Books – January 2021

Linking up with Steph and Jana. I read a few good ones this month, and quit on one that I was excited about. I went ahead and set my goal for 52 books again this year. If I can average a book a week, I feel like I am doing pretty good. Hopefully I will blow that goal out again this year. But if I don’t, that is ok too. I tried to set something that is at least attainable for me. What is your goal looking like for the year? I have two books I cant wait to read up next!!!

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

One to Watch

Full disclosure, I do not watch the bachelor shows. I hate them. I grabbed this book because a few people I trust said it was good. I really enjoyed the different ways this book read with Bea of course, but also press releases, interviews, emails, texts, live shows, etc. I really liked Bea as a character, and I was invested in some of the guys on the show. I will say that it turned out exactly how I thought it would, but I still enjoyed getting there.

Bottom Line: Read it!

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1)

What a name, right? I loved Caroline and Simon so much. Caroline was just the right amount of quirky, and I loved to see her and Simon start out sort of as enemies and then form a friendship and move from there. I liked that this book was written a little different than most I read, in that all their struggle was in the beginning and middle and we just finished out nice towards the end without that final blow out and reconciliation that we usually see in just about every romance I have ever read. We actually get to see how their relationship starts, and then goes on instead of just getting together and the book ends with an engagement 6 months later in the epilogue type of story. For the steamy parts, you don’t really get any until the end, and then it is a whole of it. Maybe a little too much in a short period of time? I dont know. I didn’t hate that though.

Bottom Line: If you are into steamier romance, read it!

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

This was a cute and cozy Christmas read that came to me on Christmas Day. I really loved Kate and the whole town she lived in. I knew straight from the beginning how this book was going to play out, but it was the perfect ride along the way. The whole Christmas scene, the ridiculous men she met through the twelve dates, the side story with her mom and dad. I just loved all of it.

Bottom line: Read it if you are looking for some light, fun and festive!

Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

Troubles in Paradise (Paradise, #3)

I could not put this book down. I really enjoyed all the characters and plotlines in this book. You feel like you belong on the island at this point, because you are so invested. I will say, towards the end of the book, I almost felt like there was a data dump to get out what actually happened. I wish there would have been a little more to it, you know? I did love that Margaret Quinn showed up at the end! I loved her in the Winter series and I just love how Elin always finds a way to wind her characters together from all her books to give you that familiarity.

Bottom Line: I enjoyed this series and recommend it if you are looking for a tropical island escape, and a little mystery. It is slightly different than some of Elin’s other books I have read. I am not going to say it was my favorites by her, but they definitely drew me in and I flew through all three.

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey


I just love Matthew McConaughey’s whole demeaner and accent, so I knew I had to do this on audiobook! I enjoyed listening to him talk about different stories from his life. There were a few cringe worthy moments, and I got a little bored in some parts. Overall, I liked his philosophy of looking for the greenlights and found the book interesting.

Bottom Line: The audio was a fun listen, if for anything, that voice!

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds

Be brave. Or pretend to be. It’s all the same.

It is rare for me to pick up historical fiction. Honestly, Kristin Hannah is one of the only authors in this genre that I will read. And as with any Hannah book, you can expect to be completely heartbroken and shattered while reading this book. I think a combination of knowing that my grandparents were young children during this era, and the current state of our country and the world…I felt everything in this book extra hard. Parts of the book were a little drawn out for me, but I became completely lost in this world and what was going on. Parts of this book are so depressing and the hopelessness and despair of the times really hits you. You wonder how many hits a person can take and keep going. I enjoyed all the characters, and especially felt the mother-daughter relationship between Elsa and Loreda.

Bottom Line: If you are into historical fiction, this was beautifully written. You feel everything. Be in the right state of mind to read it, it is horribly depressing and I feel like I am going to need several light and fluffy romance novels to cleanse myself from this.

**I received a copy of The Four Winds from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**


The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

The Heir Affair (Royal We, #2)

I was shocked that I absolutely loved The Royal We, so I was excited to read this one! This one focuses a lot more on the family drama and I have to be honest, I don’t usually care much about The Royals and their lives because it is so far removed from the real word…you know? I was about 25% in to this one when 3 other books I had been waiting forever from the library finally came in, and I couldn’t seem to care anymore about this. I would have stuck with it had that not happened, but I don’t really care that I didn’t finish. If you read it and think I need to go back, let me know.

