January Book Wrap-up

Hey guys! I am excited to share with you the books I ended up reading in January. It ended up being a slow reading for me. I’m trying not to rush through my books this year. I felt like last year I read a lot of books too quickly. There are some books I don’t really remember because of that. So I’m trying to take my time and really enjoy it. So now let’s dive in!

Sometimes I LieSometimes I Lie By Alice Feeney

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 387 pages
Publication Date: March 17 2018
Publisher: HQ
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Plot: My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

My Thoughts: I thought this was an enjoyable book. I was engaged the entire time. I just thought there were somethings in the story that were unnecessary and could have been done without. There was one character who really didn’t need to be in the story at all. So it needed some work. I want to check out Alice Feeny’s new book when it comes out.

Widow's PointWidow’s Point By Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Novella, Fantasy
Pages: 156 pages
Publication Date: February 12th 2018
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: “This is a bad place. I don’t think people are meant to live here.”

Longtime residents of Harper’s Cove believe that something is wrong with the Widow’s Point Lighthouse. Some say it’s cursed. Others claim it’s haunted.

Originally built in 1838, three workers were killed during the lighthouse’s construction, including one who mysteriously plunged to his death from the catwalk. That tragic accident was never explained, and it was just the beginning of the terror. In the decades that followed, nearly two dozen additional deaths occurred in or around the lighthouse including cold-blooded murder, suicide, unexplained accidents and disappearances, the slaughter of an entire family, and the inexplicable death of a Hollywood starlet who was filming a movie on the grounds.

The lighthouse was finally shuttered tight in 1988 and a security fence was erected around the property. No one has been inside since.

Until tonight.

Thomas Livingston is the acclaimed author of thirteen books about the supernatural and this evening he will enter the Widow’s Point Lighthouse, searching for material for his next bestseller. He will be locked inside for the weekend with no way of contacting the outside world. And although no human has stepped foot inside the structure in nearly three decades, Livingston will not be alone.

In this remarkable collaboration, father and son writing team, Richard and Billy Chizmar, combine forces to tell a chilling ghost story that will make you think twice about what is waiting for you in the dark. This novella is a much-expanded version of the short story of the same title.

My Thoughts: I thought this was a great read. I really liked how the story was told which was transcribed video/audio recordings. I thought that added a really nice touch to the story. It was very creepy and mysterious. I can see myself reading this again in October when looking for a nice quick horror read. Highly recommend if you like ghost/haunting stories.

Daisy Jones & the SixDaisy Jones & The Six By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Historical, Fiction, Adult, Music
Pages: 368 pages
Publication Date: March 5th 2019
Publisher: Ballantine Books
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

My Thoughts: Honestly the moment I saw this was on Netgalley, I jumped at the opportunity to read it early. I was one of the many people who fell in love with Evelyn Hugo last year so I had request it. I got accepted for the e-arc. I am so happy I did. I thought Taylor Jenkins Reid did such an amazing job with these stories. She knows how to write these fake people and really brings them to life. I wrote a review for Netgalley and wrote that my biggest disappointment with this book is these people weren’t real. I really wanted them to be a real band. I would have loved to check out their music. I just loved reading their story. It was so well done. Plus it had a little surprise at the end that I wasn’t expecting. Very well done.

The SuspectThe Suspect By Fiona Barton

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Pages: 381 pages
Publication Date: January 24th 2019
Publisher: Berkley Books
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared?

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth–and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, whom she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling.

As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think…

My Thoughts: So I had no idea that this was part of the Kate Waters series. I didn’t realize she’d be in this book. I do feel you don’t really need to read the other books. She’s just been a point of view character in each of Fiona’s books. I have to say I really enjoyed this a lot. I really enjoyed that some of this book took place in Thailand. I don’t read a lot of books there so it was nice to switch up the setting. I feel this book had some surprising factors. I would recommend checking this one out.

Saga 9Saga, Vol. 9 By Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Illustrator)

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comic
Pages: 160 pages
Publication Date: October 2 2018
Publisher: Image Comics
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Plot: The multiple Eisner Award-winning series returns with a spacefaring adventure about fake news and genuine terror. Get ready for the most shocking, most impactful SAGA storyline yet.

My Thoughts: I started off really enjoying Saga but for the last couple of volumes I just haven’t been enjoying it. I think my main thing is the writing. There is a lot of stuff I am just not a fan of. I also feel a lot of stuff is added just for shock value. I liked it at first but now it’s just getting old. I don’t remember if it’s the first or second page but right away the story starts off with a naked guy. It just seems unnecessary. I did enjoy the ending. I did have a feeling that might be coming just because of how people are talking about this volume. I do hope it’s kept in the story and wasn’t a fakeout. I probably will continue just to see.

Have you guys read any of these books? If so what did you think? What books did you guys end up reading January? I would love to hear from you!


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