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January Reads

Last year I set my reading goal at 52 books for the year thinking I could get through one book a week. I ended up at 48. So my goal for 2021 is to match that again. Of course I realize that might not be realistic when I have a newborn in a couple months, but it’s still something I want to try. My January reads were off to a good start!

I hit 4/48 and enjoyed all of them. My January reads were definitely thriller heavy, but I did enjoy everything I read.

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One of Us is Next by Karen McManus ★★★★☆

In the sequel to One of Us is Lying, a Simon copycat is back with a truth or dare game that results in another death at Bayview High. In One of Us is Next we follow Phoebe, Maeve, and Knox, all victims of the new game, with guest appearances from old characters.

I loved how this sequel intertwined with the first book bringing back old characters. Karen McManus really nails the character development. Phoebe, Maeve, and Knox are closely connected, but you get to know each character very well despite a lot of their story being a shared experience.

Would I recommend? Yes


The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose ★★★★☆

March 2020 Reads: Don't Turn Back

Sarah Morgan is one of the best defense attorneys in D.C. But while her marriage to Adam looks perfect from the outside, her work often causes her to neglect their relationship. The façade of their perfect marriage falls apart when Adam’s mistress is found stabbed to death in their lake house and Adam is accused of murder.

The Perfect Marriage kept me on my toes. Did Adam murder his mistress? If he didn’t, who did? I could not put this down. The characters were well developed, however I found myself questioning everything I thought I knew after finishing the book and getting to the twist at the end.

Would I recommend? Yes! This is a fun thriller with a great twist.


The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous★★★★☆

March 2020 Reads: Admission

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

In 1988 Beth Soames is sent to live with the Averalls at Raven Hall. While she quickly bonds with their daughter Nina, things aren’t as perfect at Raven Hall as they seem. 21 years later, Sadie Langton accepts a weekend-long acting job at the since abandoned Raven Hall. But something about the murder mystery party she’s been asked to play a role in doesn’t seem quite right.

It moves a little slowly, but The Perfect Guests kept me on my toes the entire time I was reading. I enjoyed the alternating past and present perspectives, and the twist at the end was one I never saw coming.

Would I recommend? Yes


The Roommate by Rosie Danan ★★★☆☆

Find Your Path

Clara Wheaton, a socialite who never breaks from what’s expected of her, moves to LA in the hopes of rekindling her relationship with her childhood friend and unrequited crush, Everett. But when she gets there, she finds out that Everett is leaving to go on tour with his band and has found a new roommate to share his house with Clara. Pretty soon she finds out that her new roommate Josh does something work that she doesn’t exactly approve of.

This book was so much sexier than I was expecting! But I couldn’t put it down. Despite their differences, Josh and Claire become fast friends and team up to start a new project together. And with that develop feelings for each other they are both assume aren’t reciprocated. There is so much sexual tension throughout the middle half of this novel.

Would I recommend? Yes, if you’re in the mood for a steamy romance



What have you been reading? Did you have any good January reads?

January 2021 Reads

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