I had set a goal to finish 75 books in 2019 and a second goal that 25 of those books will be self-help or educational. Those types of books inspire me and help me with blogging so I wanted to make sure a good amount of my total books read come from that area.
I did meet my goal of 75 books by reading 76 books. I didn’t read 25 self- help books though. I only read 12 of those type of books.
My goal for 2020 is to read 101 books. It’s going to be a lot of reading but totally doable.
By the way, Iâ€™m truly loving using GoodReads to track my reading. You all were right! It is really motivational to see my progress! Iâ€™m a little behind where I should be towards my reading goal but Iâ€™ve been reading a ton lately. So Iâ€™m confident I will catch up.
I wanted to start sharing every month what Iâ€™ve read and how I liked them. I find so many great books from other bloggers and on Instagram so I wanted to start sharing mine.
Since I did my 31-day challenge in January I never got around to posting the books that I read in January so I will be posting both book posts this week.
I finished 8 books in December â€”- which is great! Hereâ€™s what I read + my honest thoughts on each of the books:
1.The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
This was the third and final book in the Chronicles of the One Trilogy. This was a great trilogy and I really enjoyed them all.
After the sickness known as the Doom destroyed civilization, magick has become commonplace, and Fallon Swift has spent her young years learning its ways. Fallon cannot live in peace until she frees those who have been preyed upon by the government or the fanatical Purity Warriors, endlessly hunted or locked up in laboratories, brutalized for years on end. She is determined to save even those who have been complicit with this evil out of fear or weaknessâ€”if, indeed, they can be saved.
Strengthened by the bond she shares with her fellow warrior, Duncan, Fallon has already succeeded in rescuing countless shifters and elves and ordinary humans. Now she must help them healâ€”and rediscover the light and faith within themselves.
For although from the time of her birth, she has been The One, she is still only one. And as she faces down an old nemesis, sets her sights on the enemyâ€™s stronghold, and pursues her destinyâ€”to finally restore the mystical shield that once protected them allâ€”she will need an army behind herâ€¦
My rating 5 stars
2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I started this series which has 5 books. I’ve read the first three. Though they are pretty lengthy reads and can take awhile to get through. They are good books though and I plan to read the last two soon.
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrowâ€”and Reds like himâ€”are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so
My rating 4 stars
3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
I follow so many accounts on Instagram about reading and book recommendations. This book was everywhere when it came out and I finally got the chance to read it and it is one of my favorite books of 2019.
Such a twisty turning mystery thriller. I just could not put it down.
Alicia Berensonâ€™s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of Londonâ€™s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Aliciaâ€™s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivationsâ€”a search for the truth that threatens to consume him.
My Rating 5 stars
4. Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Golden Son is the second book in the Red Rising series. It continues the story of Darrow.
As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrowâ€™s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Goldsâ€”and their only path to liberation is revolution.
And so Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within.
My rating 4 Stars
5. Regretting You by Collen Hoover
Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.
Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesnâ€™t want to follow in her motherâ€™s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesnâ€™t have a spontaneous bone in her body.
With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chrisâ€”Morganâ€™s husband, Claraâ€™s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.
While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy sheâ€™s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together
My Rating 5 stars
Morning Star was the third book in the Red Rising Series.
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Societyâ€™s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.
Finally, the time has come.
But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long deniedâ€”and too glorious to surrender.
My Rating 4 Stars
7Maybe you Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
This was such a great book. One that I have recommended to family because it was so good,
One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose ofÂfice she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.
As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patientsâ€™ lives â€” a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who canâ€™t stop hooking up with the wrong guys â€” she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.
With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is revÂolutionary in its candor, offering a deeply perÂsonal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly revealÂing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them.
My Rating 5 Stars
8. I Owe You One by Sophia Kinsella
I gave this book 4 stars but it was really more 3.5 stars. It was not one of my favorite Sophia Kinsella books but it was still enjoyable just not as good as I had hoped for.
Fixie Farr has always lived by her fatherâ€™s motto: â€œFamily first.â€ And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesnâ€™t take care of her fatherâ€™s legacy, who will?
Itâ€™s simply not in Fixieâ€™s nature to say no to people. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agreesâ€”she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computerâ€™s owner, Sebastian, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. Fixie laughs it offâ€”sheâ€™d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?
But then Fixieâ€™s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life, and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixieâ€™s buttons. As always, she wants nothing for herselfâ€”but sheâ€™d love Seb to give Ryan a job. No sooner has Seb agreed than the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixieâ€”from small favors to life-changing momentsâ€”ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?
My Rating 4 Stars