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  • Reply Kristin January 12, 2021 at 7:39 am

    I can see how you’d appreciate One to Watch more if you’re not a Bachelor fan. I didn’t love it, mostly bc she put every single trope and plot twist into one “season”. It was overdone.

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer January 12, 2021 at 8:08 am

    I don’t watch The Bachelor, either, and still loved One to Watch. You know how I felt about the 12 Dates of Christmas, lol. I want to read the Hilderbrand series!

  • Reply laura January 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

    I had to put 12 Dates of Christmas back on the library shelf for later – since I had so many come in at the same time, too! Definitely adding that Hannah book – I’ve had some issues finishing some of hers in the past, but I really like how you described this one.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag January 12, 2021 at 9:13 am

    I do want to read The 12 Dates of Christmas at some point. It looks so cute. And I don’t watch The Bachelor either, but One to Watch looks really good – and I like books that incorporate other forms of narration like texts, etc.


  • Reply Tanya January 12, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for the tip on the K Hannah book. I love historical fiction, but will be prepared for a depressing book. I reserved 12 dates, but it didn’t come in in time for Christmas. I’ll put it on the list for next year. I agree about E Hilderbrand books…a good series that I wanted to finish, but didn’t compare with her others. Have a great day!

  • Reply Megan @ The Hungry Bookworm January 12, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Glad you liked One to Watch. I do watch The Bachelor and I think, because of that, I had a few issues with it but overall thought it was great — really loved the message and diversity in character representation. I have heard so many good things about The 12 Dates of Christmas, but I think at this point, I’ll save it for next year 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent January 12, 2021 at 10:42 am

    The Heir Affair was such a disappointment, wasn’t it? 🙁 What a shame.
    Wallbanger… that made me laugh. That’s definitely a title

  • Reply Mackenzie January 12, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Adding The Four Winds to my TBR! I enjoy reading historical fiction 🙂

  • Reply Carly January 12, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    I had The Heir Affair from the library at one point, but decided I wasn’t in the mood to start it & haven’t been tempted to request it again, which is weird, because like you said I loved The Royal We. I am so excited for The Four Winds, but am nervous too because heavy reads are especially hard right now. Ohh I bet Matthew McConaughey’s book would be so great on audio!

  • Reply Kate January 12, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you for your feedback on The Heir Affair, because that was next on my list to order off Amazon. I really loved The Royal We too <3

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says January 12, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    I am very jealous you received Kristin Hannah’s book as I was DENIED for it. It’s fine, I’ll buy it, but so rude.

    I don’t generally do audiobooks but I’m considering doing Greenlights because I love the cadence of his speech.

  • Reply Nancy @ NY Foodie Fammily January 12, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    I also really enjoyed One to Watch and The Twelve Dates of Christmas. I didn’t realize Hannah had a new book coming out – just added it to my to read list!

  • Reply SMD January 12, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Definite data dump at the end of Paradise.

    I am waiting on Greenlights from the library but if he does the audio…maybe this should be the second audiobook I ever listen to.

    Already requested Four Winds in advance of it coming in at the library.

  • Reply Julie January 12, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    I’m going to have to read Wallbanger just because of the title. HAHA Everyone’s reading Paradise so I’m going to give it a go as well!

  • Reply Biana January 13, 2021 at 8:18 am

    I think we could all use a tropical island escape – count me in! I loved one to watch as well! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  • Reply Sierra January 13, 2021 at 11:06 am

    I think I would like Troubles in Paradise. I love books that you can’t put down and keep things interesting. I’ve been daydreaming of a tropical escape so this could be a good one all around.

  • Reply Michael January 13, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Glad to see you enjoyed the Troubles series. I’m looking forward to her next book(s)!

  • Reply Julie January 13, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    So many good suggestions

  • Reply Becki January 20, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    I’ve seen so many recommendations for The Twelve Dates of Christmas – I should totally write that down in my planner to read for November or December 🙂 And the audio of Greenlights sounds really good too, but I don’t usually do audio books.. but that would be way better with his voice! Thanks for sharing and have a good month!

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