What I Read In January

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Cute story that I got into right away, but took me forever to finish. The last half was kind of all over the place and I was annoyed by Dimple. I really enjoyed the glimpse into Indian culture though. 

Chemistry by Weike Wang I was surprised by how much I loved this book. It’s a quick, to the point, inner monologue about a Chinese American PhD chemistry student and I found her life and way of thinking fascinating. 

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff It's a quick, can't-put-it-down, tabloidy kind of book, though not much will come as a surprise to anyone who keeps up with this insane administration. It's a really good breakdown for those who don't know. I hope it reaches the right people. 

The Clasp by Sloane Crosley Interesting enough story, and I really liked the writing, but I didn't particularly like the characters or care what happened to them. 

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn This book definitely kept me guessing and page-turning, but it was a little too slow for me. Everyone absolutely loves it, so I was a little dissapointed. 

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman Quick read that dealt with life, death and forgiveness. I love Backman's writing and wish it was longer! 

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin Such an interesting premise! I couldn't put it down, though the first half was a lot stronger/more interesting than the second half. ★ 1/2 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling I think I would have liked it more if I had read it before I saw the movies multiple times, but it was still so wonderful. 

The Boat People by Sharon Bala I loved the concept, the writing, and different points of view from three sides of the refugee process. It's fiction, but based on the true story of the MV Sun Sea incident in 2010. I vaguely remember this, so it was nice to get more background. 

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish Tiffany had a rough childhood and has come out smart and strong and the way she's able to look back on it all and laugh is inspiring. The writing isn't great by any means, but it's quick and funny. If you like her, I recommend the audiobook! 

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks There were A LOT of twists and turns in this one. Probably too many. It took a while for me to get into, but once I was there, I liked it. 

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock At first I thought there would be too many POVs to keep track of, but I enjoyed each character's story. It was a little cheesy, but I loved the writing and it was a quick, light read. 

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp For such a short book, it felt really drawn out. It was an interesting premise and pretty good writing, but it was also really choppy with flashbacks that didn't seem to add much to the story. 

Life According to Steph


Lauren said...

Oh, I love the Harry Potter books. I'm glad you enjoyed even if you did see the movie first. I think the books are still good to read because the characters are a bit different, and obviously a lot is left out in the movies because of time constraints.

Looks like you read some good books! Thanks for sharing.


Heather @ Heathers Hurrah said...

Huge HP fan over here and glad you still liked the book after seeing the movies!! Sometimes that can ruin the experience for me but they are different enough to be enjoyable I think. I loved Deal of a Lifetime. Backman hasn't steered me wrong yet - I have loved all of his books.

Laura said...

The Wife Between Us is already on my TBR list. I heard the same thing about The Woman AT the Window...that it was slow and I normally don't like that kind of pace, so I may pass! Great list of books!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i really liked the smell of other people's houses, even though it was definitely a bit cheesy. sometimes i like cheese lol. i have the wife between us at home,and my bestie just passed on the woman in the window to me, so hopefully i like them well enough. The Immortalists sounds so interesting!

Monica L said...

I love the Harry Potter books! I have Tiffany Haddish's book on my list!

lil desiqua said...

Haha that was the first and only Harry potter I read, or watched! I enjoyed it, but I'm not really a fan of series books. I was annoyed by Dimple in just the description, so I know that wasn't for me! I've been on the fence about Chemistry and The Immortalists, but I think I'll give them a try. So glad you enjoyed The Deal of a Lifetime!

Ana L said...

Did you read Refugees? It sounds similar to Boat People.

I loved the entire Harry Potter Series, I had seen the movie once, but the book made a lot more sense to me.

Carly Blogs Here said...

The Smell of Other People's Houses has been on my tbr for a while, but I don't think I've thought about it again since I added it. I'm really looking forward to reading The Boat People and cannot agree more with your thoughts on The Immortalists. I really didn't expect to like it as much as I did, but it was so interesting & I really enjoyed the writing.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I bought Fire and Fury to piss trump off with its numbers. I won't be reading it. I don't think I'll ever be reading anything to do with him. The reality of it all makes me completely ill.

I loved Woman in the Window, sorry you didn't! We can't all love them all!

The Wife Between Us should be in for me at the library soon. I am #1 in line, but who knows if the person who has it is a slowpoke.

I liked Dimple and Rishi, but Rishi WAY more than Dimple.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

The Immortalists does sound interesting!

Tanya said...

I really enjoyed The Immortalists and agree the first half had the stronger stories. I want to read Fire and Fury, although I"m afraid my head might explode if I do. :D Dimple is already on my TBR. It seems like a sweet story.

Kristin said...

I'm listening to The Woman in the Window now. I have high-ish hopes?

Confuzzled Bev said...

The Boat People sounds really interesting. I haven't heard of it before.

Audrey Louise said...

The Smell of Other People's Houses has been on my TBR list for a while.
I'm glad you liked HP, despite the movie tainting it a bit. I think you're right- it was fun to see the characters in your head before Warner Bros. actually assigned actors to them. Lol
When Dimple Met Rishi has been on my list for a while, too.