At the very beginning of 2020 I saw The Knight is Dark and Full of Books do this with their 2019 books and I was in awe. I knew I wanted to do the same for my 2020 books but I also knew that if I didn’t make it a monthly habit it would be a hot mess at the end of the year. I mean, look, it’s already half-way through February and I am so behind on my reviews. So, drumroll please, here is January’s books reviewed for you in two sentences! Any link will take you to a full review.
Denton Little’s Deathdate: A YA contemporary romance / science fiction that tickled my funny bone with gallows humor galore. This was a fantastic way to start the New Year and I cannot wait to get my hands on book #2.
Red, White and Royal Blue: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston was voted the Winner of Goodread’s Best Romance for 2019. I saw this book everywhere and finally read it only to fall in love with this coming of age story!
Me: A Nonfiction book for the ages that is nearly impossible to put down or forget. Whether you are a fan of Elton John’s music or not, you will be a fan of his humanity and his humility after reading this book.
Nicholas Flamel’s First Codex: This first book in a middle grade fantasy series introduces us to the world of Nicholas, his wife Perry and the nefarious John Dee. I felt for Sophie and Josh Newman who are thrust into their world of magic, changing their lives forever, but I’m not sure I have the energy for this series.
Atomic Habits: My first re-read of 2020 was my favorite Nonfiction read of 2019! Last year this book helped me make and keep so many new habits and I am hopeful that this year it will support me quitting bad habits as successfully.
The Toll: At over 600 action packed pages this was a marathon read. But, much like a long workout, I felt nothing but satisfaction when I finally finished.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely: A YA loose re-telling of The Beauty and the Beast that captured my heart. I love a strong protagonist and Harper delivers in spades even though I am still unsure how I feel about Prince Rhen.
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: This audiobook version of Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally’s book was like listening to the two of them over a long dinner. Listening to them flirt, chat, compliment, and reminisce will show even the hardest heart what a beautiful marriage can look like.
A Heart So Fierce and Broken: I came back to this YA series to see what was happening with Rhen and Harper only to have the focus shift to Grey. As a huge fan of the third wheel, Grey, from the first book I am thrilled to spend more time with this hot Captain of the Guard.
The Philosopher’s Flight: A historical science fiction that reimagines the our world during WWII if people, mainly women, had the power of magic and flight. This is a book I just cannot stop thinking about and I am so excited to get my hands on the second in the series.
How to Outline My Novel: If you are writing a YA book this how-to would be a great reference! With tons of examples from popular YA books, How to Outline My Novel gives the writers a step-by-step guide on how to outline and finish their YA work.
The Okay Witch: This graphic novel about coming to age and coming to terms with being different is going to be the graphic novel to beat for 2020. I just couldn’t stop loving it and re-reading it!
Tell me, please!
How is your 2020 reading / reviewing?