Reading Wrap-Up | January 2016

The first wrap-up of the year! I read 7 books this month and I really enjoyed most of them. Pretty good start to the year!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

My rating: 2.5/5 Stars

It’s a shame this was my first read of the year. This book made me realize that I probably don’t like Sci-Fi. While this book is physically gorgeous, the actual content left much to be desired for me. I found many parts to be info dump-y, the romance wasn’t believable and the characters were hollow. Not a fan.

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Find Her by Lisa Gardner

My rating: 4.5/5 Stars

This is a gripping mystery novel that gives you a look into the minds of kidnapping victims and their captors. This book was paced really well. There was never a moment that I was bored. It will be released February 9th. Recommend!

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

My rating: 5/5 Stars

This is a haunting debut about a Chinese-American family. The book begins by telling us that one of the daughters, Lydia, is dead. This information hooks you in, but the book is about so much more. I read this as an e-book from my library, but I will definitely be picking up a physical copy. Loved it.

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The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

My rating: 5/5 Stars

This book takes place in Nigeria, and it is about three brothers who end up hearing a prophecy from a crazy old man in their town. The Fishermen is very fable-like in nature. Something about it felt very comfortable to me and I really enjoyed it. Super excited for what Obioma writes next!

 

The Secret Place by Tana French

My rating: 4/5 Stars

This book cemented Tana French as one of my favorite mystery/suspense/thriller writer. I just love her style. Her books are always more than a mystery. Her characters are always so well-developed and she is a master at weaving their relationships. The Secret Place was no exception. I do recommend this book, and although it stands alone I would probably read at least one of the others in this series first.

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

My rating: ⅘ Stars

This book is about the current landscape of dating. Aziz did lots of research with a sociologist and spoke to many focus groups to acquire the data used in this book, which I appreciate. This book is informative, but if it’s written by Aziz you can count on some humor being injected into it, as well. It’s not revolutionary, but I found it to be pretty entertaining!

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The Dinner by Herman Koch

My rating: 2.5/5 Stars

The Dinner has a really cool premise. Two families’ sons have done something horrible that was caught on camera. They decide to have dinner together and discuss it. The entire book takes place over the course of that meal. Sadly, the execution left a lot to be desired and the more I thought it about, the more unrealistic it seemed.

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Those are my brief thoughts on all the books I read this month. Have you read any of them? What did you think?

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