I started off on such a roll, finishing a book every few days in the beginning of the month, but then mid-season TV started and I just stopped reading to watch. I'm still three books ahead of my Goodreads goal, so I'm not getting too down on myself. Anyway, take a look at what I read in January.
Anatomy of a Misfit I loved it! The writing style was great and the way the characters spoke made me chuckle constantly. In some ways it reminded me of Mean Girls or Heathers. I loved the main character, Anika, and her relationship with her best friend and her weird family dynamic. It wasn't always a happy story, but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. ★★★★
The Rosie Project People love this book and I just don't get it. I liked that the narrator wasn't typical for a rom-com, but knowing a little about Asperger Syndrome, I felt he was too unbelievable at times. And the story was so very predictable. I can see it being a cute, quirky movie though, and think Stephen Merchant would be amazing as Don. ★★★
The Goldfinch This 771 page book could have easily been edited down to less than 500 and not lost a single part of the story. There was so much detail and a whole lot going on: a terrorist attack, an orphan, stolen art, a deadbeat dad, love, bad friends, drug abuse, NYC, Vegas, Amsterdam, the art world, corruption, gunfights... Phew! It was a good story, which I couldn't put down for the first 450 pages, but then it just wouldn't end. The detail (about the exciting life of antiques!) got boring and by the end, I didn't really like Theo anymore. I'm still glad I read it though. It had been on my list for a year. ★★★
Are We There Yet? I loved this quick, easy story about the strained relationship of adult brothers on vacation in Italy. It made me really think about my own sons and their future. ★★★★
Lies We Tell Ourselves This story is set in Virginia in 1959 when school desegregation was just getting started. My dad and his siblings were bused to black schools, so this topic has always fascinated me. The story switches POV from Sarah, one of the first black students at an all-white school, to Linda, a white girl with a racist dad. They are partnered up for a school project and have to deal with their feelings of and for each other. It was really hard, but so important to read Sarah's chapters, and I was totally engrossed. But after a while I felt like the book was so issue-driven that it lost focus of it's characters. I also felt the love story was too annoying to root for. ★★★
The Lover's Dictionary This book was refreshing. It's a quick, easy story, laid out in dictionary format. But instead of the definition following each word, there would be a short story, conversation, or description of an emotion or stage in the relationship. It sort of felt like I was reading journal entries, but like, really beautifully written journal entries, and not in chronological order. While I think the concept was cool and the writing was great, it wasn't an exceptional story. ★★★
You can also read reviews of the NetGalley books I read in January right here.