January Wrap Up

January Wrap UPHello,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the New Year, I have to say that the start to the year has been a great one and hope it continues that way. 🙂 I read 15 books this month, thanks to the biannual bibliothon and audiobooks. Out of those 15 books 8 of them were audiobooks.

I have been into audiobooks lately I can read along at a faster speed and listen while doing chores.  I have so many great books I want to read and this is helping me get to them. 🙂

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash           

  • 2 Stars
  • Audiobook
  • Too many POVs, wanted more from Ella May’s POV
  • Didn’t connect to characters
  • The foreshadowing to Ella May death wasn’t subtle or clever

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine                

  • 4 Stars
  • Audiobook
  • Addictive Psychological Thriller
  • Amber is an unlikeable character but it didn’t bother me being inside her head
  • I did see some plot twist coming
  • Overall it was an very enjoyable read

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory                   

  • 4 Stars
  • Interesting and entertaining
  • Enjoyed reading from Margaret Poles POV and her views on King Henry VIII court

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory          

  • 3 Stars
  • Margaret Tudor is depicted as being jealous, petty and whiny which did get annoying.
  • I thought it was going to be told in three POVS but was only told from Margarets. Instead there were letters between Katharine of Aragon and sister Mary.January Wrap Up

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon                 

  • 4.5 Stars
  • Audiobook
  • Atmospheric
  • Creepy
  • Did not see the plot twist coming

I See You by Clare Mackintosh             

  • 3 Stars
  • Audiobook
  • Good addictive read
  • A little Far fetched
  • I felt like it was good idea and could have been great but something about it was lacking
  • Overall, I liked it but just wasn’t the greatest

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows               

  • 4 Stars
  • Fell in love with all the characters
  • Found it to beautiful story
  • I thought it would be difficult to be emotionally connected to the characters because it was written in letter format but that wasn’t an issue.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich              

  • 2.5 Stars
  • I found the writing to be dull and had to push myself to read it
  • I like the premise of the story but unfortunately I was not into her writing style

The Evening Spider by Emily Arsenault         

  • 2 Stars
  • Audiobook
  • Started off good but
  • Abrupt ending, very unsatisfying.
  • I wish there was a better connection between the dual timelines.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell                       

  • 3 Stars
  • It was interesting to read about this piece of history that I never heard about before
  • I thought I was going to like this more than I did but still liked it

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys                   

  • 3 Stars
  • Audiobook
  • 4 POVs
  • Disappointed, I wanted to fall in love with this book but it was ok.
  • I wasn’t  emotionally connected to the characters as much as I wanted to be.
  • Chapters too short, not much time spent with characters
  • Enjoyed the historical aspect of it and that it shined light on a tragic eventJanuary Wrap up

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis             

  • 3 Stars
  • Not quite what I was expecting
  • I was expecting this to be a creepy novel about a girl that goes to an insane asylum
  • Kind of reminded me of Stalking Jack the Ripper because it is more of a murder mystery

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena                

  • 3 Stars
  • Audiobook
  • Unlikeable characters, no
  • More enjoyable than her first novel The Couple Next Door
  • Unpredictable, didn’t see that plot twist at the end.

The Breakdown by B.A Paris                 

  • 2.5 Stars
  • Audiobook
  • Repetitive, was bored that the author kept having scenes showing Cass being forgetful with her memory and feeling guilty
  • I thought it was obvious about what was going on
  • The one big reveal I was not expecting

Gilt by Katherine Longshore               

  • 3 Stars
  • love books set during King Henry VII reign and this was no exception
  • I enjoyed reading from Kitty’s perspective
  • Enjoyed Kitty’s romance story line.

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