January Reads

I’m easing back into reading books I’m not ashamed to tell you about. I read six books this month, one of which should go on your list of books to read.


Well Met by Jen DeLuca. This is essentially a Renaissance Fair romance. It is predictable. It is fun. I give this book two out of five stars.

Open House by Ruby Lang. This book follows a common romance novel thread: two people hate each other and then suddenly they realize it has been love all along. Then there is a small hiccup where they act like it is all over. Finally they end up together. Given the genera, I don’t feel like I’ve spoiled anything. I’m becoming increasingly concerned about the number of books telling women that men who appear to hate them might actually love them. I give this book two out of five stars.


Food Rules by Michael Pollan. I read this book almost every January to remind myself to eat more whole foods and cook more. I give this book three out of five stars.


#IMOMSOHARD by Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley. This book is funny and relatable. They are both moms of young kids. The target market for this book is Kirsten and me. So I’m giving her my copy the next time we get together. I give this book three out of five stars. 


Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. This book should be added to your reading list. It is a book about a plane crash and its one survivor. It is interesting, sad, and human. This is a really good book, that is difficult to describe in terms that would make someone want to read the book. I give the book four out of five stars.


Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. This book is cute and well written. It follows that traditional romance novel story line, but does it with a character who is chronically ill. This book is too steamy to recommend to family members, which is a shame because it is a good book. I want to read more by the author based on her author bio alone, “Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalized identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm” If you are in the mood for a book that will make you blush, you should support this author. I give this book three out of five stars. 


My book pile looks much the same as last month. This might actually be the month I get through some that have been there for months. What are you reading this month?

13 thoughts on “January Reads

      1. I think you’d be pleasantly surprised at how effective the techniques are. They really show how to reframe your thoughts to eliminate anxiety. I will warn you that the book takes a dim view of anxiety medication. Just so you know going in:)

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  1. I’m rereading a lot of my books right now, trying to winnow down my stacks. Recently I reread A Voyage Long and Strange and Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz. Blue Latitudes is definitely a keeper. Still thinking about A Voyage Long and Strange 🙂

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