January 2017 Reading List

Last month I was able to read eight books (you can view them in November’s Books to Read This Month post). This month was a little crazy with traveling & the holidays, so I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to. But in the midst of all the chaos I was able to read five books… 4 books and 1 on my iPad! I’m sharing my review of the books below.

If you have any book suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments! I’m also on Goodreads so you can see the books I have read there, too! I also have a bookshelf page that shares all my latest books if you’re looking for a new read. Let’s get started, shall we….

THE MURDER HOUSE BY JAMES PATTERSON | After reading one of his books last month, I decided to pick up this book after the back cover had me dying to read it! While this book takes place in the Hamptons, it’s a much different story than most that have taken place there. The picturesque town is haunted by a multi-million dollar oceanfront home that sits atop the hill. It’s the house that everyone has heard stories about and it’s one that will surely haunt you page after page. This book tells each chilling story that’s occurred at the house and the ending will leave you stunned! I was finished with this (almost) 500 page book in less than three days.

THE SILENT GIRLS BY ERIC RICKSTAD |  I have to admit, this book wasn’t my favorite and it took me a while to get through it. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover but between the cover and the compelling details on the back I was excited for a thrilling page-turner. This crime thriller is a bit gory, so it certainly isn’t for the faint hearted. This story is about a string of murders that don’t seem to be adding up…until one retired police officers finds a link between them all and fights to find answers. While it takes a while to get into, the second half of the book really speeds up and the ending left my mouth hanging open with a lot of unanswered questions! I love these kind of endings because it keeps me thinking beyond the pages of the book and makes me think a little.

THE NEW NEIGHBOR BY LEAH STEWART | It’s easy to let curiosity get the best of us, right? Curiosity gets the best of Margaret, a lonely 91 year-old woman living in a secluded town, when a new neighbor suddenly shows up. After living in seclusion for years, she can’t stop thinking about her new neighbor, Jennifer. What made her come to town? What is she hiding? How can she get answers? Margaret slowly lets her curiosity get the best of her as she tries to answer these questions while revealing some secrets herself. For me, the book unfolded very well. It kept me interested in the characters and what they were hiding. This was another book that got me thinking… you really never know what people are going through or hiding. 

ONE MORE DAY BY KELLY SIMMONS | Mothers are always caring for their children and are quick to protect them in every way they can. Carrie thinks she’s doing her best until one day her son goes missing as she’s trying to find change for the parking meter. More than a year goes by when her son suddenly appears, yet he’s gone again in no time. She’s left with questions, while many others (including her husband and cops) seem to question her sanity. By the end of the novel the crime is solved and it’ll all make sense. This was a pretty quick read for me and definitely kept me questioning what was going to happen next and if Carrie was sane or not!

ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS BY J.T. ELLISON | I purchased this book on my iPad during a Goodreads Daily Deal and I’m so glad I did! You’re immediately sucked in when a local girl is found dead and linked to a string of murders in which the serial killer leaves behind a disturbing memento at each scene. While there are plenty of stereotypical situations involving cops and the FBI, this is truly a page-turning thriller that has many twists and turns. There was at least three times I thought I knew what was going to happen only to be totally wrong!

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    Ashley

    I haven’t read any of these, but am always looking for new reads…so thank you!!!! I tend to get caught up in the same author and the same genre. I think I’ll start with your suggestion of The New Neighbor. Pinning this so I don’t forget your suggestions!

    Lauren Price

    love this round up! I’ve been wanting to read One More Day!

    xx,
    Lauren
    FashionablyLo

    Desi

    It’s amazing, that you were able to read 8 books! I’m so bad, I barely find time for more than 1 book a month. So now I’m inspired to read a bit more 🙂 I’d love to read One More Day next.

    http://www.teacupsandtulips.com

    Nicholle Brainard

    I need to make more time to read! It relaxes me so much. Great list, I am going to check these out!

    Annette Vartanian

    I was just thinking to myself that I need to come up with a book list for the month! xx Annette http://www.avintagesplendor.com

    Amanda | Glitter & Spice

    Such a great list! I’m currently reading “Stilleto” (it’s the newest novel in the Rook series – so good!).
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

    Bailey

    All of these books look so good, thanks for the recommendations!

    xoxo,
    Bailey
    Here’s The Skinny
    @baileyschwartz

    Kristin Leahy

    ooh I am definitely adding these to my reading list! All The Pretty Girls sounds SO good! I think I’ll pick that one up first 🙂

    Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    I love reading but haven’t found the time since Leighton was born. Love these reviews and think I will finally pick up some new books!

    @emilynwilkinson