January Reading Review
In an effort to share my reading life more in 2019 and read 52 books in 52 weeks, I’ve decided to put pen to paper and share the four books that I read in January. With these four books read, I’m on track to reach my goal.
More importantly, I found my reading life to be incredibly enjoyable in January 2019. For the most part, I read whatever suited my fancy (or whatever was available to be downloaded to my Kindle Oasis). What four books made the cut? Read on.
What I read in January 2019
Why I read it? The first book I read in 2019 illustrates my reading philosophy well. Read what you have and read whatever you want to.
Hey Ladies! is not literary or high brow. It’s not sophisticated. You probably wouldn’t read it at book club. Hey Ladies! was available on Libby immediately and it was easy and fun. It was something I just plain wanted to read.
Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss team up to write this story of 8 friends and an email chain.
“All of my close friends and family drive me at least 70% crazy, but in the end it’s completely worth it.” – Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss
What did you think of it? I usually hate books written through letters or emails, but this one felt like reading the sassiest email chain in my inbox in a great way. I laughed out loud but yes, I rolled my eyes a few times too.
Where will it make you want to travel? New York City.
Why I read it? Honestly, the cover captivated me. Then, I realized that each chapter is written by a different author about a different couple meeting for the first time. I can’t get enough of “how we met” stories, so this book seemed up my alley.
“All love ends,” she says.
“Maybe,” I say. “But it has to start somewhere.”
― Nicola Yoon
This anthology of how people meet is by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepherd, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi and Julie Murphy.
Why I read it? It’s been a book I’ve wanted to read for a very long time. I had heard it discussed as a book every traveler should read and even considered putting it on my list of books to read before long-term traveling. Spoiler alert: I didn’t read it before I left.
What did I think of it? It was very different than I expected. I expected some deeply philosophical cult classic about what it means to be on the move, living a life outside of the status quo. It was that book, but the delivery was much funnier and more flippant than I expected.
“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.” – Douglas Adams
Where will it make you want to travel? The moon or the nearest British pub.
Why I read it? I was in the mood for travel writing. On Island Time: Kayaking in the Caribbean was included in Amazon Prime Reading this month so I couldn’t go wrong. The synopsis hooked me. The author, Scott Williams, sets out to paddle from Mississippi to South America in nothing but a sea kayak. What happens next is this book.
“Because I now had no possessions that were not with me in the kayak, I had no keys to any locks. Not a car key, a house key, or an office key. I viewed keys as a sign of responsibility, and a definite impediment to the freedom I was seeking. I could find this freedom only in a sea kayak.” – Scott B. Williams
What did I think of it? This is the kind of book that makes me want to live a life worthy of writing my own. Is it the best writing ever? No. Is it a captivating story about a man living life on his own terms? Sure is.
Where will it make you want to travel? A deserted island in the Caribbean.
What I hope to read in February 2019
I have a feeling that February is going to be a good reading month for me.
I’d also like to read a classic this month. Perhaps I’ll start with The Hobbit as I’m spending this month completely in New Zealand where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed (although I’ve yet to see them).
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