January 2020 Reading Wrap Up

Okay, so, obviously this is super late, but you know, life gets in the way. Let me tell you kids, don’t buy a house, its a trap! It’s been a stressful experience but HOPEFULLY I will move this month and then blogging can return to normal once I finally get some internet as I’m sure that’ll be an added stress.

Either way, I read ten books in January and I am really pleased with that number. I started the year with two five star books back to back and the quality of the rest of the books was really up there too.

The Dilemma by B.A Paris

My first read of 2020 was a five star read and I hope that sets the tone for the year. I will say, this is supposed to be a thriller but it didn’t feel like that for me. It was still amazing and I could not put it down, I needed to know what the resolution was and it tugged at my heart strings.

I was on the blog tour for this one so you can read my full spoiler free review here.

5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Duchess Deal & The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

I picked up The Duchess Deal for smuthathon for the prompt of a book out of my comfort zone as I haven’t ever really read historical fiction. This ended up being amazing though, I think the female protagonists humor was what really made it for me. She kept toying with the Duke and calling him ridiculous names when he was being so stuffy and it was a dynamic I loved. 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Later in the month I read The Governess Game to try and recreate the magic but it wasn’t quite the same. It was still fun and sweet, but the banter and back and forth was not the same. I did not want to read the same book again, but I think I was comparing them a bit too much. 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I read With the Fire on High for the YA book club I attend at my local Waterstones. It was interesting to read about a teen mum, she had it all together and it had matured her. This is not really what you normally get in books like this and it was refreshing. I flew through and there were so many important topics covered.

3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This was the last Taylor Jenkins Reid book I needed to read, now I have read them all. I still firmly stand by her older contemporary romance works being so much better.

Forever, Interrupted follows a women who’s just married, when her husband nips to the local shop and is hit and killed by a truck. She then has to meet his family for the first time and work through a lot of painful emotions. It tore me apart as her older works always do and you get a double whammy by reading about his mothers grief also.

4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

I buddy read this with Tilly, and I am so glad she didn’t enjoy it too. It makes me sound like a bad person, but I was glad to not be dragging a book she loved! We both finished way after we planned to because it just did not catch our attention. I don’t think it was a bad book, I just did not get into it at all. It felt too long and too complicated and the writing didn’t capture me. It was a unique idea and interesting resolution, but I only finished because I managed to pick up the audiobook.


The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

I listened to this one on audio as part of the blog tour and I flew through it! It is about Thursday, who’s husband has two other wives. She is always striving to be the best wife and she is happy with the situation they are in. Until she accidentally stumbles across a tiny bit of information that leads to her looking into the other wives.

I was on the edge of my seat throughout and it kept me guessing right until the end.

My full spoiler free review can be found here.

4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Followers by Megan Angelo

I picked up this as part of another blog tour, it sounded so unique. It is set in a dystopian future in which technology went a bit tits up and so the government has taken control of the internet. They set up a town full of reality stars and they are constantly watched on TV.

Each chapter alternated between around the past internet epidemic and a current day reality star. It took me a while to work out how they connected which if I read the blurb I’d have realised! It had a lot to it and a good amount of lie and deception too which was a fun ride. My full spoiler free review can be found here.

3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

I was so excited to carry on with this series after The Deal being one of my favourite books of 2019. I did really enjoy this, but it did not quite live up to the first book.

In this installment we follow another hockey player and his romance is with Grace, a virgin who doesn’t want to be just another conquest. She makes Logan work for her and it prove that he is serious about her.

Like The Deal this was super funny and steamy. It was a great time but there was just something missing, but it might just be that I read it over the space of a week or two, when I’d normally read a book like this a lot quicker.

4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

I absolutely loved this book. Chloe Brown had a personality I didn’t quite get at first, but quickly I got her and found her utterly hilarious.

She enlists Red, her buildings super to help her “get a life” because he seems like the dare devil type. Of course, romance ensues…

There was such diversity in this book that I really commend, I can’t speak to the accuracy but the chronic illness rep is own voices and really informative. It had so many different facets and I loved them all.

5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

How has your reading started out in 2020?

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