Books I Read in January

The Luxe (Luxe, #1)

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

I DEVOURED this book! Such a fun read. It's like Titanic meets Downton Abbey with a little Sense and Sensibility thrown in for good measure. 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and I think I need to be done with coming of age novels for awhile, as they're all kind of maudlin. This one is no exception. It was well written (I do have a soft spot in my heart for epistolary novels) and it's evocative of many of the feelings I had as a teenager. I just thought the relationships rang a little false and that it's doubtful all these different social circles overlapped/that a bunch of seniors would befriend a dorky freshman. But, what do I know, being 20 years out of high school ...

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)

In the Woods by Tana French

I don't often read crime novels, but this one was really cool with an air of mystery and true to life/complex characters. There were some interesting parallels to Gone Girl; so if the characters in that book frustrated you (if you wanted to reach through the book and slap both of them) this book was like an antidote featuring main characters I empathized with and wanted to reach through the book and hug. So, from what I gather, I now need to read The Likeness because it's even better...


  1. I read The Perks of Being A Wallflower right out of high school and really enjoyed it at that time. I'm not sure how I would feel about it if I read it now. I'm interested to see when the movie comes out.

    I do feel that way about movies though. I didn't see a lot of rated R movies in the 90's because I "wasn't allowed" to. Now, seeing them for the first time, they are very underwhelming... because lots of things have come such a long way since then. And slapstick comedy isn't nearly as popular or humorous...

  2. I completely wanted to slap both characters in Gone Girl. The ending I was like uh yep figures. I oddly enjoyed the book in a cant look away from the train wreck kind of way. I'm 35% in Luxe. Digging it! Thanks for the recs!