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”
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?