It has certainly been awhile since I’ve posted an update! I try to write a post at the beginning and middle of each month, but I’ll go ahead and chalk it up to the holidays getting in my way. 2020 was a hard year, but it’s in the past now and I’m hopeful for the future.
I have a lot going on right now and honestly, I don’t have the energy to write about. So for now. Let’s talk books, and next time, perhaps I’ll have a life update or lesson to through in.
Since my last post was in November, I feel like there are quite a few books to catch up on. I’ll just list my December reads below with my rating and then give my January reviews like usual.
This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens 3/5
Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh 2/5
Home Body by Rupi Kaur 5/5
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 3/5
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys 3/5
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker 4/5
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins 4/5
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren 3/5
Dream More by Dolly Parton 5/5
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson 3/5
Deacon King Kong by James McBride 3/5
Betty by Tiffany McDaniel 5/5
When God When by Joyce Meyer 5/5
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara 3/5
My first book of 2021 was Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber. I really enjoyed this whimsical tale of magical pies that touched on grief. I did unfortunately struggle connecting with the characters. 3.5/5
My second book was The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I was going into this book thinking it might teach me a thing or two about healthy practices in creating habits, but it was actually a mind blowing extravaganza on all things habit down to the awful reasons we have unnecessary additives in our products and the ways in which our purchasing habits are tracked. My mind was blown! Highly recommend. 5/5
Book number three was The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. This novel focused on a love story between two slaves. I really appreciate what this author was doing. Never have I read a book about queer slaves and in an interview with the author, he said something about wanting to write a book about two men who didn’t quite have the name for their love. I appreciate that. This story hasn’t been told before. The prose was also beautifully constructed as well. I wanted something more though. Often times I wanted more dialogue, and sometimes I wanted the story to remain with one perspective longer. 3/5
I was in the mood for something light, quick, and beachy, so I decided on Sarah Dessen’s Once and For All. This book was heavy on the dialogue and read quick. It is YA and definitely read like a YA novel. There was a bit of a dramatic flair that felt a bit forced, but again, I had to remember the intended audience. 3/5
Tonight, I finished Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I wasn’t anticipating this novel to span so much time. I really enjoyed what Gyasi did here in showing the evolution of a family line and what each and every character sees as time presses on. This is quite an impressive debut. I’m only rating this one lower due to the fact that I personally prefer a book that doesn’t have quite so many characters to keep track of and quite so many years to pass through. Again, I definitely understand what the author did and find it fascinating and well done, so I respect that craft here, I just didn’t enjoy it. 3/5
I’m excited to see what comes up book-wise next. I might tackle a few older books this year. I used to read the classics a lot. In fact, I would read whatever grabbed my attention, but last year I got really fixated on reading current books. This year, my hope is to find a happy medium in that regard. Happy reading y’all! Find some good books to live through 🙂