January Wrap Up

Is it just me or has January been the longest month ever? I finished most of my tbr this month. I had two dnfs. I also finished my first audio book. That brings me to a total of six books this month.

Synopsis:

A stuffy big-city doctor. Three rural folk healers. An unexpected partnership could put lives on the line…

Georgia, 1822. Dr. Aubrey Waycross puts his faith in science, not superstition. So when he moves to a remote mountain town, he’s dismayed to see the townsfolk reject his scientific blood-letting methods in favor of potions and witchcraft. And with a rabid panther stalking the area, he’s running out of time to convince the citizens of the error of their ways.

Confronting the trio of spell-peddling sisters, he’s stunned to find their herbal remedies may contain the missing ingredient he needs for a cure. But with the local pastor hellbent on driving them out and the youngest sister unwilling to share her mysterious abilities, he worries he could lose the sick to madness and death.

Can Dr. Waycross discover the right combination of science and sorcery to save the townspeople?

The Winter Sisters is a spellbinding frontier-America historical fantasy. If you like unique twists on history, complex characters, and a touch of enchantment, then you’ll love Tim Westover’s richly woven tale.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My review: https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/01/08/the-winter-sisters-by-tim-westover-review/

Synopsis:

A vandal who leaves a red feather at the scene of his crimes has been striking at Camp Nightwing, and when a counselor is found dead, junior counselor Holly Flynn is determined to solve the mystery.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Review: https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/01/22/lights-out-by-r-l-stine-review-and-modern-mrs-darcy-challenge-check-in/

Synopsis:

Be careful of the dark, dark wood…

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Review: https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/01/13/winterwood-by-shea-ernshaw-review/

Synopsis:

West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother’s bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara’s fate, she discovers that she’s not the only person who’s desperately looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Review: https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/01/24/the-winter-people-by-jennifer-mcmahon-review/

Synopsis:

Three university students get tangled up in a mystery murder. However, they realize that they’ll have to open their minds to the supernatural to solve this case. Soon, they find themselves dragged into a magic world of fantastic creatures, gods, demons and immortals, that will change their lives forever.
Join them in their thrilling adventure to uncover ancient secrets!

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Review: I have not done a full review on this one but I really enjoyed it. I was gifted a copy in exchange for my honest review. It was a fun graphic novel that introduced me to Sumerian mythology.

Audio Book

Synopsis:

Jane Eyre (originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography) is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë. It was published on 16 October 1847 by Smith, Elder & Co. of London, England, under the pen name “Currer Bell.” The first American edition was released the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York. Primarily of the bildungsroman genre, Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its title character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. In its internalisation of the action — the focus is on the gradual unfolding of Jane’s moral and spiritual sensibility and all the events are coloured by a heightened intensity that was previously the domain of poetry — Jane Eyre revolutionised the art of fiction. Charlotte Brontë has been called the ‘first historian of the private consciousness’ and the literary ancestor of writers like Joyce and Proust. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, but is nonetheless a novel many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel’s exploration of classism, sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Review: My goal this month was to read more genres outside of my comfort zone. This is for sure outside of it but I had such a fun time listening to it.

DNFS

The Starless Sea

I am shocked by this. I was halfway through and lost interest. However, I was sick so I am going to give it another chance when I am feeling better.

Nevernight

I had the same problem with this one. I was not feeling well when I picked it up so I will try again later.

So that was my lengthy monthly wrap up. I read a lot of good books this month. I hope it continues on with the rest of my reading year.