There is no better way to pass January than with a good book. Thank goodness for libraries and reading challenges that keep me busy during the cold, winter months when leaving the house often seems like cruel and unusual punishment. From magical, historical adventures to no-nonsense self-help, here’s a look at what I’ve been reading lately…
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She Regrets Nothing: A Novel by Andrea Dunlop*
The BookSparks Winter Reading Challenge is in full swing, and I was excited to receive this book for review. Don’t let the Millennial Pink cover fool you into thinking that this is a lighthearted story. The novel follows a family of New York elites and their social climbing cousin, who wants the inheritance that was denied to her. The family saga is full of drama, and the last 60 pages were not what I was expecting.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Full of creative inspiration, Big Magic felt like an in depth version of a talk I heard Elizabeth Gilbert give a few years ago. There’s nothing groundbreaking here, but there’s tons of positive reinforcement for living a creative life.
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
If Jane Austen’s novels collided with the magical world of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, you’d get Shades of Milk and Honey. I really liked this magical, Regency world, but the characters felt a little flat to me.
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
After seeing the movie, I knew I had to read the book. Bathsheba Everdene is a piece of work, but you can’t help rooting for her.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
This month’s #mmdbookclub pick is just right for the beginning of the year. While at times this felt like a privileged man patting himself on the back for having his life together, reading this got me thinking about cutting out the shallow work in my life and focusing on the deep. It’s not always easy to tell the difference when you’re busy.
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans
I didn’t agree with everything in this book, but reading this was incredibly thought provoking. The world could use more love and grace.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
This YA time traveling novel was a little slow in parts but left me wanting to know what happens next, so I plan on continuing the series.
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl
I can’t resist a book with recipes, and Tender at the Bone has the additional benefit of wonderful writing. But, it’s impossible to read this memoir and not get hungry.
Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren
I crave non-fiction in January, and Liturgy of the Ordinary gave me a lot to think about. It’s so easy to take the everyday for granted, but we live our lives in those small moments.
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
From artists to writers, this small book gives a bite sized look at the daily rituals of some extraordinary people. This was the #mmdbookclub flight pick for January, and it made me think about my own daily rituals.
In another life, I am certain I would have been a wedding or party planner. However, I am way too opinionated to make that job work in this life. So, I content myself with flipping through beautiful books like this one, which Blogging for Books sent to me to review. The Knot Yours Truly is filled with gorgeous pictures that will inspire your wedding plans or else make you sad that you got married before you could read this book. There are, also, a few DIY projects at the back of the book. The breakfast-to-go-basket looks really cute, but the macramé dog leash really isn’t my thing.
*These books were sent to me to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
What have you been reading lately?
P.S. If you liked this post, you might, also, enjoy my Favorite Books of 2017!