What I Read in January and February 2020

As I’m writing this on March 1, 2020, I am now more than half way through tax season 2020. I’m pretty happy that it’s March already. Usually, February drags on and ends up feeling like the longest month of the year even though it is actually the shortest month, but not this year! Before I get too far behind on these posts, I thought I better write up what I read in January and February of 2020.

Recursion by Blake Crouch

Recursion

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is a sci-fi book almost anyone can read because it’s almost “realistic,” if you could actually travel to your memories. I enjoyed this book. It did remind me a lot of Blake Crouch’s other book though – Dark Matter, which is why I took it down from 4 to 3 stars.

The Dutch House by Ann Pratchett

The Dutch House

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (audio book)

I listened to this on audio because Tom Hanks narrates it. He did a good job with it but I just wasn’t super into the story. It started to drag towards the middle and end. Also, this is a character-driven novel but none of the characters are likable…. so I wasn’t rooting for anyone and it was hard to love this book.

The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

What I Read in January and February 2020 - The Golden Hour

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book is long (460 pages) but I really enjoyed it. You have to keep three timelines straight, but it was worth it. There were two separate love stories and lots of characters to keep track of, so it didn’t get boring.

A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson

A Nearly Normal Family

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the three different parts, each with a different perspective. This book is translated into English from Swedish, which made me a little nervous before I started reading, but I honestly didn’t notice at all. It was a great translation!

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

What I Read in January and February 2020 - The Sun Down Motel

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I had no idea what to expect from this book. I’ve never read a book that had ghosts in it – I usually don’t read about the supernatural. I LOVED this book though! I couldn’t put it down. It wasn’t really scary but it was super interesting!

Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

Good Girls Lie

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wow, what a story! A little dark but still fun to read.

It’s about a girl who goes to a prestigious prep school. There are secret societies involved. Some girls die but you don’t know if it’s suicide or murder… and then there’s a twist and another twist. It kept me turning the pages!

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Once and For All

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (audio book)

This is not my favorite Sarah Dessen novel, but it was a cute book. Sometimes it was sad, but I enjoyed it on audio.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners - What I Read in January and February 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I loved this book! So cute and a fast read! I read it for my book club for February, which was perfect because of Valentine’s Day! Everyone seemed to enjoy it and we want this book to be made into a movie.

Followers by Megan Angelo

Followers

Rating: ⭐️⭐️ (audio book)

I listened to this on audio and I’m glad I didn’t waste precious reading time on this book. This book just seemed so superficial. I guess that’s the point when you talk about a character that just wants to be famous, but it wasn’t a good book fit for me. I listened to it because of Bad on Paper podcast’s book club.

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

The Fountains of Silence

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was kind of intimidated to start this book because it’s 500 pages and about historic Spain, something I know nothing about. But I really loved this book! The chapters are super short, about 1-3 pages each, so the book moves very quickly and it’s not really 500 pages since a lot of pages are blank for the chapter breaks.

I had no idea about these things going on during Franco’s dictatorship – it was super interesting and heartbreaking. I enjoyed the various story lines in this book, which were all interconnected.

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you like the Hunger Games and the Handmaid’s Tale, then you will enjoy this book. It’s about something called The Grace Year – it’s women 16-year-old girls supposedly get their “magic” and they have to go away for a year to get rid of this “magic.” Their magic is basically that men lust after them. They have to go get rid of their magic so they can come back purified and ready for marriage.

The Holdout by Graham Moore

The Holdout

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

If you like a courtroom drama, then you will enjoy this. It has an interesting premise. A jury decides that a man isn’t guilty of murdering a 15-year-old girl all because one juror convinced everyone to say “not guilty.” Then, 10 years later, that juror is arrested for murdering someone. She now has to prove her own innocence.

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