Girls, I have been waiting on this post for 6 long weeks!
It’s my JANUARY 2019 BOOK REVIEW!!!!!
So, if you’re new around here, let me explain. Every month, I read some books and discuss them here. The best part about these reviews? The comment section at the end! That is where everyone else chimes in and shares what books they’re reading now and what I should read next. If you are new, you should totally go and read THIS POST here…
…this is where I reviewed all 61 books I read in 2018 plus named my TOP THREE (and my bonus TOP TWO!). There is a complete list of books in that post of every book I read last year.
If you’re a regular around here, thank you. I love you and I’m so excited to do life with you each day. This year, I will be adding in books that both Kensington and Smith read during the month, so that if you have elementary kiddos at home, maybe you can get an idea or two for them as well.
One last thing before we get to the SIX books I’ve read over the last month or so…thank you so much for your prayers, thoughts, sweet emails, messages and comments yesterday. We’re home today and Ashby is resting. Last night was really rough, but we’re hopeful that this morning, things will improve. We were laughing last night because she was throwing up and so I put a wet cloth on her head and she was like, “What are you doing? There’s nothing wrong with my brain!”. Hahahaha! That kid! I am so thankful for all of your love, encouragement and support. It was a long day, but she’s doing okay this morning. I really cannot thank you enough. xo
Okay, the last time we met to chat about books, we ended on a high. The last two books I read in 2018 were two of the best I’ve ever read.
Yes, I said EVER.
This month, I really liked the first book, loved two more, thought one was okay and hated two books.
I don’t think I’ve ever used that word to describe a book before?
Well, I am today.
Here we go…
I kicked off 2019 with the #1 book you guys recommended to me last month…One Day in December by Josie Silver…and I really liked it!!
Okay, I was a little nervous about reading this novel and then reviewing it in January because I thought the title would mean the book was Christmas-y (and who wants to read a Christmas book in January?!), but IT’S NOT AT ALL!! This is a fictional tale about a girl who, one day in December, looks out the window of a bus and makes eye contact with someone who she immediately feels drawn to. That’s how it begins…and then, it follows her and this guy over the next ten years. It’s really adorable reading! This book was very Bridget Jones’ diary for me. Not only is it set in London too, but the main character is quirky, flawed, funny and lovable. If you’re looking for a great chick-lit book to read in February, this is the one. The only thing I would say is that the book takes place over ten years, but it needed one more chapter. I felt, in the end, that it was cut short by just a hair. You know me, I like an ending that really is wrapped up nice and tidy and this one needed just a few more sentences in my opinion.
The second book I read this month was a recommendation from my brother. Both Andrew and I read The Spy and The Traitor by Ben Macintyre in January and LOVED IT. Okay, this is a true story about a Russian KGB spy who turns on them and starts working for Great Britain. Friends, at one point in the book, I realized that I was shaking. I was physically shaking because of the suspense in this book. My heart rate was elevated, and my adrenaline was pumping. I have never in my life had such a strong reaction to a book before. I do not want to give anything away, but this book will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Add to that, the fact that it’s a true story and your mind will be blown.
This book is really wordy and gives a lot of information, so I had to re-read paragraphs often to make sure I was catching every detail, but it was all worth it. This is one of those books I will never forget. Absolutely brilliant!
I love Colleen Hoover books! In fact, several of hers are considered some of my absolute favorites including It Ends With Us which was my second favorite book of 2016. So, I was really excited to read her new one, Verity on our trip to Park City.
I hated it.
Honest to goodness, I really and truly think it’s the worst book I’ve ever read.
Part of me thought I should just not review it and spare everyone the negative review, but the book made me so mad, and I love Colleen Hoover’s other stuff so much, that I feel the need to tell you that I did not enjoy this book at all.
Who else has read this one? Have I lost my mind? I could have stopped reading it, but I was determined to finish because I thought it would have at least one redeeming factor, but nope. I read the last page and it was just as bad as the other ones.
Here is my beef with this novel and then you can tell me if I’m totally wrong and you loved it. First, I’m totally okay with strong language and sexual scenes in books. I read them, review them and always tell you when they’re rated R, but that doesn’t turn me off from a book. Some of my faves, in fact, are rated R. That being said, this book was just gratuitous with unnecessary sex scenes and foul language. I mean…there was just so much and it was all, in my opinion, completely irrelevant to the plot. One or two, I can ignore, but page after page after page of it (with no value to the actual plot) is just not my kind of book. So when you add that to the fact that the book was just DISTURBING in every sense of the word, I was so turned off. Disturbing. Not “Gone Girl” disturbing, like just disturbing disturbing. I found nothing to like about the main character, didn’t like the sub-characters, thought the ending was just as bad as the beginning and WAS NOT shocked at all to read the acknowledgements at the end where she says her normal publishing house didn’t want to be a part of this project, so she published it with someone else. I feel like that speaks volumes right there.
