We have made it through the first month of 2021! And what a great month it has been. I am on a journey to Read 52 books this year, and so far I’m on track to reach my goals! Here is my January Reads Wrap-Up for the month.
This month, I read a combination of physical books and e-Books. After reading consistently for an entire month, I must admit I am falling in love with my Kindle e-Reader. I love that the Kindle is small and has a built-in light – perfect for cuddling on the couch or in bed.
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Here are the books I completed in January (in the order I finished reading):
#1: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
This was my least favorite read of the month for many reasons. This story follows the story of a young black woman who is wrongly accused of kidnapping while babysitting a white child, the man she meets, and the events that follow. Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” and the complicated reality of being a grown-up.
#2: Deacon King Kong by James McBride
The characters in this book make an amazing read. Full of plot twists and turns, this book is a brilliantly-written wild ride. This book is based in September 1969. One day, cranky old church deacon shuffles into the neighborhood courtyard and in front of everybody, shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range.
This book is a great read and one of my favorite stories of all time. Click here to read my full review of this book.
#3: Sula by Toni Morrison
This layered yet beautifully-written story about friendship gets better and better as you dive into the various themes and symbolism. I’m glad this was my first Toni Morrison read. The devotion between these two best friends is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of dreadful secrets. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal—or does it end? You have to decide.
#4: Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
This adorable love story is an easy read that touches on topics such as chronic illness, PTSD, and learning to love again after heartbreak. Also, I thought I should mention – there are some steamy love scenes in this one. Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek who wants more for her life. After almost dying, she’s come up with seven activities to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next item? A surprise that she was not expecting.
#5: The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
This unforgettable story is raw and inspiring with heartbreaking moments. This was my favorite read of the month. This story was an inspiring story about a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education but faces countless obstacles on her journey. The Girl with the Louding Voice is a triumphant tale about the power of fighting for your dreams.
Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you think!
Until next time!