January 2020 Reads

I’ve been in a bit of a funk for a lot of January, so I didn’t check too many books off my To Be Read list, but I did read some gems. Take a look at what I read this month and be sure to leave me a comment down below if you’ve read any of these books or if you have recommendations for February reads!

Stats

Number of books read: 3 📘📘📘

Print books: 2 📚📚

Audiobooks: 1 🎧

Kindle books: 0

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star books: 1

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 star books: 2

⭐⭐⭐ 3 star books: 0

⭐⭐ 2 star books: 0

1 star books: 0

😍 Favorite book: The Sun Down Motel

☹️ Least favorite book: The Woman in Cabin 10 (but I still really liked it! This was a good month!)

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

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5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read on January 4, 2020.

In 1982, Viv Delaney, the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel vanished without a trace. It took four days for anyone to report her missing and her disappearance was never solved. In 2017, her niece Carly decides to get to the bottom of Viv’s disappearance and finds herself in eerily similar circumstances, investigating the same unsolved murders, working the same night shift, and hearing the same strange noises. Not much has changed in the town of Fell and nothing has changed at the Sun Down Motel. There’s more to the motel than meets the eye and Carly starts to believe that she might be in danger herself.

The Sun Down Motel was incredible. I couldn’t put it down (seriously, I read the whole thing in one day). I had shivers down my spine the whole time and had to position myself so I could see my whole room while I was reading because I kept feeling like someone was watching me. This book was creepy, mysterious, and unputdownable. I love interwoven timelines and watching Carly follow in her aunt’s footsteps made for a compelling read. I was thoroughly creeped out but loved every minute of it. This book made me want to go exploring at an abandoned motel (sort of) and definitely made me want to check out what else Simone St. James has written. Highly recommend this book to any true crime junkies and thriller fans out there.

Find my review on Goodreads here.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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4.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

Read from January 3, 2020 – January 10, 2020.

(4.5 stars) Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is unlike any book I’ve ever read. It chronicles the rise and fall of the fictional 70s rock band named in the title. The story is told through interviews that take place in the present time, with each member of the band and person involved in the story telling their own pieces, versions, and interpretations of the events of decades long past. This means that the reader often hears the same story through multiple points of view, highlighting the way the same event can be interpreted differently depending on the context of the person experiencing it.

The plot is mesmerizing and features plenty of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But there are also many soft moments focusing on vulnerability, on what love really is, and on how tension between people who are very different from one another and between people who are very similar can play out. I was invested in the lives and stories of each character and I was invested in the success of the band. I’m not a big music history buff, but I have a number of friends who are and I will definitely be recommending this book to them. I totally understand why this book won the Book of the Year award from Book of the Month.

I’m so glad I chose to listen to this story as an audiobook. The audiobook is incredibly done, with a full cast. This works especially well for a story like this that’s told through interviews. It helps immerse the listener even more than the impeccable writing already would. I strongly recommend the audiobook if you’re thinking about reading.

**read as an audiobook**

Find my review on Goodreads here.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read on January 19, 2020.

Travel journalist Lo Blacklock has been given the opportunity of her career — a cruise on a luxury ship, schmoozing with high rollers and enjoying the luxury lifestyle and views of the Norwegian fjords. However, the trip doesn’t go anywhere near as planned. Late one night, Lo is awoken by the sound of a splash that sounds uncannily like a body hitting the water. When she tries to raise the issue with ship security, she becomes even more suspicious as no one believes her, and the person who she’s sure has been murdered apparently doesn’t even exist. This page turner kept me on edge the whole time and I read it one sitting.

Lo was a likeable main character and although she strayed a bit into the unreliable alcoholic female narrator territory trod by The Girl on the Train and The Woman in the Window, it wasn’t the main thrust of her character, so I didn’t mind the trope as much as I usually do. I’d seen both hype for The Woman in Cabin 10 as well as claims it was overrated, but I ended up quite enjoying the book and I’m normally a pretty harsh critic! The final twist was predictable, yet satisfying and I was engaged in the story the whole time. (Maybe part of the reason I enjoyed it so much was the crime on the high seas vibe reminded me of one of my childhood favs — Troubling a Star.)

Find my review on Goodreads here.

Thanks for sticking around to check out what I read in January. I started way more than three books this month, and I’m looking forward to finishing more of them in February. Have you read any of these books? Do you have suggestions for books I’d like? Leave them in the comments down below! I love talking books with everybody.

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