January has been a busy reading month for me. I started 2019 with a goal to read more books, and I set my yearly goal at a very conservative 42. I know my life can get busy, and I wanted to set a goal that I thought I could actually achieve.
I feel like I have fallen in love with reading all over again, and I have been voraciously reading all month long.
In January I read 5 books. I was aiming for 4, so this is a definite win. I also allowed myself some time in between books to really absorb the story and think about my reviews. I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the books I chose. I'm not a super-picky reader, but I expect every once in a while to find a book that just doesn't work for me. I've decided that if that happens, I will not review it. My goal with this blog is to help authors, and I would rather put out positivity into the world. There are more than enough critics.
I read an assortment of genres. A couple of thrillers, a dystopian novel, a fantasy, and a romance. Most of my favorite genres. Romance is not a typical genre for me, so I did branch out a little. I am hoping to branch out more as the year progresses.
My favorite January book was The Silent Patient. I am constantly disappointed by thrillers because I can always guess what is going to happen. I do it with movies, too. It's an annoying habit. This book was amazing. It surprised me and made me pause to take in the developments in the story. I really enjoyed all of my January books, but this one was easily the best. It was difficult to review because I didn't want to give away any of the story, but I highly recommend it.
Now, onto my February reads!
I was immediately engrossed in Ben H. Winters' dystopian novel, Golden State. The world he creates is reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984, one of my all-time favorite books. In the Golden State, lying is illegal, and the Speculators can see your lies in the air. There is no way to hide.
But, what happens when things are not so clear? Not so cut and dried? When two Speculators dive into a crime investigation, they find that the truth is never clear or simple.
This was my second Book of the Month book, and I waited awhile to read it. Once I picked it up, I was completely absorbed. I stayed up way too late because I had to know how it ended. This story is full of unexpected twists and turns. Fantastic book.
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