January Reading

I love these prompts for a monthly theme to read from Rachel and Kristin! I read a few books I would recommend for cozy days, but Dreaming In Chocolate and The Simplicity of Cozy definitely were cozy reads!

Book Club Babies by Ashton Lee

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

While I have not read the other books in this series, I now want to. I fell in love with this community and it’s sweet residents!

This story centers on three Mamas to be and their support networks as they prepare to bring their babies into the world. It also explored the bond and deeper friendship that forms between them as they walk through this transition and new life stage together.

if you want to read a book that will make you smile and want to be friends with the characters, check this one out!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

I haven’t read much Children’s or YA in recent years, but am making it a print 2018 to read more, and this was a delightful way to work towards that goal!

I love that this book featured s strong female protagonist who goes through a journey of self-discovery while on her grand adventure. The author had a fun combination of fairytale archetypes, modern technology references, and original ideas to keep readers of all ages entertained.

I think this book would make a really fun read aloud at bed time for families, or a fun solo read for a kid.

I was sent a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Lucy’s Book Club For the Lost and Found by Emma Davies

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

I deeply enjoyed this story of friendship that was built on the back of a library book club. Each character was interesting and lovable. The journey each character walked through was intriguing and kept me coming back to see where their story was headed. I definitely recommend this book, especially for a cozy winter read!

I was given a digital ARC of this book by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Make sure you have a period of uninterrupted time ahead of you when you pick up this delightful book! The characters are deeply engaging, there is a hint of magic at play, and the plot is so sweet, but also completely believable.

This book is definitely best enjoyed with a rich mug of hot cocoa, and preferably a couple decadent caramels too. When you read the book, you’ll understand why!

If you want a fun book to read alongside a snowy day and a mug of hot cocoa, then this is 100% the book for you!

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

King Truths: 21 Keys to Unlocking Your Spiritual Potential by Alveda King

⭐⭐⭐/5

I read this book on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I thought it was entirely appropriate to spend a couple hours with the work of Dr. King’s niece.

There was so much goodness in what she shared as King Family truths! Classic MLK quotes were present throughout like “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” There was also scriptural passages, quotes from others who inspired the way this family walks through life, and personal stories to share the twenty-one main points Alveda wants to share. I may not agree with some of her politics, but there was a lot of goodness in this book.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

In Bloom by Kayla Aimee

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

I was selected to be a member of the launch team for the latest release from Kayla Aimee.

This book is delightful. It is funny, endearing, encouraging, and truly relatable in Kayla’s stories, experiences, references, and humor. I am so excited to be part of the launch team for this book, and highly recommend adding it to your 2018 reading list. We all have our insecurities, and it’s reassuring to hear you’re not alone.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my review and participation on the launch team. By

Around the Table by Dr. Linda M. Clark

⭐⭐/5

I was really hoping this would be a good leadership book, but I just didn’t connect with it. It felt disjointed and self-praising. While I’m a strong proponent for women in leadership and try to read and support voices working to achieve that, this book was definitely not a favorite in that category.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Retro Cross Stitch by Veronique Enginger

⭐⭐⭐/5

Growing up I remember my mom cross stitching often. She used this hobby to make wonderful gifts and keepsakes for our family, including stockings for each of us kids! She taught me when I was younger and my first project was a pink dinosaur. This is a hobby I hope to get back into and the beautiful designs in this book are serving as inspiration and encouragement to begin this hobby again.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

The Simplicity of Cozy by Melissa Alvarez

⭐⭐/5

Cozy is one of my favorite words and feelings. I love the global focus of this book in exploring the emphasis and understanding of cozy around the world. It’s very focused on your soul being attuned to the world around you, and a bit new age in that regard. Overall it feels like the author found what’s trendy and used a bunch of buzzwords and common concepts to try and create a book about spirituality, but it feels disjointed and flat. The book started strong, but fell apart very quickly in my opinion.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Who’s That Girl? By Celia Hayes

⭐⭐/5

This was a fun romantic comedy of a book that would make a great movie. However, the lead male is not redeemed in my eyes and comes across as an abusive jerk, not the romantic hero. The lead character is going through a journey of self-acceptance, particularly around her weight, but I don’t feel like she really has any true growth because of where her story ends. So, while I would watch the movie and enjoy it, I didn’t particularly like the characters.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Lincee is hilarious. I laughed out loud often while reading this book and felt like I was catching up with an old friend over dinner. My heart broke when she shared about the end of her marriage and her draw to Job and his hardship. I love her writing style, humor and can’t wait to recommend this book to all my girlfriends.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

What did you read in January?

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5 thoughts on “January Reading

  1. Here I am gloating for having read two books and then I stop by your blog and I am blown away. So much to comment on. Retro cross stitch patterns? I have three cross stitch projects in various stages of completion but love the idea of retro patterns!

    Have enjoyed Melanie Shankle’s books and see that she recommends the green bean book. Going on my Goodreads. Also adding …in Chocolate and …in Bloom. Now to find more hours in each day to read!

    You are my new reading muse!

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    1. The cross stitch patterns were beautiful and so fun to see! Definitely inspired me to pick it back up.

      Lincee has a very humourous voice, similar to Melanie Shankle’s style, so I think you’d love it.

      Dreaming In Chocolate was such a fun and cozy read with a bit of magic.

      In Bloom was so affirming and had a fun conversational feel to it.

      January was definitely a good reading month for me, but February is a bit slower so far. I think it ebbs and flows with what life throws at you. My January was full of cold snowy days made for reading!

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      1. Did you enjoy In Bloom as much as I did?

        I’ll have to look into Holley Gerth; I don’t believe I’ve ever read anything by her!

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