Good Morning and Happy Monday!
We are kick starting this week with January’s monthly wrap-up. It is that time where we reflect on the books we’ve read this month, and appreciate the beauty within them. I can’t believe January has come and gone, and that we are inches away from welcoming February of 2018! Where has the time gone? I do want to note that you all have been fabulous and encouraging as I start and continue this journey. I couldn’t be happier with my little corner of the web, and it’s because of YOU that I can say that.
So let’s wrap-up.
We have read two historical fiction novels, Salt to the Sea and Lilac Girls, two contemporary adult fiction novels, Saving Grace and The Husband’s Secret, and one psychological/suspense novel, Into the Darkest Corner. All well worth every second spent reading. *sigh of happiness* If you had to choose one, which would you say is your favorite?
My favorite read for January is Salt to the Sea.
Out of the five books we read, Salt to the Sea made me laugh, cry, and fear for the lives of the characters. I love everything this book offers. The emotion that pulls from this book was like no other, and the ending – oh, that ending – had me wrapped around it’s finger and surrounded by tissues. Have you read Salt to the Sea? What did you think?
My favorite quote for January is
You don’t have to worry about a thing. I’m here to change your life. – Liz, Saving Grace
I can still feel the cringe when I read this line. Just two sentences – what a gut punch. Saving Grace is filled with great quotes. The copy I have is littered with tabs that highlight the quotes that really spoke to me. Because I have a borrowed copy, I chose to respect my friend and return the book the way it was given to me. I plan to buy Saving Grace so I can highlight where my tabs once were. I could totally see reading this book again on vacation – somewhere warm and sandy.
My favorite excerpt for January is
(*Skip ahead if you haven’t read Salt to the Sea but plan to. This excerpt contains a spoiler*)
People rushed past. The boat began to fill. “Go! Get into the boat!” I yelled. “She only trusts you,” shouted Joana. “She wants you to bring the baby down.” “D-mn it.” I [Florian] handed Alfred my pack. “Hold this.” The shoe poet tossed a life vest over my head. I took the baby from the Polish girl and climbed down into the boat. “There’s too many people,” someone screamed. “We’re going to capsize.” “Only one more,” a sailor said. “Wait! No!” I yelled. “We have more people.” “One more,” the sailor repeated. “Emilia, hurry!” screamed Joana. Emilia stared at us from above, then quickly pushed the wandering boy into the boat on top of us. The ropes snapped and our boat dropped down into the water. Emilia was still on deck. I was holding her baby. Alfred was still on deck. He was holding my pack. – Florian, Salt to the Sea
I literally had to place the book down and walk away. The build up was almost too much, and my anxiety was peaked. I can’t help but imagine them all in the boats (in my mind I envision the sinking of the Titanic) – the same way Jack lets Rose lower in the row boat, alone, before she jumps back onto the Titanic one floor below. Joana and Florian, looking up at their destitute friends; the reminder of their pack. My heart dropped and continues to ache from the separation. Luckily, I had someone nearby who had just read the book, so I wasn’t alone when I needed to jump and scream as the plot twisted my heart. (I know – so dramatic – but it truly is.)
My favorite cover for January is The Husband’s Secret.
My review on The Husband’s Secret will be live this Wednesday, and since it’ll still “technically” be January, I feel it’s fair to add. I love everything that this cover conveys. You, Liane Moriarty, I’m picking up what you’re putting down. The explosion of the flower, perfectly emulates the plot within this book. That things that may appear beautiful, can easily be destroyed.
Lastly, although an excellent read overall, the book that fell flat for me in January is Into the Darkest Corner.
When I picked this book up and started reading, I had no expectations. Aside from reading the synopsis, I was intrigued to see what happens when all seems fine and on track until the phone rings. Everything leading up to the ending in this book is good. I wasn’t sure how it was going to end, and with every guess, I would find later that I was wrong. The only thing that could really add that cherry to the cake already baked, is if Elizabeth Hayes would right a sequel. But, I know that’s asking a lot.
That’s it for January’s monthly wrap-up. I am happy and about 4 out of 5 stars satisfied with the January picks. I am itching to share February’s picks with you, and begin reading! What did you think of the books read for January? Do you have a favorite quote or excerpt? Any favorite characters? Did one of the covers pull you in? Do you feel fulfilled with the January picks? If you have recommendations, please let me know! Thank you for stopping by!
Enjoy the rest of your day!