Saturday, February 5, 2022

January Reading List

 Unpopular opinion – I know people may have different opinions, but I actually really enjoyed the month of January. I honestly felt like it was a true fresh slate this year and that nothing residual in a negative way spilt over into the new. Plus, all the snow that graced Nashville was just amazing. Normally we are lucky to have at least one good snow {aka an inch of winter magic}, so I am taking the snow as a sign of good things to come for 2022. 

I choose not to make any New Years goals/resolutions {explained in an earlier post}, but even without the strings of the yearly new year’s goals to guide you towards certain things, I think reading more books will forever be a goal of mine. 

One// Comfort and Joy, by Kristin Hannah

This is such a great story, and so unlike anything else Kristin Hannah has whitened {as far as I know}. Christmas was once Joy’s favorite holiday, but after Joy’s husband leaves her for Joy’s sister, the Christmas holiday loses a bit of its luster for Joy. Joy makes a spur of the moment decision to take a vacation over the holidays, and everything takes a very unexpected turn.


Two// Christmas at Fireside Cabins, by Jenny Hale

This was the last holiday themed book of the season I read, and to be honest, I was a little Christmas storied out by this point, but even so, Christmas at Fireside Cabins is such a sweet wintertime read. 


This is a story about a group of four friends who always organize a trip over the Christmas season. This year’s trip brings about new friendships, love interests, and the pull of a little Christmas magic.


Three// Two for Joy, by Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch

Two for Joy is part of the Magpie Society series; I read ‘One for Sorrow’ last year and was so glad when the second book in the series was finally released. Two for Joy is such a great sequel to the first, and definitely leaves you wanting more. I love how Sugg and McCulloch do such an amazing job of dreaming up an English boarding school with endless amounts of twist and turns. Highly recommend


Four// The Ballerinas, by Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Growing up I could not get enough of anything ballet related, and even as an adult I love basically any book that features a ballet school/company/theater/etc. 


I honestly could not put this book down. The Ballerinas takes place at the Paris Opera Ballet and the story centers around three friends. Thirteen years ago, Delphine gives up her prestigious soloist spot for a new life in St. Petersburg as a chirographer. Delphine returns to the POB as chirographer who is expected to choreograph new dances to kick off a new era for the Palais Garnier Opera House. Delphine hopes to make things right with her former friends from childhood but finds the new life changes and dynamics harder to navigate than she thought. This book is full of twist and turns and wonderful characters – highly recommend! 

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