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January 2019 Reads & Reviews

Time for the first reading roundup of 2019 already? Sign me up! Let’s jump right into my January 2019 reads and reviews.

January 2019 Reads & Reviews
 

My Top Picks …

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
couple falls in love before knowing their respective tragic pasts are connected

I wish I could think of what other book this one reminds me of. That aside, I loved this book. This is a beautiful, complex love story. I appreciated the depth of Sarah’s and Eddie’s respective struggles and demons. I may have even shed a tear toward the end. The writing is clever in that I really didn’t start piecing everything together until the end of Part 1/beginning of Part II. The cliffhangers/twists (even when you think you’ve figured it out and know what’s going on) kept me hooked.

The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
fake relationship-to-real relationship romance

Okay, I remember reading a Blakely book a while back (no idea which one, it was that forgettable), so my expectations were blown out of the water with this one. It’s adorable AF – the perfect combination of sweet/sexy/insta-love/slow burn. The characters are surprisingly developed for this type of book, so it’s not necessarily just all fluff and brainless reading. And, I laughed quite a bit throughout. If you dig a romance every now and then, go pick this one up!

Enjoyable Enough …

All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson
girl and older man navigate a dangerous relationship between them and others

If someone asked me to sum up this book in two words, I’d say unsettling and disturbing. And, I loved every second of it. This is my second Swanson book, and he’s quickly becoming a go-to for thriller/suspense-type books. This one put me out of my comfort zone a little given the relationship between Alice and Jake, but I enjoyed all the twists, turns and intrigue that that relationship brought to the plot line.

Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis
famous author takes a vacation and finds love

Okay, this was ridiculously adorable. The perfect amount of fluff/sexy with some decent character background and depth. Colbie and Spence were the cutest and my favorite couple from this series (so far). You can still read this book/series post-holiday season. The Christmas stuff isn’t really in-your-face obvious.

One Day in December by Josie Silver
fate takes an unexpected turn for two strangers

If Love Actually and Something Borrowed had a book baby, this would be it! With a little bit of Bridget Jones humor thrown in, too. I’m very into fate/everything happens for a reason/all that hippy dippy stuff, so this book was right up my alley. Laurie and Jack’s relationship was pretty realistic, in my opinion. I liked their character development and how we got to follow along with them both finally choosing to grow up. Some parts did drag and become fairly predictable, but I enjoyed almost every minute. The ending is so cute and Hollywood-esque. All the feels. It’s a great winter read.

Currently reading: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

What books have you read lately?

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44 Comments

  1. Ghosted and The Real Deal sound so good! I’ll have to add them to my reading list. I’m really trying to be better about reading for leisure this year.

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    • Both are so good, so I hope that you’re able to set aside some reading time for yourself soon!

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  2. Sarah wrote:

    I ready To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before after I saw the Netflix movie and I really wish I had read the book first. You’ll want to read all three books once you start, especially if you’ve seen the movie 🙂

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    • Good to know! I’m a huge fan of the movie, so I’m already finding it funny/interesting how different the book is so far.

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  3. Biana Perez wrote:

    I have a recently read post coming up on Wednesday!! All the beautiful lies has just been added to my TBR list!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

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    • Loved your book post today! All the Beautiful Lies is a wild ride – hope you enjoy it!

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  4. Kay R. wrote:

    Love all the Christmas reads. Something about curling up with a Christmas book is so cozy. I liked to all the boys a lot. I didnt love the other books in the series as much but all in all a good series 🙂

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  5. Kathryn wrote:

    I always love seeing what other people are reading, thanks for sharing some of your favorites! Ghosted sounds like a great read.

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

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  6. Brittany Steinkamp wrote:

    Ooo Ghosted sounds interesting! And I officially need to read One Day In December. I was on the fence, but you convinced me! I’m finally finishing Winter Of The World by Ken Follett (lengthy read) and need something light to follow up!

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    • One Day in December will definitely be the answer for light reading – it’s really cute, and a good read for wintertime!

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  7. Debra Stachelski wrote:

    I always enjoy seeing what you’re reading, you seem to find very interesting books! Of course I fell far short of my reading intentions last year, but I really want to read Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” which you were nice to get me for Christmas. Then I can pass it on to you!

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  8. okay, ghosted didn’t sound like my jam when i first read the synopsis but you’ve convinced me. i LOVED the real deal – i had very low expectations based on the covers of some of her books lol but i love love loved that one. it was my first of hers and i’ve since read a couple more, Wanderlust was my next fave. i agree about Colbie & Spence, I think they are my faves as well. glad you liked one day in December!

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    • Pretty sure I have Wanderlust on my TBR from your recommendation! I think the other one I had read was Caught Up In Us, but I couldn’t even tell you what it was about because I didn’t like it lol. I think Ghosted is worth a shot – it seems to have very differing opinions from everyone, but I did love it!

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  9. Caroline wrote:

    I 100% agree with you about One Day in Decemeber. I could also see it being made into a movie. 🙂 Thank you for sharing and I’ll check out the other books too.

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  10. Peter Swanson always takes you on a wild ride! I also have heard others not like Ghosted, so I’m glad to hear that you did like it!

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    • I can see why Ghosted is a love/hate book for many, but I definitely was in the love category. Not at all what I expected it to be!

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  11. A wrote:

    Ghosted was not at all what I was expecting, and I really liked it. Thought I had the twist all figured out…until that second twist!

    I also really liked One Day in December. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was SO good, the sequels are great as well (as is the movie!)

    Always love your book reviews!

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    • I felt the same about Ghosted! I really enjoyed it and still think about it sometimes. I’m enjoying To All the Boys so far, but it’s funny how different it is from the movie! I look forward to reading the whole series at some point this year. 🙂

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  12. Ooh, Ghosted sounds so good! And I love the cover too.

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  13. I really liked Ghosted, too. Not at all what I expected it to be.

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  14. shootingstarsmag wrote:

    I’m curious about Ghosted – glad you liked it. And omg, is that your dog? Too cute!!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    • Loved Ghosted. I still think about it sometimes. And, yes – that’s my Finley (Finn). He loves the camera!

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  15. Monica L wrote:

    I keep seeing One Day in December everywhere! Im like #234 of 43 copies in the library though!

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  16. Leslie wrote:

    I liked Ghosted, too! I have One Day in December on my nightstand right now and can’t wait to read it. I definitely added All the Beautiful Lies to the list too!

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  17. The Real Deal sounds like such a cute book! I’m adding it to my list! To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before has been on my list for forever! I need to get to it soon!

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  18. I loved All the Beautiful Lies. I think that was the first Swanson I read?

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  19. all the beautiful lies has been on my TBR forever and I just bought it, yay!! adding ghosted too.

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  20. Everyone keeps posting about the One Day in December book – I gotta check it out!

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  21. Heather wrote:

    Yay To All the Boys book!! 🙂 I just liked One Day in December, didn’t love it, and The Real Deal is on my kindle for someday so glad to hear that you liked it!! I really liked Ghosted too and it also reminds me of something – so frustrating when that happens!!

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    • I’m with you on One Day in December! I thought it was adorable, but I wasn’t wow-ed by it. I think you’ll love Real Deal whenever you get to it!

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  22. Ghosted and All the Beautiful Lies both sound really good! Also, I love that you are currently reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before — I absolutely adored those books!

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    • I’m so glad to hear that! I’m a huge fan of the Netflix movie and am enjoying the book so far!

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