I read so many books during the Christmas holiday, some of which ended up being my favorite books of 2020. Here are some January mini reviews about which books suited my fancy.
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
Dani Shapiro shares the quietly moving narrative of discovering her true paternity and reconciling it with her sense of self. This memoir is fantastic and absolutely supports why Shapiro is a superstar in the genre right now. A great pick for someone who’s intimidated by the memoir genre or loves stories about families and genetics. 5 stars.
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
I mentioned in my 2020 top 10 books that In a Holidaze is like a smart Hallmark movie and I’ve never been prouder of a book description. You’ve got time loops, quirky family traditions, and that classic wit that we all know and love. A must-read for romance lovers. 5 stars.
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The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
I love a romantic story, but this audiobook was way too lusty for my taste. Riley and Kennedy, the two main characters, went from zero to everything fast enough to give me whiplash. It’s a fun holiday story, but I’d skip it if you’re on the fence. 3 stars.
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
I picked this book off my TBR after, like, years and was kind of eh about it. I was expecting a more apocalyptic setting, but the plot went a very different direction than I expected. The plot was also pretty unclear and sometimes tough to follow. A pretty so-so reading experience. 3 stars.
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Swimming Lessons by Lili Reinhart
If you’re looking for a quick and easy poetry collection to fly through in an afternoon, this is the book for you! I adore Lili Reinhart and appreciate the vulnerability and authenticity she displayed in this collection. 4 stars.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
I finally got my hands on Bookstagram’s darling book and it did not disappoint! Addie LaRue was a poignant commentary on identity over time and what we do for the ones we love. I found the book the tiniest bit overhyped, but it was nonetheless a great read.
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Climbing with Mollie by William Finnegan
This short and sweet audiobook is about a father and daughter connecting over her natural affinity for rock climbing. The entire book is only 2.5 hours long, so it’s a quick read if you listen to audiobooks at 2x speed like I do. A great pick to get over a book slump or inspire you to spend some time outside. 4 stars.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
I finally picked up another Bookstagram darling because I got approved for an ARC of Act Your Age, Eve Brown and am going to work my way through the series this winter. The banter between Chloe and Red was dishy and adorable, of course. Also, the depiction of chronic pain, as well as how that chronic pain informed Chloe’s character, was absolutely fabulous. I wasn’t wowed by this book for any particular reason, but liked it enough to continue with the series. 3 stars.
That’s it for this batch of mini reviews! What have you been reading recently? Have you read any of these picks?
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