Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A January of Books

It's already time for the first link up of 2019! Four of these were read last year with just the first two being read this year. 

I'm trying something different this year by completing the Popsugar reading challenge for the entire year as well as participating in Erin's Book Challenge that's running January 1 - March 31. I picked my books based on what was already on my "to read" shelf on Goodreads but I did of course have to add some for a few categories. So, for the books I read in 2019, I'll be adding the challenge category that it checks off (if it does, of course. 

Books read in 2019

The Perfect Nanny // Lila Slimani
Rating: 2/5 
Challenge: Erin's - book that was originally published in a language other than your own

Nope. Apparently it was based on a true story but has no real conclusion. This is not spoiled because its the first line of the book - the nanny kills the children and then it goes back and forth from her perspective and the parents of how she came to be their nanny and the time between that and the kids dying. But, there is NO resolution and its a very choppy book. I read it in a day, though, because it was short. 

The Third Wife // Lisa Jewell
Rating: 4/5
Challenge: Popsugar - book you meant to read in 2018

Yes, read two Lisa Jewell books back to back. This one was not the thriller I was expecting but had some good character growth while still maintaining some mystery throughout. 

2019 books read to date:

Currently on the nightstand: The Clockmaker's Daughter, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, The Rhythm Section, The Lies We Told, One Day in December, The President is Missing, Severence, Rich People Problems and The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Books read in 2018:

I Found You // Lisa Jewell 
Rating: 4/5 

This book was so GREAT. A great thriller with pretty good characters that didn't come off as too unbelievable like some thrillers do. 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban // JK Rowling
Rating: 5/5 

Just doing that reread on audiobook with Christian :) 

China Rich Girlfriend // Kevin Kwan
Rating: 3/5

I think these books are great, fluffy reads. Although occasionally, I can get a little bogged down by all the over the top descriptions instead of actual actions taking place. 

The Last Day of Emily Lindsey // Nic Joseph 
Rating: 4/5 

This book was interesting! I thought the twist of somewhat obvious, but then there was an additional twist on top of that which I thought was less obvious. 

Linking up with Steph and Jana!
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Jana @ Jana Says said...

I have a book titled Rich People Problems on my bookshelf. I wonder if it's the same one you have.

Confuzzled Bev said...

I love Lisa Jewell but I have not read either of those books!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I'm late to Lisa Jewell but read three in 2018 - one I loved, one I liked, one that was okay. Still have to get to The Third Wife!

Carly said...

I read Watching You by Lisa Jewell last year and really liked it. I definitely want to check out more of her books this year.

Audrey Louise said...

The Perfect Nanny sounds like it could've/should've been a good one. Bummer. I love rereading HP! I couldn't get into the CRA books. I saw the movie and really liked it, though. I never do movie before book but I tried with the book & couldn't do it.

lil desiqua said...

Wow, you have so many currently on nightstand! I haven't read Lisa Jewell yet but I have a feeling that I'd really like her work. Watching You is on my Kindle app, and adding The Third Wife to my TBR! Thanks for the rec!

Days of a Wife said...

I hated The Perfect Nanny, and I totally agree that there was no conclusion!

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