January ’24 Book Review

We’re starting off the year on the right foot, and that’s with a reading goal! My goal is to read 50 books this year. I believe I got to almost 40 either last year or the year before last, and I remember feeling so accomplished! We’ll see if I can do it with 3 kids (ha!) but at the very least, I’m going to get a lot of books in and have a lot of fun either way. Here’s my reviews and books for January:

Lease On Love: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

A light hearted, easy read. I can normally tell if I like the authors writing within the first chapter, and if I’m going to be hooked. The writing style as well as the story drew me in right away. Not a book that has a lot of twists and turns in my opinion, which made it easy. My heart needed that! Also should add that this is definitely a love story, but it wasn’t super hot & heavy. It was refreshing to have a book that had love scenes that were more mild than what I’ve read in the past! Only reason it’s not getting 5 stars is because I thought some of the “problems” or “climax” if you will, were over dramatic? I guess I just wasn’t interested in the problems she had. Ha! But if you need a quick, easy, light love story—this is it. 

Too Late: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

First off—I’m a huge CoHo lover. So if you aren’t, then this book probably won’t be for you. If you’ve seen anything about this book online, you know that it’s being compared to her book Verity. I also loved that book, so know that this is a similar, heavy kind of writing. I mean, not a huge a spoiler, but the first page of the book is someone being raped. So way different from the book I just mentioned—definitely a heavier read. I would describe this as a thriller mixed in with a love story. Lots of descriptive text was used throughout the book, so trigger warnings for child abuse, substance abuse, drugs, rape and abortion should be noted. This book will keep you up in until midnight, might make you cry like it did me, and you’ll also probably finish it in a day or even a weekend. Highly recommend!

Rush: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m not going to lie, I was iffy on this one. You know the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, I hate to admit it, but I totally do. When I’m browsing GoodReads or Barnes & Noble, I’m either prone to pick up a book due to the title of the book or the cover. If it has a cute name, or the front cover is super cute and has pretty drawings, I’m more likely to look at it. For this book, neither the title OR the cover caught my attention. However, a good friend of mine recommended it to me and I’m so glad she did. This is a love story that will pull at your heart strings and will stick in your head throughout the day. I found myself putting myself in the main characters shoes, and looking at my days while reading the book through a whole new lens. It was just a book (not based on true events), but man was this good! A perfect February read if you ask me. 

The Perfect Marriage: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

YOU GUYS. I seriously need to talk to someone about this book! Major spoiler alerts, so don’t read ahead if you plan on reading. 

You’ve got to be kidding me…she was the killer? And she ended up with Bob? I’m sorry, but I was so not satisfied with this ending. It just seemed like the easy way out! I think I would’ve liked the ending had we gotten her side throughout the book. But the fact that her character was trying to figure out who did it, knowing all along it was her? Ugh. And Bob. Can we say random? His name popped up maybe a hand full of times and that’s who she ended up with? Not to mention, I thought that ending was HARSH! I mean, talk about being cold hearted. That was another level!

Ok, so for the review. I’m stuck giving this 3 stars unfortunately. Maybe 3.5? I just can’t get over that ending, in case you couldn’t tell. Overall though, it did keep my attention the entire time and I couldn’t put it down. I thought it was well written!

There ya have it! January’s book review. It feels so good to be back on track with reading and regularly using my kindle again. I fell off after finding out we were pregnant with baby #3, because well…life just got chaotic. And I was really anxious. But reading brings me so much joy, and is such a good hobby to have in my opinion. 

Here’s what’s on the line up for February so far, in case you’re interested: The Whisper Man and the Things We Never Got Over. I’m on the wait list through the Libby app for 10 books currently—so I’m patiently waiting to see what becomes available next! But to start, it’s those two. Any recommendations for me? Let me know!

XO,

Danielle

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