has never been stronger!
Hope you had a better January than I did lol
Until next time, happy reading!