January 2020 Reading Wrap Up

January 31, 2020

January 2020 Reading Wrap Up

January Reading Wrap Up (2020)

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January was a great reading month with three five-star reads and several four-star reads. I read a total of ten books, and I DNF one (which is always a frustrating use of time). Find all my January reads listed below in order of Star Rating and preference. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me. One star reads are usually shelved as DNF.

My favorite fiction read of the month is Big Lies in a Small Town. My favorite nonfiction read is The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11.

Did we read any of the same books?

Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my available reviews are linked.

 Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

5 Stars (4.5 rounded up). Historical Fiction/Mystery/Hint of Romance. A compelling story of secrets, prejudice, and making peace with your past. My full review here.

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11

5 Stars. Nonfiction. Tragic and compelling. My full review here.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

5 Stars. Nonfiction. Exploring mental health, finding meaning in life, and repairing broken relationships. My full review here.

Lovely War by Julie Berry

4 Stars. YA Histfic. Heartfelt, heartbreaking, and charming. Full review here.

Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon

4 Stars. (ARC) Romantic Histfic. Beautifully written and sad. Review coming soon.

Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict

4 Stars. (ARC) Biographical Histfic. An ambitious, smart, and interesting person. Full review here.

Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction by Jarrett K. Krosoczka

4 Stars. Memoir. YA Graphic Novel. Poignant and Inspirational. Full review here.

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

 3.5 Stars. MG. Part of the Three Rancheros series (stand alone). Not yet reviewed.

The Girl in White Gloves by Kerri Maher

3 Stars. (ARC) Biographical Histfic. Sadder than I expected. .Brief Goodreads review here.

Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

2.5-3 Stars. (ARC) Romance/Contemporary Fiction. Light chic lit. Brief Goodreads review here.


Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (50%) ….too much profanity for my taste….characters a bit stereotypical….not sure where the author is going with this story

***Other readers have loved it, so check out some reviews!

Currently Reading: Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga 
Up Next: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

On the blog in January:

My Love/Hate Relationship With DNF

Lovely Wat: A Review

The Only Plane in the Sky: A Review

1st Line/1st Paragraphs: Seven Fallen Feathers

Just Mercy (repost): A Review

Hey, Kiddo: A Review

How I Use Goodreads

Lady Clementine: A Review

1st Line/1st Paragraphs: The Only Plane in the Sky

Trigger Warnings: Yes or No?

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Review


What did you read in January? Did you have a favorite?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. I haven’t read any of these but will definitely add some of them to my reading list. Just today I saw a Romanian blogger add Maybe you should talk to someone to her list and so I am even more motivated to do that too since it is translated into my language 🙂

  2. You read some great books this month Carol. I am behind in reading blogs, but I want to see what you thought about The Only Plane, I have that one on my TBR and want to get to it soon. I am looking forward to your thoughts on Trevor Noah’s book as well.

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