Thursday, February 6, 2020

What I Read in January

I started January 2020 with 6 books read.  They were all pretty good.  I think I gave them all 4s or 5s on goodreads except one I gave a three. 

My favorite was The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. It's set in the 1970s and the main character Leni, moves to Alaska with her family.  It is a brilliant heartbreaking story about survival, PTSD, and love.  Highly recommend it!  If you enjoyed The Nightingale by Hannah, I bet you will like this one too!

The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams was the first book I read in 2020.  It is the first book in the Schulyer Sisters series.  It goes back and forth from the 1960s and the 1930s. In 1964 Vivian Schulyer is living a life of independence that only a wealthy young woman of the 60s could.  She has a college degree and is fetching coffee at a magazine office where she'd much rather be writing the stories.  A suitcase appears into her life of a Violet Grant, who turns out to be a long lost aunt of Vivian's who had disappeared at the beginning of WWII after her husband was found dead.  It's beautifully written and the back and forth of the time frame keeps you engaged and wanting to find out what happened to Violet Grant. If you like Sarah Jio's books, I'd recommend this one for you!

In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch is about a group of friends who gather for the 40th birthday of their friend in the house they lived together in college.  The book jumps between each of the friends and you find out bits about them that they don't share with their friends trying to keep up 'perfect' fronts.  I flew through this book and enjoyed it, except for the last bit.  I didn't like how to was summed up at the end.  However, the whole story was fun! 

I also read the second book in the Hope River midwife series, The Reluctant Midwife by Patricia Harman.  It was really good! This book has a different main character, Becky, who had a smaller role in the first book.  It read super fast and kept my attention.  This book focused on the hardships that the Depression put on people of West Virginia and how the CCC helped the area with jobs/buying in the community.  Highly recommend this series!

I also read Fudge Bites by Nancy Coco, the newest installment in the Fudge series.

"Halloween on Mackinac Island is a season of fun tricks, but finding a corpse is no treat for fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy . . .
It’s late October, off-season for tourists, but locals are up and lurching for the annual zombie walk charity event. Though everyone’s living it up, trouble is a just a few pawprints away. Allie’s followed the bloody tracks of her calico cat, Carmella, to a body in the alley behind the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop. Unlike the island’s other walking dead, this one’s flatlined for good. It seems that someone is using the zombie fest as the perfect backdrop for murder. Now amateur sleuth Allie and dreamboat officer Rex Manning must use every trick in their treat bag to unmask a killer in disguise. "

I also finished the Winter series by Elin Hilderband and read Winter Solistice.  I was really glad that she added on a 4th book and didn't end it with the third, because that would have been disappointing.  I really liked how the storylines ended more naturally with this 4th book.

What was your favorite book you read in January?  What's a book I should read in 2020?

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