January Reads

Both of us love to read. It's something that started our close friendship and our apartment is literally covered in books. Hoarding isn't a problem when it's books, right? We don't think so. 

Every month, we want to do a quick review of what we read that month. So here's our list and reviews!

Kaitlyn Read this Month:

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
☆ (4.5 stars)
Sarah told me to read this book about a year ago as it's one of her favorite books of all time. It's follows that story of the first and only execution of a woman in Iceland. This book totally tore out my heart. The ending was so terribly sad. It was extremely well written. It was atmospherically engrossing, which I really enjoyed. There were some parts that were a little too slow-moving for me, but that is my only complaint. I have a feeling that I am going to think about this book often.

Winter by Marrisa Meyer

 (4 stars)
I started the Lunar Chronicles earlier this year and was completely unable to put them down. This YA sci-fi series is one of those where you need the next book immediately after you finish the first one. I love these characters and I'm going to miss them. They were all unique and special and I loved them all together as a cast. Each book is better than the next.  This book dragged on a little too long for me (just felt like it was one conflict after another for no other reason than to make it longer). But I really enjoyed it overall. Would HIGHLY recommend this whole series. 

The Mothers by Brit Bennet 

☆ (3.5 stars)
This was our Book Club Book of the Month this January! Stay tuned for a blog post coming soon that will tell you all of our thoughts and feelings on this one. 

All The Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister 

☆ (4.5 stars) 
I absolutely adored this book! It's basically one giant essay exploring how the views and mindsets regarding single women have changed throughout history. I learned so many interesting historical facts and Traister clearly did her research and interviewed many people across the country. One of my favorite chapters was the chapter regarding sexuality in today's society. It was poignant and was unafraid to talk about real issues. This book is a truly fascinating and important read, not just for single women, but for women everywhere. It's not for everyone though; it's incredibly dense.

Elephant Rocks by Kay Ryan

☆ (2 stars)
This collection of poetry was a huge disappointment. The poems were quite elevated and the word choices were something I could appreciate. However, not a single poem made me feel like I could connect to it and not a single poem gave me any kind of emotional response. 

Mischling by Affinity Konar

☆  (3 stars)
This is a WWII story, following two identical twins and their experience as scientific experiments in a Nazi camp. Obviously, this was an incredibly sad and powerful story. However, I'm conflicted on what to rate it. The writing itself was beautiful and I found myself marking up a lot of the pages. On the other hand, the way the plot was constructed could have been better and neater and it was hard for me to connect to any of the characters. 

Sarah Read this Month:

The Nix by Nathan Hill
★ (5 stars)
This is a bold claim, but I'm going to say it anyway. This book might be my new favorite book. It's the kind of book I hope to read someday. The writing is fantastic, the characters are flawed and wonderful and the storyline is non-stop. I felt at home with the characters, while also completely separated from their lives and their decisions. I want to read this book again and again.

Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
☆ (4 stars) 
If you haven't read any of the Saga graphic novels, don't start with this one, as it is volume 6 in the series. I love this graphic novel series and will continue reading them until they are finished.

The Girls by Emma Cline
☆ (4 stars)
This book was a wee-bit too pretentious for me, which often comes with an author's debut novel. But the writing was great and the storyline had me on the edge of my seat. If you're into Charles Manson cult-esque stories with disgustingly good writing, check this one out. I will definitely be picking up this author's next work.

Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson
☆ (4 stars)
If you couldn't tell, I read a lot of graphic novels. This one, by arguably my favorite graphic novelist, was wonderful. Awesome artwork with a storyline that was way more than surface level deep. 

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan
☆ (3 stars)
Another graphic novel. Not as great as the rest, but definitely worth a read. Lots of girl power!

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
★ (5 stars)
Now here is a graphic novel I could gush over for hours. Isabel Greenberg combines beautiful illustrations for an innate storytelling gift. I'm obsessed with this book. Here was my review on Goodreads:
Wow. Breathtaking and fascinating and imaginative and remarkable. I love Isabel Greenberg's illustrations and storytelling. If you're looking for a female empowering graphic novel, this is it. Gahhhhh and I love Cherry and Hero."

The Mothers by Brit Bennett
☆ (4 stars)
This was our Book Club Book of the Month this January! Stay tuned for a blog post coming soon that will tell you all of our thoughts and feelings on this one. 

The Unseen World by Liz Moore
★ (5 stars)
Ok, technically I'm still reading this one. But I'm practically finished and read the majority in January and there's no way I'm not giving it 5 stars. It's a heartbreaking story of a daughter and father, the latter diagnosed with Alzheimers. It's gotten a little hard to read, as it is so poignant, but I love it.

What is your favorite book that you read this month? 

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