Books I Read In January 2019

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This post is the list of books I read in January—all twenty-six of them!

I am quite surprised. Twenty-six books in one month has to be a record—even for a bookworm like myself!

If you have any good book title to share, please, do so in the comment section below.

Audible Books

Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia 

by Elizabeth Gilbert

What I love about the book:

  • I love her writing style
  • I love the audiobook version which very well done
  • I love the idea of traveling to three different placec
  • I love her search for meaning and the divine

What I did not like:

You may call me a fuddy-duddy if you must, however, even though I find sex to be a marvelous gift, I also believe it is a sacred and private event. I don’t want to hear about it or see it—on the screen in movies. It makes me feel like a voyeur…a feeling I do not care for at all. Sex happens to be a substencial part of this book.

While I am at it, I might as well also confess I do not care for cussing.

Allow me to explain my position on the foul language issue. When I learned French—my mother tongue—I had no choice on how I acquired this skill. When I learned English, I determined to learn it on my terms. I wanted to master proper English without cussing. This means that since these are words I do not use, they sound foreign when I hear them and I do not like it.

Morever, I cannot tell whether a word is bad, very bad or no biggy. I have no way to know the nuances of some words hence why I do not use them.

Aside from the sex and the cussing, I enjoyed the book and this woman’s journey of self-discovery.

Buy Eat Pray Love

Rating: 4.3 stars on Amazon – 66% 5 and 4 stars

My rating: 4

The New Physics of Love: The Power of Mind and Spirit in Relationships 

by Henry Grayson 

Audio only.

The information is okay and may be valuable for some. It is based on the principles of Buddhism. While I liked some Buddhist concepts, I am not a Budhist and I have some issues with some of the precepts.

The narrator is very monotonous.

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Rating: 4.4 stars on Amazon – 96% 5 and 4 stars out of 7 reviews

My rating: 3

Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People

by Bob Goff

Fantastic book! Just as wonderful as the first one.

Bob Goff, once again, gave me a lot to think about. I have one person in my life who I find hard to love…after reading this book, I want to be able to love more.

Trigger warning: There are a couple of chapters at the end who could be hard for some as they deal with severe child abuse.

Buy Everybody Always

Amazon rating: 4.9 stars – 98% 4 or 5 star reviews out of 966

My rating: 5 stars

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life 

by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles 

Ikigai in Japanese means a reason for living.

The voice of the reader, while clear, is monotonous. Then again, the subject matter is also monotonous.

I was already familiar with many of the facts covered—such as blue zone diets—although they were mingled with some very good points with which I was not already familiar.

Buy Ikigai

Amazon Rating: 4.1 stars out of 121 reviews – 75% a 4 or 5 star review

My rating: 3 stars

Non-Fiction Books I Read in January 2019

Chemotherapy? No thanks! Part 1

by Inka Sattler (Author) and Hilary Teske (Translator)

This book is very short, badly translated, and it did not give me any valuable information. Apparently, the solution is in the second book.

It is not worth the read.

Buy Chemotherapy? No Thanks!

Rating: No rating on Amazon

My rating: 1

Beyond Inspired: Transform Your Life

by Dona Morgan  

This was an interesting book about an ancient Hawaiian healing technique. It was definitely a bit woo-woo for me at times. Nonethless, I enjoyed it.

Buy Beyond Inspired

This book is free if you have a Kindle Unlimited membership (which I do).

Petra: Jordan’s Extraordinary Ancient City

by Fabio Bourbon

I love history and there are two places I find fascinating—well, there are more, but only two come to mind at this moment—Le Mont St. Michel, in France and Petra, in Jordan.

This book was a Christmas gift. I enjoyed it.

Buy Petra

Rating: 4 stars on Amazon from 1 review.

My review: 4

The Completion Process: The Practice of Putting Yourself Back Together Again 

by Teal Swan  

Nothing in this book was new nor, apparently, the author’s own work. It is someone else’s research repackaged—and not very well at that.

The completion process may have its merit—for some.

