January Wrap Up

*Reviews may contain spoilers.

I just realized I never posted my January wrap up or haul. Oops… Better late than never, right? Seven books isn’t too shabby considering my slump in 2017!

Always Red by  Isabelle Ronin – 3 Stars
Having just finished Chasing Red, I naturally needed to find out what the outcome of the story would be. I didn’t dislike the story, but it felt very predictable. I enjoyed the character development with the girls. There is also more of a plot than just boy and girl try to convince the other to love them. It’s a typical “romance” story.
Worn Stories by Emily Spivack – 3 Stars
I was interested in reading this book when I first heard the premise; stories of an article of clothing that has significant meaning to its respectful owner. For the most part, I enjoyed reading the stories. I do wish there had been more “regular” people involved. A lot of the stories had a high-society New York vibe to them. Overall, I thought it was an interesting quick read.
The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money by Chelsea Fagan – 2 Stars
I was rather disappointed with this book. It only briefly discusses finances. It is more of an introduction to an introduction. The book is easy to read and does offer some decent advice for the 20 somethings to tackle life. I might have enjoyed it a bit more if it had been titled differently.
The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach – 4 Stars
At first, I thought this book was going to be a bust. It seemed that the “secret” to becoming a millionaire was compounding interest. I have heard this often and did not think this book was going to have much to offer me. I was pleasantly surprised when it then went into detail on the various accounts and funds that one can invest in for retirement. This was actually exactly the type of information I had been looking for. I had wanted a slightly more in-depth description of 401(k)’s, IRA’s, ETF’s, stocks and bonds than the average beginner’s guides were offering. The book also includes brief descriptions and contact information for various companies that can help you in your quest towards retirement. I also enjoyed having the section on tithing. Donating is something I would very much like to be able to do on a regular basis.
Curious Minds (Knight and Moon, Book 1) by Janet Evanovich – 4 Stars
When I sit down with an Evanovich book I essentially expect to get the print version of a chick-flick. I was not disappointed with this. The main characters are more than a bit quirky.
Dangerous Minds (Knight and Moon, Book 2) by Janet Evanovich – 2 Stars
 I think this is the lowest I have ever rated an Evanovich book. I enjoyed the first in the series and had acquired a fondness for the characters. The plot in this book though was a little over the top. Mining for magma in the National Parks for a special matter that destroys everything? Really? At least the first books plot line was fairly believable with the government being corrupt and the Federal Reserve getting robbed. This, however, I just could not get into. Will that stop me from reading the next book? Probably not.
Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey – 4 Stars
This book contains two things that fascinate me; Paris and Marthe de Florian’s apartment. This story is about a young woman living in New York mysteriously inherits an apartment in Paris from a woman she has never heard of. Carey took the true story of the forgotten apartment of Marthe de Florian and spins a tale explaining the “why.” Unfortunately, we will never know the real reason de Florian never returned to the apartment, yet continued to pay for it. I enjoyed this story as Cat searches for answers. Sometimes I wanted to slap some sense into her for putting up with Christian. Of course, as the author wanted, I was rooting for Loic the entire time.

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