What I Read in January

Monday, February 1, 2021

Annnnd we're off! In my goal to read 55 books in 2021, I'm going to try to get back in the habit of writing monthly "what I read" posts. I finished five books in January, which puts me a little bit behind schedule, but I'm pretty happy with everything I read. 

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

I both loved & hated this book, but mostly loved? I think? Doyle is a truly incredible, beautiful, fantastic writer, her words like a poison & a balm all in one. I loved this memoir, a series of short essays about life, generally, & lessons learned from the smallest & largest pieces of it. The "hated" part, though is just because... it's a lot sometimes. She's a lot sometimes – & that's OK. It's just occasionally a lot, is all. Sometimes I was like "OK, lol, this is not at all relevant to my own small life." ★★★★☆

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

Like No Exit before it, of a similar plot, I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. When Mira's layover flight home for Christmas is canceled due to an incoming blizzard, she joins a group of ragtag travelers who have rented a car to drive... but, of course, there's a blizzard. And someone is stealing things. And everyone is a little creepy. And is one of them trying to murder her? ★★★☆☆

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

I loved the premise of this book so much: When we die, we end up in a library filled with countless, endless, infinity-forever books of the various ways our life's stories could've gone, each choice a different book. I cried at the end of the book, which is unusual for me, & truly, I just wish every book could be like this one. It made me think & feel & live. ★★★★★

The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund

Keely (thinks) she is the last remaining virgin in her small-town senior class. Her lifelong BFF, Andrew, is a nice guy but a bit of a player, so she asks him to teach her the ropes before she gets physical with her college-aged boyfriend. This story was charming, realistic, emotional, anxious, painful, joyful... all the things high school really is. Oh, & sex-positive, which my HS experience was decidedly not. ★★★★★

Still Learning by India Oxenberg

After watching Oxenberg's horrifying & powerful Starz documentary Seduced, about her time & experiences in the cult NXIVM, I knew I wanted to go deeper by listening to her audiobook, available exclusively through Audible. The book reiterates more of the same from the documentary, but it was yet again horrifying & powerful to hear her own story dictated in her own words. ★★★★☆

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Sci-fi isn't usually my jam, but this book appealed to me because there's serious underrepresentation of BIPOC authors in the sci-fi space; this author is also non-binary. The main character is Aster Grey, who lives on the lower decks of a generational starship & works as a healer. When the ship's Sovereign dies of a mysterious illness, Aster sets out to figure out what happened... & how it connects to her mother's long-ago suicide. ★★★★☆

The Herd by Andrea Bartz

I started this thriller in late 2020, but when it was automatically returned to the library, it somehow it fell off my radar. Upon picking it back up, I flew through it, desperate to know what happened to Eleanor Walsh, the celebrity businesswoman who disappears the night of a much-anticipated announcement about her famous co-working space, The Herd. Her three best friends are on the case, but who else can they trust? And how well do they really know Eleanor at all? ★★★★☆

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