What I Read: January 2016

I don’t have a reading goal for 2016 other than to just keeping reading.  I doubt I will get to 100 books again, but then again, I never thought I would last year either.  Somehow I ended up reading seven books this month!

  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) – I read this at the recommendation of the “All the Books” podcast. I guess Atwood is a legend and this is the book they suggested as a starting point.  This is an interesting take on a dystopian society (written over twenty years ago) but I’m not sure I want to read anymore of her work.
  • Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing (Jamie Holmes) – a very enjoyable and informative read.  I posted a review a few days ago.
  • Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection (Edward T. Welch) – last year I read Welch’s book about depression and found it helpful.  This book blows the other one away.  Powerful stuff.  Best book I read this month and one of my all-time favorites.  I highly recommend this to everyone.
  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Alan Bradley) – I’m not sure I like the new arc Bradley has chosen in the Flavia series, but I love her character so much I will read the next book when it is released.
  • From Fear to Freedom: Living as Sons and Daughters of God (Rose Marie Miller) – didn’t love it, didn’t hate it.  I certainly learned from it, but for a relatively short book it felt like it dragged on.
  • The Lake House (Kate Morton) – This is my favorite fiction book I read this month.  It is a mystery that flips back and forth between past and present.  Morton keeps you in suspense until the end.  **Not a gory book…suspense without any horror or violence**
  • Fates & Furies (Lauren Groff) – I did not like this book.  It’s received mostly positive reviews but overall the storyline left me feeling dirty and gross.  I did like the way she divided the book into two parts, and told essentially the same story through the eyes of two people.

So there you have it.  I can’t wait to share more books with you in a month!

One thought on “What I Read: January 2016

  1. I love reading others’ thoughts on books. I saw the back cover copy for FATES AND FURIES and knew it wasn’t for me. I need to try Atwood, though – she’s practically required reading (if you like sci-fi and care about reading women writers, that is).

    Do you follow any book blogs? That’s how I weed out some of the “questionable” books before I even get to them. Life’s too short, you know?


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