The Best Books of January

I read a lot of books this January and honestly started more than I wanted to. My reading habits are often a sign of how distracted I am so instead of a wrap-up I’m just going to talk about the top books and some runner-ups that are worth a mention and potentially a read!

My favorite book in January:

It’s about a woman who, burned out from her last job, goes through a year searching for a job that’s as the title says, easy. Little thought involved please. I related to this so much.

Mostly because the thing is she can’t find an easy job mostly because of her. She gets over-involved, she questions herself constantly, she imagines drama even when there isn’t any. There is something short story-ish about some of the jobs and it’s overall an easy fun read.

For my money I enjoyed the advertising job on the bus the most. Sounded like a ton of fun!

In second place (and mostly because I just related to the first book so much…)

This is about two very different but set-in their way fathers whose married sons have been executed. The police have no leads and these two men, who treated their sons very poorly in life unable to put aside their bigotry, begin to see it as the least they can do for the kids they really loved (and there left behind granddaughter) to find justice.

This is hard to read at times but the main characters really carry it. It is a book where we see the main characters confront a lot of things in themselves as much as the world around them.

But it’s a really great moving ride.

Even if I did find the biker gang and the ending a little bit over the top- it didn’t take anything away from the actual meat of the story.

Third place:

To be honest I have no problem with pandemic books but beware if it’s something that might bother you. And to be fair the actual flu plays a very small part this is more about how humanity goes on and survives it and the things we cling to that make it worthwhile.

To badly quote Star Trek, “Survival is insufficient.”

Though as much as I loved the writing overall and the post-survival characters I must have missed the meaning of all the stuff with Arthur. I think it probably makes for some beautifully imagery in the show because it does in the book to…

But it’s a lot.

I mean the one thing that ties him to some of the main characters is never explored in the after timeline anyway.

Anyway Station Eleven: loved the writing and the idea of the story. I started this because I was watching the show but kind of fell off both in order to read the book (and because other things were more catching my attention) honestly I don’t think I’m going to go back. But you never know.

Honorable Mentions:

This is about the moon exploding and the apocalyptic events that follow. And I flew through the first twenty or so hours of this on audio (maybe the fastest I ever listened to an audio) it’s like listening to a disaster movie. The science is surprisingly easily digestible and the characters are good as well.

But… there’s a pretty massive time jump and after it the last ten hours was a bit of a slog. It picks up again toward the very end but it was definitely unfortunately dragging.

I’d still give it a go if you’re interested in some good disaster sci-fi. I’m also said to admit I got the name wrong until it was finally explained at the end and than was like, “Oh, yeah that makes much more sense.”

Reckless Girls is about Lux whose living the (not so much) good life with her boyfriend in Hawaii when they take a job to cart two college girls out to a deserted island.

And in true thriller fashion things go downhill from there.

It is fun though a good island mystery thrilled that works in the dead or winter or would be a really good summer beach read (but honestly who goes on a trip like this to a small deserted island for that much time? I’d do like a weekend tops.)

I liked The Wife Upstairs by this author but felt the end had too many issues. This one was stronger… in that it just had one glaring issue/question mark for me but still overall enjoyable!

So anyway that was January in review! Overall some really interesting reads that stood out and I recommend all of them. Just the top three a little more

6 thoughts on “The Best Books of January

  1. There’s no such thing as an easy job sounds so fun. Tbh im that person 🤣 always pushing harder, going my 120% when others seems to not even be doing their 50%… it be hard.

  2. I was reading Station Eleven when the pandemic dawned on us and it hit too close to home for me that I stopped halfway. I’m currently re-reading it now (no interest in the show as of yet) and it’s quite cathartic in retrospect, and I do get why it was turned into a show because of how vividly it’s written.

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