Buy The Completion Process

Amazon Rewiews: 4.3 stars out of 361 reviews – 79% 4 and 5 stars

My rating: 1 star

The Eight Brocade – Warrior Breathing Exercises for Health and Longevity

by Daniel Segarra

This book is not necessarily poorly written rather, I believe these exercises are not well explained with the written word in comparison to a physical demonstration

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Amazon Rating: 4.4 stars – 80% of the 5 reviews are a 4 or 5 stars

My rating: 2 stars

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding

by Vanessa Van Edwards

I know I will probably be in the minority—again—but I did not care for this book. I much preferred another book on a similar subject named The Like Switch.

I found this book boring although some of the information is interesting.

Buy Captivate

Amazon Rating: 4.7 stars – 91% of the reviews out of 406 were a 4 or 5 star

My rating: 3 stars

Heart Intelligence: Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart 

by Doc Childre, Howard Martin, Deborah Rozman, and Rollin McCraty 

As much as I loved the book The Heartmath Solution by Doc Childre, I was not that enthralled by Heart Intelligence.

This book has some great info but I perceived it was Heartmath warmed over.

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Amazon Review: 4.5 stars out of 74 reviews – 87% 4 and 5 stars

My review: 3 stars

Fiction Books I Read in January 2019

When A Secret Kills [Deadly Reunions Book #3]

by Lynette Eason

This book was entertaining. I enjoyed it.

Summary from Amazon: Investigative reporter Jillian Carter knows it’s time to put the past to rest. She’s tired of looking over her shoulder, letting a killer go free. She’s no longer the scared kid who changed her name and disappeared. Now, no matter what the cost, Jillian must do what she is trained to do–ferret out the truth and expose it. Senator Frank Hoffman committed murder ten years ago–and Jillian watched it happen.

Didn’t she?

Not even the enigmatic and attractive Colton Brady, her ex-boyfriend and nephew of the killer, will be able to make her leave this alone. Get ready for the spine-tingling, nail-biting conclusion to an explosive series.

Buy When A Secret Kills

Rating: 4.8 stars on Amazon – 98% a 4 or 5 star from 307 reviews

My rating: 4

The Prophet

by Kahlil Gibran

I wanted to read this book because I had heard so many great things about it. I was a tad disapointed.

There is a lot of old English and it is very poetic which I find hard to read and therefore hard to understand. It took too much careful attention for me to fully enjoy it. My conclusion: I don’t care for poetry.

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Rating: 4.6 stars on Amazon – 91% 5 and 4 stars

My rating: 3

The False Prince [The Ascendance Trilogy, #1]

by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I am usually not a fan of Fantasy. However, I fell in love with this book and its main character, Sage. I can’t wait to read the second one.


Amazon Summry:

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together. 

Buy The False Prince

Amazon Rating: 4.7 stars out of 830 reviews – 94% a 4 and 5 stars

My rating: 5 stars

Deadly Legacy: The Inheritance [Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations]

by Margaret Daley

This novella was entertaining but too predictable to be really fun.

Amazon Summary:

Down on her luck, single mom, Lacey St. John, believes her life has finally changed for the better when she receives an inheritance from a wealthy stranger. Her ancestral home she’d thought forever lost has been transformed into a lucrative bed and breakfast guaranteed to bring much-needed financial security. Her happiness is complete until strange happenings erode her sense of well being. When her life is threatened, she turns to neighbor, Sheriff Ryan McNeil, for help. He promises to solve the mystery of who’s ruining her newfound peace of mind, but when her troubles escalate to the point that her every move leads to danger, she’s unsure who to trust. Is the strong, capable neighbor she’s falling for as amazing as he seems? Or could he be the man who wants her dead?

Buy The Inheritance

Amazon Reviews: 4.4 stars out of 32 reviews – 91% 4 and 5 stars

My Review: 3 stars

Bodyguard for Christmas(

by Carol J. Post

An entertaining read although not a favorite.

Amazon Summary:

Someone’s after his little boy. 

She has one chance to save them both.

