Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Books Lately - January 2022

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! It has been a hot minute, but what better time to jump back in than now? Now I can finally start grouping these in full months, rather than from one link up to the next. I always wanted to do that but never did because I didn't want one post to be missing a bunch of books,... not that it matters. Does anyone else make up random rules for themselves in their lives that make zero sense? Anyway, here's what I read in January.

The Innkeeper Chronicles - Ilona Andrews
Ok, technically I am still reading this series but we shall put it here. I told myself I wasn't allowed to read this series until I finished reading another of their series I was in the middle of (another silly rule) but on a whim I decided to just start it and read the first 3 in like a week, now on the 4th. If you are a fan of Ilona Andrews, you've probably already read this series, but if not, you should. It's everything I love from them - not as good as Kate Daniels or Hidden Legacy - but very very enjoyable. They have just made my book heart happy, so. Good times.
The Maid - Nita Prose
I told a friend I'd started this book, and she said 'oh that was so cute!' and I was like, 'cute? someone just died, are we talking about the same book?' lol. When I finished, I texted her and said that was so CUTE. I love a good locked-room mystery, even if it's a bit light. I liked that this wasn't necessarily a thriller, but I wanted to see how everything turned out. I really enjoyed the way the story was told and think it was wrapped up fairly well. I absolutely adored Molly, and Gran, even though she died before the book started. I think the fact that I loved Gran so much, and felt so much about Molly & Gran's relationship, that says a lot about the author, in my opinion. I also really enjoyed several of the side characters, and wanted to punch some of the others. I just gobbled this one up, it just hit the spot.
Weather Girl - Rachel Lynn Solomon
This definitely reminded me of Netflix's 'set it up', but not in a bad way. It was very cute, easy to read, fast paced, tackled a lot of heavier subjects sensitively and effortlessly. I really liked the characters, enjoyed the romance between Ari and Russ, really appreciated the way Ari's depression was handled. It was a very pleasant and easy read and I would recommend it.
An Impossible Impostor - Deanna Raybourn
This one comes out next week. I don't normally share books on here that are part of a series, but I wanted to today because I did really enjoy this one and I think if this series sounds remotely interesting to you, you should check it out. Delightful characters, fun stories, love it. The ending for this one though, gah. Am not impressed with having to wait for the next one!

Passing - Nella Larsen
I honestly don't have much to say about this one, I had never read anything like it before, time wise, and I did find it interesting. It's super short, so went by quickly. Thought provoking and I am sure would be a great pick for book clubs or school. 
This book was too cute. I loved all of the characters, the setting, the plot - the way everything unfolded was super enjoyable. I am not too much into YA anymore, and I think Emma Lord writes YA so well that I don't feel too old/annoyed at the teenagers while reading. I'm not saying other authors don't write well, just that I never hesitate with a book by Emma Lord now, because I know I will love it, YA or not. Also, my cat is named Millie, so that gave me some joy too.
The Mistletoe Motive - Chloe Liese
I am not the biggest holiday romance fan, so it's quite odd that I picked this up, and after the holidays too. But I wanted something quick and sweet to be my first book of the year, and I was in a cabin by a fire, so it just seemed like a good pick. I wasn't disappointed - it was exactly what I expected and needed. Cute and sweet, short and fast but not lacking, not to mention, set in a bookstore - what more could you want?
Detransition, Baby - Torrey Peters
I think I liked this one overall, but there were some things I didn't love. I was expecting something totally different, I think, or I was expecting it to focus on certain things and not others... I'm not quite sure how to word it. I do feel like I had to susbend disbelief a bit when it came to how sharing the baby came about, and I was bothered by several things Reese said about cis women and having babies and hysterectomies... but I do feel like it made me think about a lot of things and analyse how or why I felt something. I thought it was an interesting and thought provoking book, but I mainly read for enjoyment and there were a lot of things I did not enjoy about this book. It was not a hit with most of book club. I do think it is one you should read though, even if it is only to examine your own thoughts while reading.
Happier Now - Nataly Kogan
If you've listened to her other book there is definitely some repetition, but I don't mind that - I love books like these even if they don't have anything new to think about, because they inspire and motivate me. They make me think about things and try to do better. Then of course, a week later I am back to my normal self and forgotten everything that was thought provoking about the book. So I didn't mind a little repetition between this book and the last because it kind of made me sheepishly go 'yes, you've heard this before and you still didn't do it?' and motivated and inspired me some more. 
Good Girl Complex - Elle Kennedy
First DNF of 2022. I've read and liked a few Elle Kennedy books before, but my tastes have changed over the last couple of years. I could just tell I wasn't clicking with this one, I was already rolling my eyes and basically hate reading the first chapter. That's not fair or fun for me or the book/author. I am 100% sure some people will like this one, but it wasn't for me. Cute cover though.

Working my way through the Innkeeper series, also reading Circe, which I have owned since 2018. 2022 is the year of (attempting) to read the books I own, or getting rid of them.

Linking up with Steph & Jana

Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend the Innkeeper series if it sounds like your jam, The Maid, and I do also think Detransition, Baby is worth your time.

Read anything decent lately?