Books I read: January

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This is the fourth year that I will attempt to read 52 books this year. Previous years didn't work out so well and last year got particularly busy.

Last year, I started re-capping what I read weekly with quick reviews, but this year, I plan to just publish monthly lists and reviews.

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  Certain American States: Stories by Catherine Lacey

No doubt Catherine Lacey writes lovely prose. I found myself admiring the way she constructed her sentences. Unfortunately, I just did not connect to any of the characters or stories. I don't know what it was exactly, I just wasn't invested in any of the characters at all. Also, for the title being Certain American States, I just didn't get any real sense of "place" while reading this.

My rating- 2 stars

  One Day in December: A Novel by Josie Silver

After a disappointing first read of the new year, I wanted something light and fun. I picked this mainly because it was one of Reese Whitherspoon's book club picks. Reese wouldn't let me down? But oh did this book let me down. First off, I am a romantic perfectly capable of suspending disbelief in the name of love, rom-coms, and romantic fiction. But how the hell am I supposed to believe that a brief two-second encounter in December is supposed to be enough to form a lasting love story that spans ten years?

Laurie and Jack experience a love-at-first-sight moment without getting the chance to speak let alone catch each other's name only to find each other a year later when Jack ends up dating Laurie's best friend, Sarah. The two never reveal they remember each other and they just continue on through life pining for each other for no good reason because there is nothing at all great about the characters or there love story. Jack was a jerk, who continually dates models and actresses too hot for him but treats them like shit because he only has eyes for Laurie. And Laurie was a shitty friend and should've realized Jack was terrible. Sarah deserved better than both of them. The reader deserves better.

My rating- ⭐️⭐️

Third time's a charm. Afraid that I was setting a horrible precedent for this year, I chose this book because it was Book of the Month Club's 2016 Book of the Year and has been on my to-read list for a while. The subject matter can be difficult to get through for some. There's nothing black and white in this book and offers a nuanced story about love and an overlooked part of society.

My rating- ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Please feel free to share what you're reading or any recommendations in the comments! :)

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