When his young son is nearly kidnapped, assistant district attorney Colton Gale needs a Christmas refuge—and a live-in bodyguard. Though former military police officer Jasmine McNeal fights to shield them 24/7, she refuses to get attached. But growing close to the little boy and his father might be her only shot at keeping them alive—and becoming a family beyond the holidays.

Amazon rating: 4.9 starts – 100% a 4 or 5 star review out of 39

My rating: 3.5 stars

Literarily For Keeps (Book Nerds and Boyfriends Collection #2)

by Sarah Monzon

Usually, romance is NOT my favorite genre. I like a bit more mystery and action. I was therefore pleasantly surprised by this novella which I found delightful.

Amazon Summary:

She only has to pretend to be married for five days. What’s the worst that could happen? 

Literature professor Ashleigh Darmody never imagined her life would turn into a classic trope, but that’s exactly what happens when her sister Claire calls with a bizarre request–quickly find a fake husband. Backstory is a powerful thing, and Ashleigh’s has plenty of shadows, but is her past so shady that it requires an elaborate scheme to ensure Claire’s prospective father-in-law, renowned TV evangelist Ken Abrams, will give her his blessing to marry his son?
Already divorced from a man who turned out to be other than he claimed, Ashleigh now has to pretend to be blissfully married to a stranger for the next five days. But when the lines of fiction and reality blur with each tick of the clock, could a temporary deal turn into something for keeps?

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Amazon rating: 89% of the 55 reviews are a 4 or 5 stars

My rating: 4 stars


Bookishly Ever After (Book Nerds and Boyfriends Collection #1)

by Sarah Monzon

I enjoyed the second book so much, I decided to read the first one. I liked it even better. Very cute.

Amazon Summary:

It all started with a bet and a book.

Emory Blake is the ultimate bibliophile. She’d take curling up with a good novel over a night on the town any day of the week. But then best friend Tate Woodby accuses her of living between the pages of her paperbacks instead of the real world, and makes a bet that will force her to experience the adventures of her fictional friends…instead of just reading about them. With her face no longer buried in books, Emory must confront the pain of the past. But is it also her perfect opportunity to discover the hunky hero who could be the happily-ever-after of her own story?

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Amazon rating: 4.7 stars – 91% of the 55 reviews are a 4 or 5 star

My rating: 5 stars

Final Resort (Treasure Seekers #3)

by Dana Mentink 

I did not care for this book. It was not fast paced enough for me.

Amazon Summary:

Ava Stanton has no need for love or tales of hidden treasure—until her uncle is kidnapped at her family’s ski resort. Now she needs help from professional treasure hunter Luca Gage…the man she’d tried to forget. Signs point to a fortune hidden in the mountain, and Ava and Luca need to find her uncle before his assailant finds them. As their search for treasure draws them closer together, Ava must decide how long she’ll run from love. She doesn’t have much time, because something is buried under Whisper Mountain—and someone is willing to do anything to get to it.

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Amazon rating: 4.5 stars – 95% of the 21 reviews are a 4 or 5 star

My rating: 2 stars

Novelly Upon a Time (Book Nerds and Boyfriends Collection #3)

by Sarah Monzon

Entertaining novella. I enjoyed it very much. Lighthearted.

Amazon Summary:

Author Harper Jones prides herself on the impeccable research she does for her novels, so when early reviews come pouring in claiming her romance reeks of inauthenticity, her editor suggests pulling her nose out of her books and getting some real-life smooching experience. But her plans to do just that are thwarted by her archnemesis from high school who has recently returned to town. Now she’s left with an impossible decision—kiss her worst enemy or kiss her three-book contract goodbye.

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Amazon Rating: 4.6 stars out of 34 review – 100% 4 and 5 star reviews.

My review: 4.5 stars

The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 2)

by Jennifer A. Nielsen 

The second book in The Ascendance Trilogy young adult series. I really like the main character Jaron, probably because he is a bit smart Alecky.

I preferred the first book in the series, although this one was also quite entertaining.

Amazon Summary:

A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive?

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King.

