I say this all the time, but I can’t believe it’s already time for another monthly reading roundup! There’s a lot to get through in this one, so let’s waste no time jumping into what I read in January 2020.
What I read in January 2020
BEARD SCIENCE (Winston Brothers #3) by Penny Reid
My rating & review: 4 stars. HOW STINKIN’ CUTE WAS THIS?! I loved Jennifer and everything that her character represents. There were so many relatable characteristics and traits that hit home with me personally, and I wanted her to be real so I could reach through the pages and give her a hug. And, Cletus. Oh, sweet, sexy, swoon-worthy nerdy Cletus. You’re the unexpected book boyfriend that we all need.
PERFECTLY ADEQUATE by Jewel E. Ann
*Available on Kindle Unlimited.
My rating & review: 3 stars. I have mixed feelings. I nearly DNF’d it. The plot was exhausting, maddening, and kind of all over the place. Nobody knew what they wanted. Most of the characters went about life and relationships as aloof as they possibly could be. At times, I found Dorothy to be profound and unique in her thinking and voiced opinions. Other times, I thought she was way too allover the place and ridiculously immature. Then there’s Eli. To me, he didn’t seem to know what the hell he wanted other than to get laid. His insta-love with Dorothy was so confusing.
HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS by Katherine Center
My rating & review: 5 stars. I was not prepared to love this book as much as I did. Helen’s character was great. I loved following along on her journey to rediscover her true-self, while also coming to terms with past life experiences. The wilderness setting with a fun, unique group of people added to the whole dynamic, too. I was equally invested in all the quirky characters as I was with Helen and Jake. Oh, yeah – Jake! What’s not to love?
THE GOLDEN HOUR by Beatriz Williams
My rating & review: 4 stars. I went into this most looking forward to the former King Edward and Wallis Simpson story line. Surprisingly, that was the weakest point of the book! Their presence was often muddled/under-developed. It added nothing to the overall story. Elfriede was the saving grace. Her story and journey was beautifully written, and my heart ached for her on multiple occasions. I found myself sometimes quickly skimming the chapters that weren’t about her so I could get back to her story quicker. In typical Williams fashion, I felt like the end wrapped up a little quickly and too cleanly (and maybe even a little far-fetched), but I did shed a tear (or two) out of relief and happiness for all the characters involved.
NEANDERTHAL SEEKS HUMAN (Knitting in the City, #1) by Penny Reid
My rating & review: 3 stars. This didn’t do a whole lot for me. It was cute in some parts, but it wasn’t the most flushed-out story. I found it repetitive, boring at times and filled with lots of holes. Not sure I’ll be continuing with this series.
DOCTOR DEAREST by R.S. Grey
*ARC received from author. Available now + on Kindle Unlimited!
My rating & review: 4 stars. This was really cute! It was fun to read a new trope for Grey (sister and brother’s best friend) tied to the medical world/environment that she does so well. Natalie and Connor were a great pair of characters, but I was missing the overall tension between them at times. A few holes could’ve been filled for better context and to feel more invested/connected to the characters. Grey sure knows how to write a sweet epilogue, though! All. The. Feels.
Bottom line …
Happiness for Beginners and Beard Science are my top picks for the month. Pick up The Golden Hour if you have the time – it’s a long one and pretty slow the first half, but it’s worth it.
Currently reading: Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews
What did you read last month?