Looking for a good book so get cozy with? Read along with me — I’m sharing my January Reading List!
It’s such a weird time of year — cold, no big holidays on the horizon, everyone recuperating from all the Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities. I was worried I’d have trouble finding a great list of books for this month, but I should have known better. I am always amazed by the sheer number of amazing books out there. That is the best thing about being a lover of books — you’ll never, ever be bored.
I am super excited about the books I found for this month. They aren’t new, but they ARE new to me. I’m excited to get started!
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Do you ever see a book and wonder, how did this miss my attention for so long? This book has been out for a year and a half and has a five star review on Amazon (over 1,000 ratings!). It’s a YA novel, so if you have teenagers in the house, they might be interested in this one, too. It sounds really, really great.
Two and a half years after an unspeakable tragedy left her a shadow of the girl she once was, Nastya Kashnikov moves to a new town determined to keep her dark past hidden and hold everyone at a distance. But her plans only last so long before she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the one person as isolated as herself: Josh Bennett.
Josh’s story is no secret. Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space. Everyone except Nastya who won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But as the undeniable pull between them intensifies, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.
The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
So again, I should just title this whole month’s reading list WHY HAVEN’T I HEARD OF THESE BOOKS BEFORE? The Girl With All the Gifts came out in June of 2014, and the reviews are amazing. It’s described as sci-fi, fantasy, horror, fast-paced, clever, and addictive. How could I NOT put it on this month’s list, is the question.
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”
The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
I LOVE a good page turner, and this sounds like exactly that. Diane Chamberlain is one of my favorite authors for suspense-type books, and this one sounds really good.
Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now? As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This book is actually a few years old — it caught my eye because of another, more recent book that I noticed, Isla and the Happily Ever After. It turns out that it’s a whole YA series that sounds super cute (even though this cover looks kinda Lame-O). The reviews for this book and this series are great — honestly…they are what made me decide to try this book because the amazon description sounds kind of cheesy. Many reviews promise that it’s not cheesy though — it’s supposedly sharp witted, romantic, fun, and intense. So, hopefully it lives up to the hype! I’d love to try the whole series.
Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?
That’s it for this month!Let me know if you’ve been reading anything good lately — I always love new recommendations!