January/February Book Roundup

IMG-1791.JPGToday I’m dusting off the old blog and sharing a roundup of what I read over the last two months!  Late last year I made a very conscious decision that this year I would spend less time watching TV and more time reading in my down time.  That decision combined with some serious third trimester insomnia has allowed me time to enjoy some really great books.  I’m well on my way to meeting my goal of finishing 30 books this year . . . although I’d love to exceed that number!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine:  I loved this book so much!  I’m happy this was my first completed book in 2018 and I’m hoping it sets the tone for many more great books to come this year.  This book is both hilarious and heartbreaking.  (5 stars).

Fierce Kingdom: This one was a little hard for me to get into, but it started picking up mid-way through and got pretty exciting towards the end. (3.5 stars).

And We’re Off: This was a pretty quick read and makes a great travel companion!  I enjoyed the coming of age story and found the exploration of the mother/daughter dynamic to be a nice addition to the overall story.  (3 stars)

Since We Fell:  This was my first Dennis Lehane novel, and I have to admit that the reason I gravitated towards putting this book in my cart is because I knew he wrote Shutter Island and Mystic River.  I really enjoy Lehane’s writing style and even though the beginning was pretty slow, I appreciated the character development.  The story turns into more of a thriller about mid-way through and there are some unexpected twists and turns.  Overall I really enjoyed this one. (4 stars)

Who Do You Love:  This book started out great and I had really high hopes for it with the sweet plot line.  However, about mid-way through I found myself getting frustrated with the characters and their relationship drama.  I think this book was worth finishing, and I’d still give it an average rating, but it wasn’t my favorite. (3 stars)

Everything, Everything: Another YA novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.  It was a quick read with an unexpected twist, and I’d definitely recommend it! (4 stars)

The Magnolia Story:  Who doesn’t love Chip and Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper?  I was happy I got to listen to this one as an audiobook because hearing Chip and Joanna read their own words just added to the experience.  Listening to how they built their businesses and their relationship was so fun and inspirational. (4 stars).

Dark Matter:   I saw this book everywhere last year.  It seemed like everyone was talking about how they couldn’t put down.  It definitely didn’t disappoint.  Normally I’m not really into science fiction, but the story here has a perfect balance of sci-fi, action/adventure, and love.  (4 stars)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Lugo: Old hollywood glam meets maximum drama.  That’s probably the worst book description ever, but since this book wasn’t quite my cup of tea and I know how many people really love this book, that’s all I’ll say.  After finishing Dark Matter it was nice to have something different, but let’s just say that I’m happy to move on to my next book :) (3.5 stars)

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