Reading Wrap Up: January 2018

Hi, readers!

Today I’m sharing my reads from this past month. Overall, it was a pretty great reading month filled with some classics and a few new releases, too! I’ll first share this month’s reading stats and then move on to highlight the books themselves.

This month I read…

Books: 12 plus 2 books that I marked as DNF (did not finish)

Books by women: 11 / 12

Books by PoC: 2 / 13

Favorite pick of the month: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Now, onto the books!

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

Wow, did I struggle with this book! I was about halfway through when I marked this book as DNF. You can read my review here. I gave this book 2 / 5 stars.

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

I picked this book up on a whim because it was Reese Witherspoon’s book club pick for January. I’m still thinking about this quick read and know I’ll pick it up frequently in the years to come. I’ll post a review of this book soon. I gave this book 5 / 5 stars.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

It has been such a delight to reread the Harry Potter series. I forgot so much of book two as it’s been quite a while since I read this book. Can’t wait to continue my rereading, even as the books start to pick up significantly in length! I gave this book 5 / 5 stars.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I’m so pleased with how fantastic this series is even though I’m an adult. I highly recommend taking the time to reread these books! I’ll post a full review of this series once I finish rereading them all. I gave this book 5 / 5 stars.

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

This short story collection is haunting, lyrical, and memorable. I highly recommend taking your time with this one. I gave this book 5 / 5 stars and you can read my full review here.

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

This book felt considerably darker. Even though this book picked up as it went along, there was a certain lack of charm in this book that precious books in the series handled marvelously. I’ll post a full review shortly and still plan to read the singular remaining book in this series. I gave this book 3 / 5 stars.

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

This was a great sequel in the Rules of Scoundrels series! I wrote a full review for this book, which you can read here. I gave this book 4 / 5 stars.

A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

This book was fantastic! I picked it up on a whim from the library and promptly devoured it. You can read my full review here. I gave this book 5 / 5 stars.

Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

This was my last Austen novel! This is a great book to end on and I found this book to be charming, surprising, and memorable. I gave this book 4 / 5 stars and I’ll update my Jane Austen Introduction post with more thoughts on this book.

The Strays by Emily Bitto

This book was…interesting. I continue to have contradictory thoughts about this book in the days since finishing. I’ll post a full review here on the blog to further process my opinions. I gave this book 3 / 5 stars.

Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

This was such a beautifully written memoir. I highly recommend this quick read that will prompt wonderful thoughts on memory, time, and connections. You can read my review here and I gave this book 5 / 5 stars.

What Happened by Hillary Clinton

I’m so glad I read this memoir. You’ll definitely tear up while reading, but I thought this book was very cathartic. I gave this book 4 / 5 stars and you can read my review here.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

This book is a must read! I devoured this book in one day and can’t recommend it enough. I gave this one 5 / 5 stars, obviously, and you can read my full review here.

That’s it for this month! What books did you finish this month?

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