January Reads 2021

Oh man!!! I LOVE reading. I remember back in school I would always get so excited for school breaks because I could actually read a book that I WANTED to read. I had a similar experience recently, when Kade started to sleep through the night. To say that it has been life-changing would be an understatement. We didn’t sleep train partially because we are all in the same room and partially because I don’t think my heart could have taken his screams. But here we are 13-ish months later and he started snoozing through the night! Some nights are better than others. For instance, yesterday he woke up at a ripe 4:15am, I have no idea why but whatevs we rolled with it.

But with the good sleeps I have had more energy and that means I could open a book and not fall asleep after reading 4 words. I remember I would say, “I am going up to *insert air quotations* read“, and Kyle would just look at me and chuckle. Because we both knew that just meant going to sleep.

But this month I got my reading mojo back and I just went crazy! So here they are, in no particular order. I added a rating on a scale of 1 – being a blah read to 5 – being an awesome read! I hope this might inspire you to pick up a good book and lose yourself in a story!

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I gave this one a 5! It was an easy and interesting read, I think I finished it in 4 days. A woman by the name of Eleanor battles her mental health while creating a life she never thought was possible. Kind of sad but extremely uplifting, I loved every word!

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

I LOVE historical fiction, so if you don’t then this one probably won’t be for you! I gave this one a 5! Honest takes the long journey across the Atlantic to start a new life with her sister. Upon arriving she realizes that what she now faces could be harder than what he was running from to start with. After struggling to fit in with her new community, the Underground Railroad helps her find purpose and light again. A tale of love, morals and family, this book was everything I wanted and more.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

I started this one RIGHT after The Last Runaway and that book had big shoes to fill so I am not sure if I set myself up for failure but this one was just meh. I love me a romantic, fun and sexy book but I felt like it was all sex, and extremely predictable. The author tries to bring race into the equation but seems to fall short in its purpose, I wanted more of this. I give this one a 2.5. After just meeting in an elevator, Alexa agrees to accompany her new friend to a wedding the next day. With an abundance of sex scenes and little sprinklings of actual storyline, this one would be suited for beach or vacation reading.

In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I LOVED The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, that is what prompted me to read this novel by her as well. I wasn’t as excited about this one but it was still pretty good, I would give this one a 4! A bachelorette party invite from a long-lost friend brings about death, deceit and revisiting a past that is filled with heartache. A page-turner and actually had me kind of spooked as I was finishing it up at 12:04 am, in my dark room.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

A recommendation from my mom that did not disappoint! I want to give this a 5 but I had a few things I got semi-annoyed with at the end so I give it a 4. A psych ward, a mute murdering widow and the ultimate story of revenge had me finishing this book in 3 days! With an insane ending, this book is sure to keep your attention and deliver a great story.

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

I never knew this was a movie but upon getting the book at the library I saw that it was a major motion picture starring Kate Blanchett. I still need to watch the movie but the book was good! I would give this one a 3.5. Some might find the style of book annoying, a mish-mash of emails, letters, faxes and actual monologue from various characters in the book. A highly regarded female architect gets lost in her work and multiple miscarriages while her husband continues to climb in Microsoft. After raising her one and only child many believe she has gone off the deep end. Filled with real-life problems like long-term relationships, mom-shaming and being a victim of fraud this book was a fun getaway!

I am currently reading The Rent Collector and The $100 Startup. And The Memoirs of Cleopatra is in the pipeline, although it is 900+ pages and a little daunting. I am hoping that some of the books I have on my “To Read” List will become available soon at the library so I can write again in February.

Love, Tasman

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  1. Eleanor Oliphant is so good! Defo sad and uplifting at the same time. Looks like you read some good ones in January!

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