I read four books in January! I accomplished getting through that many by staying off my phone a little more than normal.
Here's what I finished!
The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science that Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry by Bryan Sykes. This was just ok. I really wanted to like it because it's about a topic I can't seem to get enough information on. However, I didn't think it was that well-written and while I don't shy away from academic books, it was not accessible and hence quite boring at times.
Miss Jane by Brad Watson. I kept seeing this title everywhere, so when I found it on the new fiction shelf at the library, I grabbed it on a whim. I knew a little bit about the plot ahead of time and the character's perspective was one that interested me. I also liked that Jane's story was based on the author's Great Aunt's life and set in the South because I rarely pick up fictional stories based in that area of the country. I gave it a four out of five stars because while I considered it well-written, it was a little hard to get through certain parts.
The Spy by Paolo Coelho. This was my first time reading a Coelho book and I had high expectations for the author. For some reason, I could not get into his most famous book, The Alchemist, when I tried to read it about 8 years ago. I was drawn to this novel because I hoped to learn more about famous spy Mata Hari. While the book does give you a good glimpse into her life, I think I would have been better off reading a biography about her instead. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. I just finished this title over the weekend and enjoyed it. Like Miss Jane, Vance's book kept appearing in my life so I took that as a sign to read it! I thought that it would be good for me to understand the perspective of a culture that may have voted for our current President, especially because I did not. Vance's writing was excellent and his story was sad, yet captivating.