Saturday, February 4, 2023

January Reading Recap & Recommendations

 Am I the only one that feels like January lasts an entire year? The longest month ever has finally come to an end and I read quite a few books. I love sharing what I've read each month and what my thoughts were.

Let's get into it!

Carrie Soto is Back by: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Carrie Soto, tennis icon, is working on her comeback and wants to prove all of the critics wrong despite the hurdles in her way. 

I can't really put into words why I loved this book so much, but I REALLY did! I feel like this book reads like a movie, and I was on the edge of my seat reading each detail of the matches. I will say this book is very tennis heavy so if you hate tennis, you won't like this one. If you know nothing about Tennis, you will still be able to understand the storyline and book easily though.

Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars!!

Maybe Someday by: Colleen Hoover

When Sydney discovers that her boyfriend has been cheating on her with her roommate and best friend, she finds herself living with an emotionally unavailable musician she has always had a crush on.

This story was cute and I LOVED the deaf representation in this book, but there were some things that I did NOT love about the storyline. I can't tell you what I didn't love without spoiling it, but overall, it was okay for me. 

Rate: 3 out of 5 Stars

The Family Game by: Catherine Steadman

When Harriet finally meets the rich and eccentric family of her fiancĂ©, she finds herself in the midst of games stranger than anything she could come up with in her own thriller novels. 

This book was CRAZY in the best, most disturbing way!! I loved this thriller and found the ending a total shock. I felt the beginning was kind of slow, but the ending made up for it.

Rate: 4 out of 5 Stars

Regretting You by: Colleen Hoover

This book follows the love stories of both a mom and her daughter. There are parallels between both of their relationships, and they realize there is work to be done on their own relationship as well. 

I really liked this book but I didn't LOVE. Overall, it is a quick read and sweet story but nothing I'll remember long term.

Rate: 3 out of 5 Stars

After I Do by: Taylor Jenkins Reid

A couple on the brink of ruin decide to take one whole year to separate and never see one another.

The entire concept of this book was kind of ick to me so the fact that I still enjoyed it says something for TJR's writing. She somehow made me not hate a book that I feel like I otherwise would have. 

Rate: 3 out of 5 Stars

Verity by: Colleen Hoover

A writer is hired to finish the novels of famous author Verity Crawford who for medical reasons is bed ridden and unable to write. What she doesn't expect is to find Verity's personal journals that reveal a version of Verity no one would expect or believe.

Okay. So much to unpack here. 

First: This one is definitely rated R. Some of the detailed sex scenes in this book were beyond what I typically read and the language wasn't great. 

Next: The storyline and concept was GENIUS as it was kind of a psychological thriller with a twisted romance? I was definitely hooked and confused the whole time.

Last: The ending was either genius or stupid and I really can't decide. 

Rate: 4 out of 5 Stars

Remarkably Bright Creatures by: Shelby Van Pelt

An elderly woman begins working at an aquarium and through an odd relationship with the aquarium's octopus, finds answers to her son's disappearance. 

Yes. I read a book that has an octopus as the main character. I am really not a literary fiction person ... like, at all. Therefore, I was super shocked by how much I enjoyed this book. If you are a literary fiction person, this will probably be a favorite of yours.

Rate: 4 out of 5 Stars

That is everything I read in January. Did you read anything great? Share your recommendations for me in the comments or message me on Instagram. 

Chat soon,


1 comment :

  1. I only read 3 books mentioned above, and all these books are amazing.


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