Book Review January 2020

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Happy Monday! I’m excited for this review, this is everything I read for the last two weeks on December and so far in January. All these books are pretty different but interesting in their own way, so keep reading.


Before I Met You: Betty’s grandmother Arlette passed away and at 22 she’s finally free to branch out and start a new life in London. In her will Arlette left a large sum of money to someone no one has ever heard of. Betty jumps on the occasion to move to London and starts a new adventure by finding her grandma’s unknown beneficiary. Through her search, she discovers her grandma life in the 20s. This may be my favorite Lisa Jewell book ever, the story was so interesting and I loved reading about Betty’s journey in the 90s and Arlette’s in the 20s. Verdict: 4 Stars

Regretting You: Morgan is 17 and dating Chris, she has feelings for Jonah, Chris’s best friend but he’s dating her sister. When she founds out she is pregnant at 17, all that goes out the window. 17 years later, she’s married to Chris and her daughter Clara is about to turn 17. They have that difficult mother daughter relationship but when Chris is involved in a tragic accident, their relationship deteriorates and Morgan wants to prevent Clara from repeating her mistakes. This was a very interesting book, the story kept me engaged the entire time. It also reminded me that hell is a teenage girl, Clara was so dramatic. Verdict: 3.5 Stars

The Almost Sisters: Leia is a 38 yo successful graphic novelist, after a tequila infused night and meeting Batman at a comics convention, she is pregnant. Batman left her his number that night but expecting to never see him again, she didn’t save it. Her family does not get her, so she’s not looking forward to tell them her news. On top of all that her grandmother is dealing with dementia, her step sister’s marriage is imploding and she has to travel to her grandma to figure her living situation. Did I mention Batman was black, so she’s also about to have a biracial baby. Never Have I Ever is still my favorite but this one was really interesting, Joshilyn is a really great story teller. Verdict: 4 Stars

Vince & Joy: I was trying to read The Goldfinch but after a few painful chapters, I moved on to this. This is an oldie from Lisa Jewell, it came out in 2006 and it did not disappoint. Vince and Joy met in the 80s and fell in love during family holidays, when Joy is forced to leave abruptly, she doesn’t get to say goodbye to Vince. Years later, their lives are not going so well as they keep on making stupid decisions. They eventually see the wrong in their ways and make some necessary changes. I really enjoyed this. Verdict: 4 Stars

The Woman in the Window: Gina told me this was becoming a movie so I had to get to it. Anna Fox never leaves her home and spies on her neighbors. One night she is convinced she saw a murder take place, but between her meds and heavy drinking, she’s not a reliable source. This was so good and it had a twist that I honestly did not see coming. Verdict: 4 Stars

The Shadows We Hide: This is the first fiction book I read in 2020. Was so glad to read about Joe Talbert again, this is a sequel to the life we bury. This time Joe is a journalist for Associated Press and is being sued for an article he wrote. In the meantime, his boss shows him a press release about the death of Joe Talbert senior, a man he never wanted to meet. He founds out that Joe senior had indeed a complicated life and his death was in no way a simple ordeal. I loved this book, I think it is worth reading both. Verdict: 5 Stars

The Family Upstairs: Libby learns about her birth parents on her 25th birthday and finds out she inherited a mansion that is worth millions. Twenty five years ago, she was found in the house as a baby with three dead bodies in the kitchen. They were other teenagers in the house back then but they all disappeared. Little did Libby know, a few others were waiting for her to turn 25 and she is about to discover the shocking story of her making. True to Lisa Jewell, this book had the right amount of darkness Verdict: 4 Stars

One-Hit Wonder: Ana is really tall and lonely, she grew up idolizing her estranged half sister Bee, that used to be a pop star. Bee turned up dead and she has to go to London to empty her flats. While doing so, she meets Bee’s friends and discover who her sister really was. She also found out how many lives Bee touched despite having so many demons. This story was so touching and one of my favorite from Lisa Jewell. Verdict: 4 Stars

Parental Guidance: I was not at all planning on reading this but I was bored one day and wanted a light read or should I say listen. It’s the first in the hockey series. I read the second one last month. It’s a great brain candy, nothing too heavy just a fun romance. Verdict: 3.5 Stars

One of us is next: I’m not usually into YA but I’m really enjoying Karen M McManus books so far, so I guess I’l keep reading them. I read her first and second novel, this is the sequel of the first one and I enjoyed it. I think you must read the first one before reading this one. A lot will make a lot more sense and you will be able to track the characters better. Verdict: 3.5 Stars

The Wives: I kept seeing this book in my library app and decided to give it a go. Thursday’s husband Seth has two other wives. He’s a polygamist but the wives don’t know each other. Thursday has some insecurities, so of course she’s always wondering about the other women. One day she finds a receipt in Seth clothing, and everything slowly unravels. I cannot tell you more as I don’t want to ruin this for you. This book is insane til the very end, it was so entertaining. Verdict: 4 Stars

Non Fiction

Civilized To Death: There’s books that are great read at the beginning of a new year. This is it for me this year, last year it was Atomic Habits. This book will make you think and questioned our way of life. I’ve read sex at dawn by the same author and love it too. Verdict: 5 Stars

Free Will: I grew think thinking that I have free will. We also know we are not all dealt the same cards in life. In this short book, Sam Harris shows us the facts that ‘Free Will’ is an illusion. Verdict: 5 Stars

PS: I’m joining Steph and Jana to their book link-up. So make sure to check them out to find more book reviews.

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