what i read : january 2016

January 29, 2016

what i read january 2016

Love Walked In by Maris de los Santos – I read this for postal book club, and it was a super sweet story. It totally lifted my spirits. There were some definite eye-rolly descriptions of characters that kept coming up but, I still really liked it. (4 stars)

Wild in the Hollow by Amber C. Haines – I’ve been following Amber for a long time because I met her way back when I was in high school. I had heard that her first book was excellent and I finally got it from the library. Well, it was. It’s a short memoir of her life and how she was pursued by God despite all her brokenness. It was like poetry and also like going to therapy. Amber and I have very different personalities, but underneath where it matters we are the same. As I read, I cried and I felt loved by God and hope for this life. (5 stars)

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick – The best thing about this book was the thought experiment of what the world would be like if WW2 had turned out differently. There were some aspects I really appreciated, like the language and how it kept me thinking. There was also a subtle theme of finding meaning and joy in the small things, of trying to make what difference you can, even if the greater world seems to be falling apart or destined for destruction and I definitely responded to that. Overall, though, I don’t think the author picked a strong story to carry his world. It just wasn’t interesting enough and the characters weren’t great, so I didn’t love it. I do, however, recommend it for book club reading because I think there will be a lot to talk about. And since it’s now a mini-series, if you’re interested in the idea you might just want to watch that instead. (2 stars)

Right now I’m in the middle of the abridged version of Les Miserables (I had very mixed feelings about going with the abridged, but ultimately decided it’s best for me right now) and also listening to The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. What good books did you read this month?

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Comments on what i read : january 2016

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    From Holly:

    I put “Wild in the Hollow” on hold at the library but I’m #17 on the list so it might take awhile to get to me! I’ve been reading the Anne of Green Gables series … my husband bought it for me for Christmas. I’ve seen all the movies multiple times, vacationed on PEI and visited Green Gables every summer when I was a kid – but had never read the books! I’m only on the second one (there are 7) but they’re fantastic!

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    From Stephany:

    I loved Love Walked In, too! I had abandoned it years prior (probably due to the eye-rolly descriptions you mentioned, ha!), but I’m glad I gave it another shot.

    I reread the first Harry Potter book in January and I think that was my favorite reading experience of the month. That book completely transports me to another place and I felt so happy reading it!

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    From Nora:

    Truthfully I didn’t have any books that I LOVED in January. I wanted very much to like “This is your Life, Harriet Chance!” but it fell short for me and wound up being very depressing. If I had to pick one, I’d say “Be Frank with Me,” which is a book that I just read and will be reviewing on my blog this Wednesday. It was charming and different.

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