January 2019 Reads

I started 2019 with a goal of reading 24 books this year. I decided to commit to my goal right away. Here are all the books I read in January and what I thought of them!


Number of books read: 5 📘📘📘📘📘

Print books: 1 📚

Audiobooks: 4 🎧🎧🎧🎧

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star books: 1

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 star books: 1

⭐⭐⭐ 3 star books: 1

⭐⭐ 2 star books: 2

1 star books: 0

😍 Favorite book: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

☹️ Least favorite book: The Girl on the Train

If the Witness Lied by Caroline B. Cooney

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3 stars ⭐⭐⭐

Read from December 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019.

Started 2019 by re-reading a book from my bookshelf and luckily I originally read it long enough ago that the twists and turns were a surprise. I really enjoyed this book and wow oh wow was it a page turner.

See my review on Goodreads here.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

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5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from December 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019.

I haven’t read a fantasy book in a long time, but WOW did this book make me want to read more. The story was page-turning (metaphorically speaking, I was listening to the audiobook), the characters were endearing, and the plot was complex without being confusing. I loved the way the various plotlines and character arcs intersected and I especially loved the way the stories and legends were interspersed throughout the book to keep the reader just half a step ahead of the characters. I would also highly recommend the audiobook version, as the narration was excellent. I picked this book on a whim as I was browsing my library’s audiobook app and the summary seemed interesting and I’m so glad I did! Once I finished it, I looked it up and realized it won a well-deserved Newbery. I couldn’t recommend this book enough.

**read as audiobook**

See my review on Goodreads here.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

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4.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

Read from January 9, 2019 – January 18, 2019.

I can’t believe I didn’t read this book as a kid. The story was incredible with many twists and turns and the world building was fascinating. I’m a sucker for stories about exceptional children who have to save the world from trouble grownups are creating so this was right up my alley. I listened to this as an audiobook and the narration was really great and completely transported me into the story.

**read as audiobook**

See my review on Goodreads here.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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2 stars ⭐⭐

Read from January 18, 2019 – January 27, 2019.

This book was VERY different from what I usually choose to read but I definitely am glad I read it. The plot is fast paced, the characters are interesting as each and every one of them has some major flaws, and I’m glad I read a book that was so hyped. There are a number of tough topics that luckily I was fine with but if you know they are issues for you, I’d definitely steer clear of this book, including domestic violence, abusive relationships, alcoholism, loss of a child, and cheating in relationships. Overall, This was a really compelling read and it kept me going, but I can’t say I necessarily enjoyed it? (Also am I just that good at guessing twists or was the twist just well foreshadowed?)

**read as audiobook**

See my review on Goodreads here.

Tenth of December by George Saunders

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2 stars ⭐⭐

I really liked a lot of the individual stories in here, but I don’t think they had the cohesive flow of a collection. I listened to it as an audiobook, which I don’t think was the best format to experience this collection. Next time, I’d rather take the time to think in between each story and really sit with it, rather than just letting things flow to the next story as if it’s the next chapter in a novel. However, the stories were quite good and some of them really got me thinking.

**read as audiobook**

See my review on Goodreads here.

Do any of these books sound up your alley? Have you read any of them? Strong positive or negative feelings? Let me know in the comments! I love talking about what I read.

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