I can’t believe that January is finally over! It felt like it dragged on forever and that it was never going to end. Despite January overstaying it’s welcome, I am happy to say that I had a tremendous reading month!
In January, I somehow managed to read nine books! Three of these books were ARCs, two were rereads, one was an anticipated release, and the other three were on my backlist. Overall, I read 3265 pages, which feels pretty crazy when I think about it.
Below is a list of the books I read and a few thoughts on them.
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, and I ended up loving it so much that I went out and bought the hardcover once it was released. I ended up giving this book five stars and I loved every minute of this story. This book also introduced me to Monster Cake, which is a sugary monstrosity that everyone needs in their life. You can check out my review of the book here.
Frankly in Love by David Yoon: My second read of the year was incredibly disappointing. This book had some good points, but I was disappointed because the book wasn’t what I expected. I thought this book was going to be a cute rom-com, and instead, it was a book with a bit too much going on and not a lot of romance. I ended up giving this book three and a half stars, and you can read my review of it here.
One Day in December by Josie Silver: This book filled me with so much joy, and I don’t know why I put off reading it for a year. This book had wonderful and memorable characters and I loved watching them grow over the ten years that this book takes place. Overall, I gave this book four stars and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves love stories.
When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, and unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. I enjoyed the story and the main character in this book, but unfortunately, it wasn’t what I was expecting. There were a couple of scenes in this book that threw me off, and I wish the publisher would have given some indication that the book was heading in that direction. Overall, I rated this book three and a half stars and you can read my review here.
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary: A romance that deals with serious issues, count me in! I loved the relationship between Tiffy and Leon in this book, and I adored the post-it notes they left each other in the flat. More importantly, though, I liked that this book dealt with the serious issues of wrongful conviction and intimate partner abuse. Overall, I rated this book four stars and I’m hoping to have a review up in the next few weeks.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson: This book was a reread for me, and I loved it. I decided to reread this book in anticipation of The Hand on the Wall and I’m glad I did because there are a few things that I forgot. I forgot about a few mega cringy moments between Stevie and David, and I also forgot that one of the main side characters, Vi, uses gender-neutral pronouns.
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson: This book was my other reread of the month, and I liked it just as much the second time around. I loved revisiting the characters again and watching Stevie realize that she solved the Ellingham Mystery all by herself.
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson: I’ve been impatiently waiting for this book for almost a year, and it did not disappoint. I don’t know what I was expecting with this book, but it was perfect and everything I could have asked for. I gave this book five stars and I’m still recovering from the hangover that this book caused.
The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley: This book was an ARC that I was fortunate enough to receive from the publisher through Net Galley. I did have any expectations going into this book, and I ended up pleasantly surprised. I loved the characters and the story, and I definitely recommend checking this book out once it’s released. If all goes as planned, I should have my review of this book up on Monday.