January & February Reading Roundup

January & February Reading Roundup

Since I dropped the ball on getting a January Roundup written I decided to review January and February in one post. I am really hoping to keep up with my monthly review posts this year so I have them all in one place. 2018 is shaping up to be an awesome year of reading. I am 12 books in to my goal of 75 this year, which is right on track!

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The Snow Child-Eowyn Ivey

I struggled with this one. I really wanted to love it, I wanted it to be a magical and enchanting fairy tale, but it just wasn't for me. I struggled to get into it and I never felt connected to the characters. The setting was gorgeous and the writing was beautiful, but I just didn't love the story (especially the ending). I liked this one, but didn't love it. 3 stars

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Coming Clean-Kimberly Rae Miller

This one is the memoir of a woman who grew up in a hoarder home. I read this in one afternoon. It was heartbreaking, frustrating, and hard to read at points, but I couldn't put it down. This was a well written memoir and Kimberly doesn't hold back on the details. 4 Stars

P.S. This one is free on Kindle right now. If you don't have Kindle you can download the app on your phone to read.

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At Home in the World-Tsh Oxenrider

Oh, I really wanted to love this one! It is about a family that sells their house to travel the globe with their kids. I dream of traveling the globe with my family, so this one definitely called to me, but I felt like she focused more on complaining about how hard it was than really talking about the places they went and the things they saw. I know it was hard, I don't think she should leave that out, but I want to hear about the beautiful parts too! 2 Stars

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Turtles All The Way Down-John Green

Oh my. Some people have strong opinions on John Green. Ive read a few of his books, but have always been pretty neutral. This book left me thinking he is a freakin' genius. As someone who struggles with anxiety this book explained what goes on in my head better than I ever could. It was beautiful and heartbreaking and lovely. If you read any YA this year it should be this.

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Just Don't Fall-Josh Sundquist

I love Josh Sundquist and his memoir has been on my to-read list for years. I finally picked it up and was slightly disappointed. I loved reading his story, but the childlike voice it is written in was so grating. I understood it at first, at the start of the book he is a child, but as he grew into adulthood it didn't change much. It was hard to read at points, but I laughed, I cried, and I didn't hate it. 3 Stars

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The Moth Presents All These Wonders

I had no clue what The Moth was when I picked this one up, the cover sucked me in. It is a collection of stories told at The Moth events in NYC. Each story is based on a different theme for the night. There was such a wide variety of stories in this book and every single one had me captivated! Loved it. 5 Stars

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Born a Crime-Trevor Noah

This is a collection of stories from Trevor Noah about growing up in South Africa. Believe it or not, I barely knew who he was before reading this. I haven't watched The Daily Show since he took over and don't pay a ton of attention to celebrities. I listened to this one on Audible and it was one of my favorite audiobooks in long, long time. Noah narrates, he has a beautiful voice and hearing him speak so many different languages was awesome. The storytelling was impeccable, laugh out loud funny while being absolutely fascinating and seriously educational. I don't re-read (or re-listen) to books every often, but I will definitely be playing this one again! 5 stars

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The Immortalists-Chloe Benjamin

This one is about four siblings that find out the exact day of their death when they are very young. It started out great, but it slowly went downhill. I loved Simon and Klara's stories, but Daniel and Varya's stories were a bit of a let down. I feel like this one had so much potential, but just didn't do it for me. 3 Stars

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Pieces of Happiness-Anne Ostby

A group of five friends who have known each other since high school, drift apart, end up alone for various reasons and decide to live together in Fiji. I grabbed this one on a whim because the cover art is gorgeous, but it was very disappointing. I was really close to putting it down and not finishing, but I powered through hoping it would get better. Spoiler alert: it did not. The characters are unlikable, Ingrid's alter ego "Wilfred" drove me nuts, and the ending is just awful. 1 Star

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon-Kelly Barnhill

It has been a long time since I have picked up anything written for middle grades, but this has renewed my love for middle grade fiction. This book is extraordinary. Full of wonder, darkness, beauty, and magic. The writing is stunning and the characters are unforgettable. I listened to this one on Audible, but I recommend actually reading it. I speed up the audio on my app, but even at the higher speed I couldn't listen fast enough. 5 Stars

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One True Loves- Taylor Jenkins Reid

This was my book club pick this month. It is a fascinating love triangle. Emma's husband, and high school sweetheart, returns after being lost at sea for years. The problem is, she is happily engaged to another man she is very much in love with. I've been talking about this since I finished it and have asked everyone around me how they would behave in this situation. Its a fascinating subject to discuss. I didn't love how this played out, and was super frustrated with the entire middle of the book, but I may just be salty because it didn't end how I hoped. I can't say much more without spoilers! I loved the writing and can't wait to read more by this author. 3 Stars

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Practical Magic-Alice Hoffman

I ended up reading this one after reading Rules of Magic which may have tainted my experience. I adored Rules of Magic, it has taken a spot on my favorite books of all time list, but I think I should have read Practical Magic first since that is the way they were intended to be read. While I think Rule of Magic was a stronger book I just adore Alice Hoffman's writing. It is absolutely magical. I really did love this book, its just that Rules of Magic was better! 4 Stars

And thats a wrap! Phew! I know that was a long post. I will try to do these monthly posts on time from now on so I don't have so many to review at once. Hopefully you found a few new titles to add to your to-read list. I'd love to hear what you've been reading so far this year!

XOXO,

Samantha

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