The 7 Books I Finished in January 2016

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This list is inflated; I don’t typically finish seven books in a month! Some of them were carryovers from December, in which I did more celebrating of holidays and birthdays than finishing good books. Without further ado, here are my January reads:

1. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

My Thoughts: I read this book in the wrong stage of life. While I can appreciate the importance of doing the right things rather than all the things, I’m not doing all the things at the moment; I spend most of my time taking care of my kids. I’m glad I read the book and think it would be a great tool for professional development in the workplace. I might read it again someday if I find myself juggling a wider variety of responsibilities.

Page Count: 260

When I Read It: December 19, 2016-January 3, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold at the local library/read it the old-fashioned way.

Favorite Quote: N/A

2. Columbine by Dave Cullen

My Thoughts: I’m so glad I read this difficult, important book about the tragedy that occurred when I was a senior in high school. Through impressive research and storytelling, Cullen cuts through the myths and gets to the heart of what really happened at Columbine – before, during, and after the massacre.

Page Count: 417 (including many notes in the back, which I didn’t read closely)

When I Read It: December 5, 2015-January 6, 2015

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold at the local library/read it the old-fashioned way.

Favorite Quote: N/A

goodreads simply tuesday3. Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily P. Freeman

My Thoughts: I LOVED this book. It was such an encouraging read at the start of the new year. Although I knew of Emily’s work in the blogosphere, I’d never really followed her and had no idea what to expect. She’s a beautiful writer, and this book is a gentle-yet-firm reminder of the importance of our ordinary, everyday moments.

Page Count: 256

When I Read It: January 5-9, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Kindle Deals/Read it on the Kindle app on my phone

Favorite Quote: “It isn’t that I don’t believe the small things are important; it’s more that I forget to care about how important they are.”

4. The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed reading this book, which is full of practical tips for squeezing hobbies and “me time” into the busyness of every day.

Page Count: 272

When I Read It: January 11-15, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Kindle Deals/Read it on the Kindle app on my phone

Favorite Quote: “Good enough is not about aiming lower or doing less or slacking off. It’s about knowing that what’s good enough for one woman isn’t necessarily what’s good enough for another. And that if we’re living up to our own standards, there isn’t anything more to want.”

5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

My Thoughts: I was skeptical yet curious about this book because I was not a fan of Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. Big Magic was a pleasant surprise. While the idea of personifying creativity gives me the heebie jeebies, I do appreciate Elizabeth Gilbert’s thoughts on the creative process and encouragement for all people to pursue their creative dreams.

Page Count: 288 (approximately 4 hours of listening at 1.25 speed)

When I Read It: January 13-16, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Signed up for an Audible free trial and picked this book.

Favorite Quote: “Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.”

6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote goodreads in cold blood

My Thoughts: Capote’s account of the murder of the Clutter family and the pursuit, capture, and conviction of the killers is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s a true crime classic.

Page Count: 343

When I Read It: January 9-23, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold through Overdrive and my local library/read the e-book on the Kindle app on my phone.

Favorite Quote: N/A

7. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

My Thoughts: This was my first Liane Moriarty book, and I can already tell you that she’s my new favorite chic-lit author. This suspenseful, touching, amusing book is so well written with great characters. I can’t wait to dive into more of her books.

Page Count: 396

When I Read It: January 23-31, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold through Overdrive and my local library/read the e-book on the Kindle app on my phone.

Favorite Quote: “All these years there had been a Tupperware container of bad language in her head, and now she opened it and all those crisp, crunchy words were fresh and lovely, ready to be used.”

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Six non-fiction books and one novel. I think I’m going to swing the other way in February. Stay tuned. You can friend or follow me on Goodreads for the latest updates.

 

 

10 thoughts on “The 7 Books I Finished in January 2016

  1. My first Liane Moriarty book was Big Little Lies – I don’t often read modern fiction, but really really enjoyed it! The Husband’s Secret and What Alice Forgot are on my TBR list!

  2. I think this is the first time I’ve read you on the link-up. I like how you include a favorite quote from each book–and I LOVE the one from the The Husband’s Secret. I like all of Moriarty’s books–she has been a great find.

  3. The second half of Big Magic did it for me. Worth it for just the “persistence” section alone.

    A friend who’d come to visit left me with her copy of The Husband’s Secret, saying we needed to discuss it afterward. Liane Moriarty’s books are impossible to put down. I love the chatty, light tone up against some pretty heavy stuff.

    • Thanks, Caroline. So glad I got over my hesitation and read Big Magic. And I agree about Liane Moriarty’s tone – she is masterful with the light-heavy mix. I enjoyed your recent podcast with Tsh on The Simple Show! I used to be Editor at a small children’s book publisher, so it was particularly interesting to me.

  4. In Cold Blood is excellent! I really appreciate the way he portrays the killers as real people, not monsters, without ever losing sight of the incredibly awful thing they did.

    I loved What Alice Forgot and have been looking forward to reading more Liane Moriarty soon. thanks for the recommendation!

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