What I’ve Been Reading | January 2020 Bullet Reviews

Hello out there and welcome back to my hodgepodge blog!

Since I decided to start blogging again, I brainstormed some things I’d like to share with you guys. As a sort-of book blogger, the first thing that came to mind: reviews.


I think I speak for a lot of bloggers when I say that writing book reviews is the bane of our existence. I really admire those dedicated bloggers who write these long, beautiful reviews of every book they read…but that just ain’t me, babe.

Instead, I’ve decided to stick to bullet reviews (for which I’m indebted to the amazing Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books for the idea). Instead of trying to write whole paragraphs or even whole sentences, I’m going to break down the biggest takeaways from each book I read in 2020–including the ones I’ve read prior to this posting. Hopefully this way I can share some of my bookish thoughts without being overwhelmed by reviewing everything in full.

So, without further ado, here are the books I read in January 2020!

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Orange Is the New Black but without the comic relief
  • reveals how America’s prison system wastes lives for seemingly no reason
  • uncomfortably depressing to read, but an important story nonetheless
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • enemies-to-lovers m/m romance feat. the fictional First Son & British prince
  • definitely lives up to the hype!!
  • will (at least temporarily) heal your soul from the horrors of living in Trump’s America
Dominicana by Angie Cruz – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • amazing Dominican immigration rep set in the 1960s
  • harsh examination of the American Dream & the toll it takes
  • sparse writing style wasn’t really my absolute favorite
  • recommended for anyone interested in exploring immigrant experiences through stories
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • YA fantasy with a cast of complex characters who become a family
  • I don’t know why I waited so long to read this
  • not my typical read, but I got sucked into wanting to know more about the world & the characters

Have you read any of these books? What’s your favorite book you’ve read that’s outside your typical genre? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Author: christine @ lady gets lit

writer // barista // education grad student // depression warrior // nasty woman who reads

5 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading | January 2020 Bullet Reviews”

    1. I wasn’t sure I’d like Six of Crows either, but I’m definitely glad I gave it a try. I’m interested to know more about the world, because I had a lot of questions that came up while reading from trying to keep track of everything. I’m glad you liked the second book though, since it’s on my TBR for sure. I do worry that I’ll have forgotten a lot of things before I start it though!

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  1. Ah I’m so happy you’re doing these little reviews, I love seeing what you’ve been reading lately ❤ So happy you enjoyed Red, White and Royal Blue, it's such a wholesome, heartwarming read and it made me laugh SO much as well 🙂 ❤

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    1. Writing short little reviews is so much less stressful! I feel like before, I spent so much time dreading having to write reviews most of the time. Now the pressure’s off, I’m finding it a lot easier to compile a few thoughts. Soon enough I’ll be all caught up 😅

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