Hahahaha! Okay, I’m done.
I seriously was like “what did I just read??????!!!!” when it was over. Did you like it? Am I crazy? I feel crazy right about now.
It’s going to be a while before I pick up another Colleen Hoover book.
Match Making For Beginners had me at the cover…but kind of lost me after that.
Now, perhaps, I was still cranky coming off the last book, but I just thought this one was okay. This is chick-lit and it’s been hyped everywhere, but I just didn’t get the appeal. I didn’t love the main character, I didn’t understand her selfishness with many of the things she did, and I thought it was really predictable in the end.
I sound mean today.
There were some good parts and some characters that I thought really lent themselves to the story, but as a whole, I didn’t love it.
The last two books I read are by two of my favorite authors…
Sally Hepworth, I just love you.
Friends, I am suuuuuuper lucky and got an advanced copy of her newest novel, The Mother-in-Law and right now, you all should pre-order it.
Like right now.
Done? You pre-ordered it, right? Because the day it’s released, you want it on your porch so you can dig in.
I have always loved all of Hepworth’s novels. They’re original, they’re not predicable, they cover heavy subjects, but in a way that makes them relatable. I’m always just captured by her books and cannot put them down. This new one right here had me at the dedication. Seriously, I opened the book, read her personal dedication, laughed out loud and continued to love it until the very end. This is about a family and the opening scene is them finding out that their mother/mother-in-law has died. From there, a delicious story unfolds. I thought I had the plot all figured out…but I was wrong. There are twists and turns and with each one, I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I loved this book. Really and truly, loved it! It’s about family, traditions, death, expectations, marriage, the fragility of life and maybe…murder. It’s good, y’all. Good.
Here’s the thing…I owe Liane Moriarty BIG TIME because she was one of the authors that really got me reading again a few years ago. You guys told me to read her books and then once I did, I couldn’t stop! I read every single book she published (she’s the author who wrote Big Little Lies) and was so bummed when I ran out. Then last year, she published a new one and I couldn’t wait to read it…and it disappointed me. And then this year, she just came out with Nine Perfect Strangers, and friends, I hated it. Gosh! There’s that word again! I know that I should probably use a softer word when describing a book, but oh my gosh, I just wanted it to end. At one point, I thought “this book is going absolutely nowhere and has no plot whatsoever”, so I swiped up on my Kindle to see how far into it I was and it said 34%! Eeeks! I kind of like a book to have some sort of point by the time I’m 34% into it! I just didn’t like it. It’s a fictional story about a group of 9 people at a wellness center of sorts all working out different issues, but really, I was bored. Hahaha! (Even as I’m reading my own words, I’m thinking how cranky I sound!) Who else read it? What did you think? Again, I think it’s going to be a long time before I buy another Moriarty book. I’ve been too disappointed by the last two, so I should probably move on to another author. Urg. Thoughts? Opinions?
Whew! So, those are the six books that I read. I am just about done with my seventh book, but I’m saving it for my February review. It’s a good one, friends! Thank goodness…I needed a good one 🙂 .
Okay, this year, I asked Kensington and Smith if they wanted to contribute to my book reviews and they said yes. Smith said that for his first month’s contribution, all of your kids should read anything by…
Kensington read two books this month and liked them both. First, she read…
…Wish! She loved this novel! I love it when she reads a book and then wants to discuss it after each chapter. It’s fictional, it’s about a girl, there is a little mystery, some family drama and a dog. It’s everything my ten year old needs in a book. After this one, she read a classic…
…Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. Friends!!!! I must have read this book a dozen times growing up! I am so happy that she’s starting to read more Judy Blume! She loved this one, and it brought me back talking about it with her. I will say that the content of this book is a little more mature (they discuss boys, periods, bras and such), but it just makes me so happy that she liked it. I loved it too.
So, that officially wraps up my January Book Review.
Anyone else emotionally exhausted?
I’m going to need a nap to recover from this one. Hahaha!
Okay, what did you read this month? What should I read next? Give me #allthethoughts in the comment section, please!!! I LOVE BOOK REVIEW DAY! Couple that with a Friday and I’m pretty sure this is a perfect post 🙂 . Love you guys! xo