January Recap

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How is January over already? It has been an unexpectedly busy month both in my personal life and at work and I'm honestly feeling all sorts of tired at the moment. But I somehow managed to read 21 (!) books already, attended two fun book events, booked a trip to LA, went on multiple outings with friends and had extra quality time with my fam, particularly my dad. I've also made some strides with a couple of my New Year's goals and a couple steps back with others. But overall, 2020 is off to a good start.

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  • Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian - 5 stars
    This was my first book of 2020 (and a gift from Estelle) and it was 5 stars! It was just so moving and I definitely shed some tears by the end. 
  • The Kingmaker + The Rebel King (All The King's Men Duet) by Kennedy Ryan - 4 stars
    This duology had been on my radar for some time and wow, did it deliver. It's sexy but had so much depth and important commentary to it. It's very much about two people figuring who they are and wanting to be together on their own terms.  
  • The Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl - 4 stars
    Read my thoughts here but basically we only planned to read the first book and I binged the series in like 5 days. 
  • The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young - 3 stars
    I really wish the main character's name hadn't been Comet but aside from that and it's slow start, I did end up liking it. It's not a new favorite or anything but I enjoyed Comet's personal journey to come out of her shell, that it took place in Scotland (!) and the romance. 
  • Fight or Flight by Samantha Young - 3.5 stars
    I gotta hand it to Samantha Young. My first impression of the love interest, Caleb Scott, was not a good one and quite frankly, I didn't think she'd be able to turn it around for me enough to root for this romance but she did. I still didn't love him and this couple is nowhere near OTP status but I did love the heroine. She's ultimately what made the book work for me.
  • Enemies by Tijan - 2.5 stars
    I have so many mixed feelings about this but it was okay enough that I did want to know how it ended. I think there was a lot of potential in the actual story itself and even in the two main characters but I didn't like the execution (or her writing all that much). 
  • Stay the Distance series by Mara Dabrishus - 4 stars
    I won't say much because I'm going to say more on these books in a later post but I'm a sucker for horse fiction and this was so enjoyable to read. 
  • Summer Circuit (Show Circuit #1) by Kim Ablon Whitney - 1 starAfter reading Stay the Distance, I wanted more horse books so I gave this a shot because it had such good reviews. But this book was problematic on SO many levels. The only reason why I finished it was because it was like a train wreck I couldn't look away from. Plus I did like the parts of the book that dealt with the main character learning how to take care of her horse and how to dressage ride.  But everything else from the romance, friendships, adult figures and the heroine herself, I had issues with it all. 

How's your month been?


  1. I can't believe February is about to start! We definitely had a much busier January than last year!

  2. I still can't believe you've already read 21 books! That's super impressive :D And January just flew by because we did so much during the month!


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