January 2022 Book Roundup
One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year was to read 50 books by the end of the year. Setting the goal helped me prioritize reading everyday and I am ahead of my schedule. Here are the 9 books I read this year.
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Starting off the year with a reread, I picked up Twilight at Target because it was the only book in the saga that I did not own a copy of. I had not read the book since I was 11 years old. I found that I was able to enjoy the novel more now that I was older. It was fun to revisit the Twilight world again.
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
This novel has been on my “to read” list for so long and I am so glad I finally got around to reading it. The book is a piece of art and I could not recommend it enough. Unbroken tackles some very serious and dark parts of history so if you are a more sensitive person, proceed with caution.
- Light Filters In by Caroline Kaufman
Though I love reading and writing poems, I have never read a poetry book. When I saw this one sitting on the shelf at Target, I decided to give it a shot. I found myself relating to the experiences the author was writing about and blew through this book quickly. It was very raw and heartfelt.
- The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I picked up The Inheritance Games because I had heard it mentioned so much on TikTok. I wish I could have read it when I was a bit younger and closer to the target age demographic. Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. If you’re looking for a mystery, I would definitely recommend it.
- Temptation by Nora Roberts
Romance has never been a genre that I read, but I decided to give it a shot. Temptation is a light romance and made me feel like I was watching a Netflix romcom on a rainy day.
- The Best Mistake by Nora Roberts
This is exactly the kind of book I could see people reading while sitting poolside or at the beach. Nora Roberts’s writing style is clear, concise, and feels like you are listening to your best friend tell you a story about their weekend.
- Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
Of course since I read Twilight, I had to read Edward’s prospective— my curiosity just wouldn’t let me off the hook. While it was interesting to see the Cullens’s side of the Twilight story, the book felt about 200 pages too long. Maybe it was my mistake for reading two sides of the same story close together, but I was hoping that there would have been more details about life as a mind-reading vampire.
- This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
This is another book that I would not recommend to somebody who is on the sensitive side. The novel centers on an active school shooting, so you can see where it can be hard to read. This book made me feel so grateful that I have already graduated and left high school behind. It leaves you feeling sick when you realize the story is not far-fetched— these things happen too often.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
I have wanted to watch The Wizard of Oz for a while, but I just never got around to it. I got a book of the series for Christmas, so I cracked it open this month and read the first story. While I cannot compare it to the film, the book had a nostalgic vibe to it despite this being my first exposure to the story. It was a fun, quick read that I looked forward to reading on a snowy day.
So that’s my roundup! Comment below any book recommendations!