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January 2022 Wrap-Up

The first month of the year was a busy one for me. Though I am a little behind on writing reviews, there are three notable things that happened this month that I feel proud of.

1. I read 5 books this month

At the beginning of each month, despite being a mood reader I like to pick a list of books that I hope to read for the month. Most of the time I stick to them, but on some occasions I end up finding a book from a thrift shop that I’m excited about and read that instead!

January hopefuls

I picked four books for January. I read 3 out of these 4 books, then changed it up mid-month and read 2 additional ones that were not on my planned TBR.

What I actually read in January

Soulmate Equation, by Christina Lauren

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Goodreads Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

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SYNOPSIS: Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but no amount of number crunching can convince her to step back into the dating world. After all, her father was never around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn’t “father material” before her daughter was even born. Jess holds her loved ones close but working constantly to stay afloat is hard…and lonely. But then Jess hears about GeneticAlly, a buzzy new DNA-based matchmaking company that’s predicted to change dating forever. Finding a soulmate through DNA? The reliability of numbers:This Jess understands. At least she thought she did, until her test shows an unheard-of 98 percent compatibility with another subject in the database: GeneticAlly’s founder, Dr. River Peña. This is one number she can’t wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Peña. The stuck-up, stubborn man is without a doubt not her soulmate. But GeneticAlly has a proposition: Get ‘to know him and we’ll pay you. Jess—who is barely making ends meet—is in no position to turn it down, despite her skepticism about the project and her dislike for River. As the pair are dragged from one event to the next as the “Diamond” pairing that could launch GeneticAlly’s valuation sky-high, Jess begins to realize that there might be more to the scientist—and the science behind a soulmate—than she thought.

It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Goodreads Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

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SYNOPSIS: Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up — she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It, by Elle Cosimano

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Goodreads Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Humour

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SYNOPSIS: Finlay Donovan is killing it…except, she’s really not. A stressed-out single mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: The new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written; her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her; and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors. When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. She soon discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.

The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah

My Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Goodreads Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

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SYNOPSIS: Alaska, 1974. Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed. For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival. Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier. Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown. At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources. But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

Klara and The Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro

My Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Goodreads Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopian

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SYNOPSIS: From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.

2. I started a reading journal

As a Type-A gal, I have very detailed planners, calendars, spreadsheets and charts for every little thing in my life. Most of it is digital – stored away in kanban boards in Trello. For many years, I have tried to keep a physical planner but I always end up forgetting about it mid-year. This year, I was gifted a nice little planner from Indigo and I definitely do not want it to go to waste. So I decided to turn it into a bookish planner/journal!

I bought some bookish stickers from Etsy and honestly they make journaling so fun! I plan to create more reading trackers in the coming months, but as of right now my reading journal is just as simple as this:

3. I started this blog!

At the end of 2021, I thought about starting a blog. I didn’t think that this would actually come to fruition but here I am! I know it’s just my 2nd post, but I am honestly enjoying this creative outlet and writing is very therapeutic for me. I read so many great books and sometimes I just want to talk about it non-stop. Similar to traveling or eating good food, when you read a great book, you just want to share that same experience with other people. And that is what I hope to achieve with this blog.


What are some of your highlights in January? Have you read any of the books listed above?

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