January 2020 Recap

We are already one month down in 2020 and I don’t know where the time went. January was a decent month for me. I read 16 books, mostly thanks to the Fallen Crest High hole I fell down. I binged the whole series in a matter of weeks and had fun doing it. I also have made a real effort to be a little healthier this year and have tried to commit to using MyFitnessPal and my elliptical on a regular basis. I’m happy to report that I am down 13 pounds! Of course, some of that is because I spent the last week of January sick and barely ate a thing. I only worked 1 day last week and shouldn’t have even done that. I am feeling much better now, though, and am ready to face February.

Books Read: 16

Adult: 3
Young Adult: 13

Favorite Book I Read This Month:

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No Way Out by Cara Hunter

  Books Reviewed: 8

No Way Out (DI Adam Fawley #3) – 4/5 Stars

The Better Liar by Tanen Jones – 2/5 Stars

One of Us is Next (One of Us is Lying #2) by Karen M. McManus – 4/5 Stars

Marriage on Madison Avenue (Central Park Pact #3) by Lauren Layne – 4/5 Stars

The Other People by C.J. Tudor – 3/5 Stars

Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson – 3.5/5 Stars

The Murder House (DCI Matilda Darke #5) by Michael Wood – 3/5 Stars

Series Review: Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Books Read in 2020 Overall: 16

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Other Posts:

2019 Recap

Most Disappointing Reads of 2019

My Favorite Books of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

WWW Wednesday: January 8, 2020

WWW Wednesday: January 15, 2020

Reviewing the Unreviewed: January 2020

Reviewing the Unreviewed: January 2020

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.

So January was an interesting reading month where I reviewed almost every book I read, so this is a short post this month!

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10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston. Read January 26-27. 4 Stars. 

This book was adorable. I loved the big family dynamic and the friendships. The 10 blind dates weren’t really all I was expecting, but I was ok with that. I shipped Sophie and Wes and I would’ve liked even more time spent with them. I definitely recommend this if you’re in the mood for something cute.

 

*****Books with Future Reviews Scheduled*****

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Lucky Caller by Emma Mills – 4 Stars

Series Review: Fallen Crest High by Tijan

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It’s been a long time since I discovered a series that’s completely published and have been able to binge read the whole thing at once. The Fallen Crest High series has been on my radar for awhile because Deanna loves it, but it never really looked like my thing. After a disappointing reading year in 2019, I found myself looking for books that I don’t normally read and for some reason got into SUPER ANGSTY type of books. Because of that, I decided to finally give this series a try and got hooked.

The series follows Samantha and her drama filled life with the Kade brothers, Mason and Logan. Sam’s mother is leaving her father and takes Samantha with her to her new boyfriend’s house. She meets her future step-brothers, who are wildly popular rich football players, and after some initial bad blood, the three become very close. Mason and Sam also start dating.

There are some super crazy, ridiculous, eye-rolling, cringe-worthy, unbelievable drama that goes on in this series. It features teenagers that act like adults and adults that are crazy and negligent and abusive (and a few eventually that are amazing). I didn’t love how it painted teenage girls as desperate for popularity above anything else, even self-respect. There is a lot of cheating and sleeping around. And a ridiculous amount of graphic sex scenes between Sam and Mason. There’s also a lot of violence and destruction and social wars.

All that said, this series was highly entertaining. The writing was pretty addictive and I had a hard time putting most of these books down. There was some cute romance and fun banter. The drama was so off the wall, that I just had to know what crazy thing would happen next. It did start to get a little old, though. They kind of just kept doing the same thing, just with different enemies. I did like, though, that by the end they realized they needed to make some changes in their lives and finally started to grow up. While I know this series wouldn’t be for everyone, if you’re in the mood for some angst, this is definitely a series to try.

Individual Ratings (links go to Goodreads reviews)

Mason (#0.5) – 3 Stars

Fallen Crest High (#1) – 4 Stars

Fallen Crest Family (#2) – 3.5 Stars

Fallen Crest Public (#3) – 3.5 Stars

Fallen Fourth Down (#4) – 3.5 Stars

Fallen Crest University (#5) – 4 Stars

Fallen Crest Christmas (#5.25) – 3 Stars

Logan Cade (#5.5) – 4 Stars

Fallen Crest Home (#6) – 3 Stars

Fallen Crest Forever (#7) – 3.5 Stars

My Favorite Books of 2019

Yesterday I shared my most disappointing reads of 2019, and even though it was an overall disappointing year, I did read a few books I really loved. So, here are my favorite books of 2019.

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The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

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In the Dark by Cara Hunter

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Dark Age by Pierce Brown

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Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

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Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

What are some of your favorite books of 2019?