Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Book Review


Last year I set a goal to read at least 4 books per month...and it was glorious! Most months I ended up reading more than 4 books...and a few months I barely squeaked by! I was so glad I set this goal for myself because it pushed me to turn off the TV earlier and make time for my favorite thing...reading!

I have had reading goals the last 2 years...but before that I would always say "I don't have time" and I was lucky to read 4 books per year...and after reading almost 150 books in the last 2 years I have to say I was definitely missing out...and I did in fact have time I just didn't MAKE time :)

I know that reading once baby comes is going to take a backseat...but I still wanted to set a goal for myself so I didn't get caught in the "I don't have time" trap again. 

My goal for 2017 is 2 books per month...or 24 books for the year, because I know that come April that goal may be a little lofty...so these next few months before baby comes will be filled with as many books as possible!
This month I read 5 GREAT books...I must be out of my bad book slump!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19486412-big-little-lies

I seriously could not put this book down! I was intrigued from the very start (like I am with most of her books) This book follows a group of clique-y parents whose kids are all starting kindergarten at the same school. There is an incident at a fundraiser where someone dies...the book jumps back and forth and slowly weaves the story together. It reminds me a lot of her book "Truly, Madly, Guilty" in that sense. I did figure out the twist about 3/4 of the way through the book, but it didn't take away from it at all! Definitely a book to put on your list!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22859473-the-girls-of-mischief-bay

Oh my goodness...I just love, love, loved this book! It's about 3 friends who live in the same small town, Mischief Bay. They all are going through their own struggles, but manage to be there for each other. It was a sweet book that made the miles on the treadmill fly by!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25986848-the-friends-we-keep

After finishing the first book in this series I was eager for more so I immediately downloaded this one to my iPad for my treadmill runs :) While this is a sequel only one of the characters from the first book is really included in this story (all the others are mentioned, but aren't a big part of the story) I couldn't say which I liked better...this one or the first one...they were both just so good! Definitely a great light-hearted beach read or treadmill read if you aren't lucky enough to be on the beach ;)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25852870-eligible

This was another book I really enjoyed, although I will admit I have never read Pride and Prejudice. I loved the somewhat silly story filled with ridiculous characters and even more ridiculous events that unfolded! It kind of makes me want to read Pride and Prejudice...although, I am not sure that is quite my style of book.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18812405-the-good-girl

I loved all of the books I read this month...but if I had to pick a least favorite this would probably be it. It was dark and twisty...but also VERY predictable (minus a little twist that caught me totally off guard at the end...which definitely redeemed it from it's predictability earlier on) When I looked at the reviews people compared it to Gone Girl (when will people stop doing this?!?!?) but I couldn't see the connection...It was a good book, a little slow moving at times, but one I would still recommend!

That's all for this month! I'm hoping to have as much in February with my books! I'm currently reading "All the Bright Places" by Jennifer Niven on my iPad when I run/walk on the treadmill and hoping that a few of the books I have on hold at the library become available ASAP! I have a few good ones I am dying to read!

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