What I Read In January 2021

January reading list

Y’all I am so proud! I’m on a roll with my reading goals so far this year. 7 out of 25 in month 1! Some of the below books I listened to, some I read physically, and some I read digitally. Whats your favorite way to read a book?

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My mother in law lent me this book after we visited for the holidays, and I’m so glad she did! I loved it! It started slow but completely pulls you in. The fact that it’s based on truth is even better. I was in tears by the end and loved it. The authors note at the end is even a great part of the book! If you’ve ever read C.S. Lewis it was quite fascinating to learn more about his wife in this historical fiction.

The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the second book in the Scottish Bookshop series. I read the first one and loved it! I think this second on was a good book. I loved that the characters come over from the first book. However, I felt like the story dragged on a little bit. The ending just kind of ended rather than really finished the story well. I would highly recommend the first one, but you could skip this one.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Oh my heart! This book is sad and thought provoking but so good. It’s about a student and his dying professor and how that professor has impacted his life in the best of ways. The underlying message about not taking life to seriously and enjoying every moment you have is amazing!

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Holy cow! This book is so good. It’s very intense. I listened to the audio book, which I don’t think I’d recommend. Reading would have been better in my opinion.

While World War 2 is such a popular subject among books and movies this book is written from such a different perspective. You know about America during the war or Britain, but when have you ever thought about what it would have been like to be in a country that was occupied by the Germans. I’ve never thought about what women in a small town that was taken over. What their life was like or how they’d survive surrounded by Germans. This book gave me that perspective. Sometimes hard to stomach has the reality is not pretty but so eye opening! It’s amazingly written!

One Day in December by Josie Silver

4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What a cute book!! At first I thought it was going to be predictable but it definitely has its twist and turns I wasn’t expecting. While the ending is expected it’s still so cute in the best way! Such an easy read but completely heartwarming.

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I loveddd this book! At first I was a little hesitant since it was set in 2020 but written prior to knowing about the pandemic and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the dates in there not being accurate to current circumstances. However, once you start reading it totally does not matter! This book was so captivating I read it within two days. The story line really is adorable and catches you right away. The characters and their love story is very realistic and relatable.

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Such a cute book! The characters story while a tad cliche is written without the cliche elements. I thought it was more unique than a typical fake dating relationship. I also loved that the characters were diverse.

What have you read lately?



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