January Reading Wrap-Up

The first month of the year is over, and I’m glad to say it went well. On the 8th, I ended my holiday vacation and got back into work and Graduate school; and like mostly everyone else, when times are busy it’s difficult sometimes to find time to read. And when it’s been a long day and my brain is fried, I tend to gravitate more towards mindlessly watching reruns of Parks and Recreation than I do towards books.

I made a commitment to myself this month that I would spend more time focusing on reading. I was able to fit in time to read in some new ways (who else is a metro reader?!), and so I managed to find time to finish six books this month (one five-star review), and I have to say I loved every one of them.


  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 4.0/5.0 stars
  2. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – 3.5/5.0 stars
  3. As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner – 5.0/5.0 stars (and my first Book of the Month pick!)
  4. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie – 4.0/5.0 stars
  5. The Dinner by Herman Koch – 3.5/5.0 stars (see my review here: Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch)
  6. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – 3.0/5.0 stars (see my review here: Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr)


While I enjoyed all of these books, As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner really stood out. Set in 1918 Philadephia during World War 1 and the outbreak of the Spanish Flu, the Bright family faces unspeakable tragedy, and in the process they

pull at your heartstrings as the reader is forced to contemplate life, death, fate, and love simultaneously. As Bright As Heaven is released on February 6th, and I highly recommend everyone find a copy and read this beautiful, unique, and thought-provoking novel.

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