Thursday, February 5, 2015

January reading recap

After hitting triple digits in books read last year, I thought I told myself I was going to slow down on the reading.

Yup. Didn't happen.

I finished eight books in January. Eight books and 2,916 pages. That means I read an average of 94 pages per day. Like I said, lots of reading.

What'd I read?

The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
The Reckoning by Jane Casey
All of You by Christina Lee

And now for the brief reviews, complete with number of stars given out on GoodReads. Follow me here if you’d like a more timely update on what I’m reading, what I think and what’s been added to my to-read list.

The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg  *****
Seriously one of the best books I've read in a long time. I've always been fascinated by the Holocaust, so I got sucked into this book, which tells the story of a man trapped in Auschwitz and his escape attempt. Hard to put this one down, even though I had to due to the nature of the story.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman  *****
This was a re-read. I watched the movie version of If I Stay and just had to read this one. By the way, the movie? Good.

Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young  ****
A bit of chick lit. It's the latest in a series that I enjoy.

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness  ****
This one has been sitting on my to read pile since I finished the first two books in the trilogy in early December. Good final book to wrap up what I thought was a pretty fantastic series.

Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros  ***
Kind of cute. The story of how two people fall in love via tweets. Not sure I remember how this ended up on my to read list. 

Gray Mountain by John Grisham  ****
Not quite the kind of John Grisham that I'm used to, but good. Not so much courtroom drama, but a good story wrapped around legal issues.

The Reckoning by Jane Casey  *****
I liked this. A legal thriller/who dunit with lots of twists and turns that kept you guessing. This author reminds me of Tana French's stuff, so if you liked In the Woods, The Likeness or other books in that Dublin Murder Squad series, definitely check out Jane Casey.

All of You by Christina Lee  ****
Pretty sure this came from the GoodReads recommendations list. Quick, easy, enjoyable chick lit.