The 5 Books I Finished in January

Linking up with Anne Bogel’s Quick Lit

I started off the month of January by finishing a deep, uplifting theological book about the Trinity (as in, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). And then I did a 180 and read three fast-paced thrillers. Looking back, it was a mildly intellectual reading month. Without further ado, here are the five books I finished in January.

The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr

My Thoughts: Richard Rohr explains the unending grace and mercy of God like no other person I’ve encountered. Reading his books feels like opening the shade and letting the light shine in. Rohr’s latest book explores the Trinity and the flow – or dance – that is God. It may challenge you to stretch your thinking beyond the comfort zone. That’s not such a bad thing.

Length: 224 pages

When I Read It: December 26, 2016-January 1, 2017

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Received a hard copy for Christmas; read it the old-fashioned way.

Memorable Quote: “Human strength is defined in asserting boundaries. God, it seems, is in the business of dissolving boundaries. So we enter into paradox—what’s Three is one and what’s One is three. We just can’t resolve that, and so we confuse unity with uniformity.”


I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

My Thoughts: I picked up this book from my library’s Staff Recommendations shelf because I was looking for something light, fast-paced, and intriguing. Well, it was light and medium-paced, but it didn’t deliver much to me on the intriguing front. The story follows a woman’s reconnection with a man who kidnapped her when she was a teenager. I was intrigued by the idea, but, for me, the story lacked the twists and turns of a top-notch thriller.

Length: 373 pages

When I Read It: December 25-January 5, 2017

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Picked it up off the Staff Recommendations shelf at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.


The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey of Self Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

My Thoughts: This approachable guide to the Enneagram, a personality typing system that has been used for centuries, is an engaging, helpful read. As you move through Cron’s character descriptions, you’ll find yourself chuckling at how spot-on some of the descriptions are, and you’ll probably come across a few people you know and maybe even – gasp – yourself. I’m a type 1 with a strong 9 wing. If that sounds like gobbledygook, you should probably read the book.

Length: 238 pages

When I Read It: January 5-9, 2017

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


Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

My Thoughts: This is the top-notch thriller I was craving. Paris’s debut novel is a tightly woven, fast-paced book that’s all about the plot: the story of the marriage between Grace and Jack, which is, to describe it without any spoilers, unusual. This is not classic literature, but it IS a five-star thriller that you won’t want to put down.

Length: 304 pages

When I Read It: January 9-12, 2017

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


All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

My Thoughts: In this suspenseful story about the disappearance of two women, the chapters flow backwards from Day 15 to Day 1 after the disappearance of Annaleise Carter. Throughout the book, we also learn the truth about what happened in the disappearance of a girl ten years earlier. When I first started reading, I was completely intrigued, but my interest petered out in the middle. I had trouble keeping the details straight in the backwards format, which may have been part of the plot device, but it annoyed me. And while I’m at it, another thing that annoyed me was the title. There are “only” two missing girls in this book, so referring to “All the Missing Girls” is just plain hyperbole. I know others have loved this book, and it’s definitely worth a read, but it wasn’t my favorite.

Length: 384 pages

When I Read It: January 17-23, 2017

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


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