For anyone who doesn’t know me, I love to read. I got back into the habit of regularly reading at the start of the first lockdown back in March and since then I’ve been reading a few books each month! I managed to read 52 books in 2020 which is the most I’ve ever read. This is just a blog post to give mini reviews of all the books I read in January 2021.
The first book I finished in January was one I started in December, and that was Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. Clap When You Land is a YA contemporary story about two sisters who didn’t know each other existed. One sister lives in the Dominican Republic and the other lives in the US, and they only learn about each other when their father dies in a plane crash travelling between the two places. I gave it 4 stars! I really enjoyed it. It’s written in verse and I haven’t read anything written in verse before other than normal poems, so I really enjoyed that slightly different format.
The next book I read was A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. This is a fantasy book, sometimes marketed as young adult but I’d say it’s definitely more adult! It’s really popular on bookstagram (instagram for books) and I was definitely influenced by that to finally read it! I love fantasy and I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it so much that I gave it 5 stars! I’m actually currently reading the second book in the series now.
The third book I finished in January was The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. This was a super cute adult romance novel about a woman who moves into a flat with a man who works night shifts. He has the flat during the day and she has the flat on nights and weekends. And… they share the bed! The plan was that they would never meet, but they end up communicating through post-it notes and meet up after a few months of living together! As it’s a romance book you can guess what happens from there. I gave this one 5 stars as it was the first romance I’d ever read that made me really care about all of the characters, and that had side stories and characters that actually added to the overall story and made it far more interesting. Thoroughly recommend!
The last book I finished in January was Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson. I got this one in audiobook form through NetGalley, a website that allows you to request ARCs (advanced reader copies, i.e. copies of books before they have been published) in ebook and audiobook form. The audiobook is narrated by the author which I loved! It’s a story about a young black couple in London and the struggles they experience day-to-day, as well as their love story. It’s very poetic and I found it really fascinating to learn about a completely different experience to my own. I gave it 4 stars!
So there’s 4 books I can thoroughly recommend to you all if you can get your hands on them! If you want to see more book content from me I have a bookstagram (instagram for books!) which is @kiahsbooks. I would love to see you over there! I hope you all have a fab February.