Sunday, February 2, 2014

January Reads

Last fall I began capturing the books that I read as a part of the reading challenge I did with Megan over at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. I always read so many books that I know others would enjoy and there are always a few that I want to share more about to give people a good sense of what they're getting into before picking it up to read.

I had an ambitious challenge of reading 52 books last year, and ended up with a total of 29 which was still not too shabby. This year I went with a more realistic goal of 35 books and I'm already on track, hopefully I'll be able to reach it. One thing I'm weaving into this list is to try and read a handful of books that are coming out as movies over the next year since I'm always kicking myself in the butt for not reading them first. Here's the list I'm working off of if you'd like to check it out.

Since January began with getting sick and simultaneously getting addicted to Scandal I only got through three books this past month. The first was Big Cherry Holler which is a follow up to Big Stone Gap which I read in the fall. Some people have gone crazy over this series, and while I wasn't dying to see what happened next to Ave Maria, the main character, I was still decently intrigued to continue the story. I think that I may have liked this one better than the first as I feel the story became richer. This series is definitely worth a read, I'm now working on the final installment.

I can't quite remember how I came across More Baths Less Talking. Maybe I randomly saw it on Good Reads and thought the title and cover were cool? It's important to understand that this book is a compilation of a monthly column that Nick Hornby writes in the UK where he shares the books he both purchased and read that month. It's no novel, and there's no story, but some of the columns are pretty hilarious. Others, not so much. One thing I loved was that I got so many great book recommendations from reading his reviews. I made sure to highlight them all on my Nook as I read and then at the end I added them all to my to-read list on Good Reads.

While I didn't think it was going to happen, I managed to squeeze one more book into the last few days of January. Labor Day is one of the books turning into a movie that I wanted to read before seeing it on the big screen this year. I saw the movie previews before ever hearing about the book and was intrigued about this story of an escaped criminal that takes up residence with an odd mother and son pair living in the New England on the Thursday before Labor Day. I'd have to say it was a bit slow to start, but the back story on the mother and son were important for setting up the rest of the book. It wasn't hands down phenomenal but I thought it was a good story and I was pleased with the ending.

Hope that your reading is off to a good start this year as well. Did you read anything great during January you'd like to share? I'm always looking for a good book recommendation to add to my list. Stay tuned for monthly reading recaps this year, maybe I'll get crazy and make it to four books in February!

1 comment:

Megan C. Stroup said...

I didn't reach my goodreads goal either, but I read a lot of books I really liked, so that was awesome! I'm almost done with My Name is Memory now. Sooooo good! You should definitely add it to you reading list. :)