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    January 2020 Reads

    One of my goals for 2020 is to actually read 52 books this year. I’m trying to prioritize reading, and so far I’ve been doing really well. After finishing 6 books last month, I’m 2 books ahead of schedule. I think it helped that 3 my January 2020 reads were 5-star reads for me.

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    Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★★★

    January 2020 Reads: Daisy Jones & The Six

    Daisy Jones is growing up in LA in the late sixties. With parents who aren’t around, she’s basically raising herself. She begins drinking and doing drugs in her teens and loses her way until she does a duet with The Six, Billy Dunne’s band. After the song and her tour with the band is such a hit, Daisy joins the band as a permanent member.

    I loved the format of this book. It’s told from every character’s point of view in a documentary interview style. I loved getting every character’s story throughout the years that it covered. It allowed the characters to come to life in a way that they couldn’t have told from one point of view. While it slowed a little bit in the middle for me, Daisy Jones and The Six stuck with me long after I finished reading.

    Would I recommend? Yes. It definitely lived up to all of the hype!


    Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins ★★★☆☆

    January 2020 Reads: Rebel Belle

    Harper Jane Price is just a normal teenager until she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. After an incident during the Homecoming dance, she becomes a Paladin charged with protecting her only enemy, David Stark.

    The whole premise of this book was weird. I thought about giving up partway through, but I kept reading because I found myself wanting to know how it was going to end. The story was interesting, but I wasn’t overly invested. This is the first of a trilogy, but I’m not particularly interested in reading the other two.

    Would I recommend? Probably not. If you’re into more supernatural stories, this might be a better fit for you.


    Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center ★★★★★

    January 2020 Reads: Things You Save in a Fire

    I received a free copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Cassie Hanwell is one of the only female firefighters on her crew in Austin, TX, and she loves her job. When her estranged mother calls and asks her to move to a small town in Massachusetts to help her after eye surgery, Cassie transfers to a fire department that is a little less accepting of women. The more time she spends staying with the mother, the more Cassie finds herself opening up to the possibility of a relationship with her mother and falling in love.

    This was such a heartwarming story of both romantic love and mother-daughter love. I really got to know Cassie throughout the novel, and I felt for her throughout the novel. I laughed and got a little teary-eyed.

    Would I recommend? Yes! I couldn’t put this down. This was another one that really stuck with me after it was over.


    American Royals by Katharine McGee ★★★★☆

    American Royals

    What if George Washington had been the first king of America instead of the first president? American Royals tells the story of the modern-day Washington monarch. Beatrice Washington is in position to be the first queen of America.

    Katherine McGee tends to tell her stories through multiple viewpoints, which I really love. The downside of that is that it takes time for the characters to develop. It took me a while to get into it, but once I got to know and became attached to the characters, I couldn’t put it down. McGee is a great storyteller, and I can’t wait for the next book in the series to be released!

    Would I recommend? Yes!


    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain ★★★★☆

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    A third to a half of people are introverts, but particularly in America, we’re taught that extroversion is the ideal personality type. Susan Cain, an introvert, has spent a lot of her life studying introversion and what makes someone who they are. She explores the culture of extroversion and the history of the ideal personality, while also highlighting the strengths of introverts.

    I usually test right on the border of introvert/extrovert. As I’ve gotten older, I find that I identify more as an introvert. I need more downtime and I’m as happy staying in with a good book or TV show as I am going out with friends. I related with a lot of Cain’s case studies of introverts. While I enjoyed this book, it’s certainly not a light read. Parts of it can be very dense, making it hard to get through at times.

    Would I recommend? Yes, especially if you identify as an introvert.


    Tweet Cute by Emma Lord ★★★★★

    Tweet Cute

    I received a free copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Pepper, the daughter of the founders of Big League Burger, is just trying to stay ahead in her extremely competitive high school. When Big League Burger introduces a new grilled cheese to the menu with the same name and ingredients as local Girl Cheesing’s sandwich, a Twitter war breaks out. Pepper’s mom is pressuring her to stay on top of it, but she finds herself closer to her classmate Jack whose parents own Girl Cheesing in the process.

    I didn’t give myself a lot of time to read this, but I wanted to squeeze it into this month’s post since it was just released January 21. Luckily that wasn’t a problem because I could not put this down! It alternates between Pepper and Jack’s points of view, which allows the story to unfold in a unique way. With elements of You’ve Got Mail, this is such a perfect teenage love story.

    Would I recommend? Yes, this is a must-read for YA fans!


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