What I Read this Month

January 2020 Reads

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I am so excited to be writing my first monthly reads post! I think this is going to be one of my favorite posts to write each month. I could talk about books all day every day!!

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I was a huge fan of the Alex Rider series in high school, so I was excited to read the newest addition to the series, Alex Rider: Secret Weapon by Anthony Horowitz. This is definitely a light and casual read and obviously written for a teenage audience, but I will always love the series. Horowitz is a great action writer, and his stories come to life with amazing, yet slightly unrealistic situations. I would recommend this book/series to a young person who needs something exciting to get them more interested in reading.

The Case Against Sugar

Rating: 2 out of 5.

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes was a highly informative and thought-provoking read. I have to admit, this book was very difficult to read. It’s dry and purely informational, but the amount of thorough research provides details that are truly fascinating. I read this book on my e-reader, but I would recommend reading a paper copy, almost treating it like a textbook. This book is a great study tool for learning about what you put into your body.

The Library Book

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I actually started The Library Book by Susan Orlean in December 2019, but I wasn’t able to finish it before it was due back to the library. So when I borrowed it again this month, I pretty much had to read from the beginning. It was a really interesting read, but sometimes hard to follow. The chapters jumped from the LA library fire and the investigation to the library’s history, which made the whole book a bit choppy. Even though the flow of the book wasn’t the greatest, I did enjoy the actual content. Unsolved mysteries and events fascinate me, so this story about the LA library fire was definitely intriguing!

Such a Fun Age

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was Reese Witherspoon’s book club pick for January, and I really enjoyed it! I love a story with intertwined and complicated relationships, so I was hooked fairly quickly. I listened to the audiobook version, which was a little more challenging for me (I tend to get distracted!), but I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and plot twists. I wrote a blog post already about Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, so click here to read that post if you haven’t already!

Nine Perfect Strangers

Rating: 5 out of 5.

If I could give Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty more than 5 stars, I definitely would!! I absolutely loved this suspenseful mystery! This is the first book I’ve read by Moriarty, but I can’t wait to read all of her other books. The way she creates characters and settings, combined with an air of mystery, is spellbinding. I could hardly put it down! If you’re looking to change up your to-read pile, I definitely suggest adding every book by Liane Moriarty and start by reading this one!

The Red Queen

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Again, I would rate this book a lot higher than 5 stars if I could. Honestly, I was a bit shocked that I didn’t know about this book/series sooner. Thanks to my sister, who read the entire series in less than a week, I am now obsessed with The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Combine fantasy, adventure, and apocalyptic together, and that is the best description that I can give. Really, this book is so unique! I am absolutely dying to get my hands on the rest of the series!

And those are my monthly reads for January! My goal is to read 75 books this year, so I think I’m off to a pretty good start!

Go check out my Goodreads for more reading inspiration! Also, on the sidebar of my blog, I have a list of books that I’m currently reading. I’d love to read a book along with you so let me know in the comments if you’re reading any of the same books. Happy reading!


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