Buy Runaway King

Amazon Rating: 4.7 stars out of 512 reviews – 96% 4 or 5 star reviews

My rating: 5 stars

The Esther Paradigm Paperback 

by Sarah Monzon  

My favorite genre is not romance. However, I really enjoyed this book steeped into the bedouin lifestyle.

Amazon Summary:

The daughter of missionaries, Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan with whom she spent her childhood. After completing her education in the United States, she returns to the desert to pursue that dream—only to learn her parents have been receiving threats from within the community they serve. As the danger escalates, Hannah must decide how far she’ll go to stay faithful to a calling that could cost her everything. As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravages the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, some of his people believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep Hannah and her parents safe—even if the only solution is to be found within marriage vows. In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, where Christianity is outlawed and foreigners suspect, will Karim and Hannah’s union heal wounds . . . or inflict a final, fatal blow? Old Testament history meets Twenty-first Century tensions in this compassionate, tender inspirational romance.

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Amazon Rating: 4.8 stars out of 113 reviews – 99% 4 or 5 stars

My rating: 5 stars

Your Son Is Alive

by James Scott Bell

I good read. Suspenful.

Amazon Summary:

Fifteen years ago their son was taken. Now somebody says they can have him back.

Dylan and Erin Reeve have lived with a gaping emotional wound ever since their five-year-old son, Kyle, was kidnapped in broad daylight.

Though the shadow of their loss hangs heavy, Dylan and Erin have managed to get on with their lives, even finding bits of happiness along the way.

And never found.

Until one night when a crayon-scrawled note is slipped under Dylan Reeve’s door.

All it says is, Your son is alive.

Could it be true?

Or is it a sick game played by somebody out for money? Or something else?

But what?

And why now?

As clues begin to emerge—both agonizing and expectant in their implications—Dylan and Erin Reeve know they have to play this out to the end. Because it’s their last chance—and their only hope—to find the son they lost all those years ago.

You‘ll be blown away by this domestic thriller with twists and turns and the beating heart of parental love.

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Amazon rating: 4.5 stars out of 188 reviews – 89% 4 and 5 stars

My rating: 4 stars

On the Lookout

by Christy Barritt

Another spin-off from the Lantern Beach Series.

An exciting and fun beginning! Can’t wait for the second book—sometimes in February.

Amazon Summary:

Cassidy and Ty are back in an all-new Lantern Beach series that will leave readers wanting more . . .

A runaway woman. A dead body. A mysterious compound. 

When Cassidy Chambers accepted the job as police chief on Lantern Beach, she knew the island had its secrets. But a suspicious death with potentially far-reaching implications will test all her skills—and threaten to reveal her true identity. 

Cassidy enlists the help of her husband, former Navy SEAL Ty Chambers. As they dig for answers, both uncover parts of their pasts that are best left buried. Not everything is as it seems, and they must figure out if their John Doe is connected to the secretive group that has moved onto the island.

As facts materialize, danger on the island grows. Can Cassidy and Ty discover the truth about the shadowy crimes in their cozy community? Or has darkness permanently invaded their beloved Lantern Beach?

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Amazon reviews: 4.5 stars out of 33 reviews – 91% 4 or 5 stars

My rating: 4 stars

French Comics

I know these comics are not politically correct. Nevertheless, I enjoyed them as a child. My brother had the entire collection—in French of course. Please keep in mind, these were written decades ago.

I enjoyed rereading them.

The Secret of the Unicorn (Tintin, #11)

by Hergé

The first in a serie of two (see below).

Brought back a lot of memories.

Buy The Secret of the Unicorn

Red Rackham’s Treasure (Tintin, #12) 

by Hergé

Red Rackham’s Treasure is the follow up to the book above. My boys really enjoyed it and I enjoyed reading it to them.

The movie was mostly made from these two instalments of the Tintin books.

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The Castafiore Emerald (Tintin, #21) 

by Hergé

One of my boys received this book for his 16th birthday and he was really happy with it.

I, on the other hand, enjoyed reminiscing about my childhood and thinking about my brother who loved the Tintin books.

Buy The Castafiore Emerald

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