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My January 2018 Book Reviews

This was a slow reading month for me.  I sometimes go through bouts of migraines and when I am struggling with migraines, reading is the last thing I want to do.  I’ve also been super busy!  But, this month I was able to read 3.5 books.

The first book I read was Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.  I have not read books from Ann Patchett in the past, but I had heard good things about her work.  I found this book to be very boring.  It jumped back and forth through time without much notice or explanation.  One second you would be reading about someone who had died and shortly after they would be younger and interacting with other characters.  I often had to go back and reread things because I thought I had missed something.  I usually hadn’t, we were just missing chunks of information.  I found the storying to be uninteresting and bland.  At no point did I care about the characters or their struggles.  It took until the last few chapters until I even understood the point of the book!

Overall I gave this book 2 stars.

The second book that I read this month was Origin by Dan Brown.  I LOVED this book.  I am a big fan of The Robert Langdon series, and this book did not disappoint.  This book was a little different than his other books, I felt.  It had elements of technology and futuristic thought.  But it was quite thrilling and it kept me captivated from the beginning until the end!

I give this book 4.5 stars!

The third book that I read this month was Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. This was another book that I wasn’t a huge fan of.  There were a lot of confusing elements and so much child neglect that it made me uncomfortable.  And I think the oddest part of the book is the last two pages.  I did feel that they did a decent job developing Jojo, the protagonist.  He is a young boy that lives with his grandparents, drug-addicted mother, and his younger sister that he feels the need to take care of because his mother is not.   There were parts of this book that I felt were unnecessarily long.  And parts of this book that I found confusing.

Overall I give this book 2.5 stars.

I am currently in the middle of reading Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke.  As of right now I am intrigued, but am not far enough into it to have an opinion yet.

Stay tuned for that review next month!

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3 thoughts on “My January 2018 Book Reviews

  1. How do you choose which books to read? I have to admit, I have a really hard time reading during the school year. My stack of books to read, both for students and for myself, only seems to be getting bigger.

    1. I am in a book club, so one book per month is from that. I also keep books on hold with the online public library, I don’t get to pick when they’re available so I’ll read them as they’re available. I use goodreads.com to track what I want to read.

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