January 2021 Reading Wrap Up

January 31, 2021

January 2021 Reading Wrap Up

January 2021 Reading Wrap Up (collage of book covers)

How was your January reading?

January was an eleven book reading month: I had zero five-star reads, seven four-star reads, three three-star reads, and one two-star read. I also had one DNF. Find all my January reads listed below in order of Star Rating. 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 read of the month is the Great Escape From Woodslands Nursing Home by Joanna Nell (contemporary fiction) closely followed by The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck (WW11 histfic).

Did we read any of the same books?

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The Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home by Joanna Nell (cover) Image: a tree, a bench, and a dog....black text on white background

The Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home by Joanna Nell

4.5  Stars. (ARC). Heartfelt contemporary fiction. Quirky, mature characters.
Review of The Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home here.

The Invisible Woman (ARC) by Erika Robuck

4.5 Stars. (ARC)  Histfic WW11. Pub Date: 2/9/2021. Review of Invisible Woman here.

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

4.5 Stars  Contemporary YA fiction. A gentler The Hate U Give with similar themes. Review coming soon.

Inside Out & Back Again y Thannha Lai (cover) ....a girl holding onto a tree trunk with one hand on a breezy day

Inside Out & Back Again by Thannha Lai

4.5-5 Stars. Middle-Grade histfic (Vietnamese refugees). This is a reread and I enjoyed it as much as the first time. My brief review of Inside Out & Back Again can be found in this post.

The Answer Is…Reflections On My Life by Alex Trebek

4 Stars. (NF) Memoir. Candid reflections on his life by beloved game show host of Jeopardy!, Alex Trebek. Review of The Answer Is… here.

Miss Cecily’s Recipes For Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman

4 Stars. Heartfelt contemporary women’s fiction. My review of Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies here.

Talk Bookish To Me by Kate Bromley (cover) image: a graphic of a young woman riding over the pages of an open book with her bicycle basket filled with books

Talk Bookish To Me (ARC) by Kate Bromley

4 Stars. (ARC) Enjoyable and fun rom-com. (some steam). Pub Date: 5/25/2021. Not yet reviewed.

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

3.5 Stars. Engaging romcom. (moderate steam). Review of In A Holidaze here.

Ladies of the House by Lauren Edmondson (cover) Image: ai large two story blue house

Ladies of the House (ARC) by Lauren Edmondson

3.5 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary women’s fiction. A loose retelling of Sense and Sensibility. Pub Date: 2/9/2021. My review of Ladies of the House here.

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (cover) Image: a glimpse of a while railing, black text on blue wallpaper with light pink flowers scattered around

The Wife Upstairs (ARC) by Rachel Hawkins

3 Stars. Contemporary women’s fiction. Thriller. A loose retelling of Jane Eyre. My review of The Wife Upstairs.

Brood by Jackie Polzin (cover) Image: white text over a background of chicken feather flying around against a blue sky

Brood (ARC) by Jackie Polzin

2.5 Stars. (ARC) Reflections of a chicken owner. Pub Date: 3/9/2021. Review coming soon.


Braiding Sweet Grass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (personal preference)

Let’s Discuss!

What was your favorite January read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?


January Blog Posts:

What is a Good Ending?

Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies Review

The Dream Daughter Review #ThrowBackThursday

World War 11 Reads

New-To-Me-Authors in 2020 #TopTenTuesday

The Answer Is…Reflections On My Life Review

Where the Crawdads Sing Review #ThrowBackThursday

Bookish Confessions #TopTenTuesdays

The Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home Review

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter Review #ThrowBackThursday

In a Holidaze Review

You Have a Match Review

Reblog: What Was the Best Decision You Made in 2020?

Clock Dance Review #ThrowbackThursday

Reblog: Memorable Reads of 2020

The Chanel Sisters Review

The Wife Upstairs Review

#6Degrees of Separation From Hamnet to Aviator’s Wife

2020 Reading Stat and 2021 Goals

The Map of Salt and Stars Review

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. Well done on a brilliant reading month! The Wife Upstairs is one that I am quite excited to read as I have heard mostly good things about it and I managed to pick it up on kindle for 99p a couple of weeks ago! 🙂

    • Thanks! Enjoy The Wife Upstairs! Lots of readers have loved it! It has a lot of profanity (in my opinion) which affected my reading experience and lowered my star rating.

      • That’s a shame! I don’t really mind swearing in books but it can be annoying when it is very excessive!

  2. I’ve just finished Where the Crawdads Sing, Carol – and like you – I enjoyed it a lot. Interestingly, not all my reading group agreed. Some thought it was too unbelievable but I suppose I just rolled with the story! Everyone thought the nature writing was excellent and it’s strongest point.

  3. Thanks Carol, I’m going to add the Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home to my want to read list. It’s always great to see what others have read and their rating system! I’ve just finished the Godmothers by Monica McInerney for our book club and enjoyed it, a great holiday heatwave read!

  4. How do you do it Carol??! So many books! the only one I’ve read is Inside Out & Back Again. I especially love immigrant stories because I taught at a title one school with mostly immigrant families– and we lived as immigrants for 12 years in Spain when our kids were small. Loved this girl’s story. thanks for all the recommendations!!

    • Thanks Rhonda! Reading is saving my life during this pandemic!
      I taught at a title 1 school, too. Immigrant stories touch my heart. 💔
      Keep in mind I’m not necessarily recommending all these! I’ve just read them!
      Always good to hear from you! 🙌

    • I loved Invisible Woman! I hope you enjoy it! Reminds me of Code Name Helene. Cecily’s is a nice escapist read! Enjoy the Trebeck! He had an interesting childhood! Thanks for commenting!

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