Wednesday, February 12, 2014

January Reading Recap

It's a few days late for the January reading recap, but I have an excuse. I was enjoying the sunshine and warmth in Key West, Fla.

I'm back from vacation though and trying my hardest to avoid the post-vacation mound of laundry, so what better time to do a post on what I read last month, right?

I finished six books in January for a total of 1,639 pages. That's a decent start on my 77 book goal for the year I guess.

Here's what I read in January:

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Driven: From Homeless to Hero, My Journeys On and Off Lambeau Field by Donald Driver
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains by Chuck Klosterman
William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher

Definitely some titles and types of books that don't normally make my reading list.

And now for the brief reviews, complete with number of stars given out on GoodReads. Follow me here if you’d like a more timely update on what I’m reading, what I think and what’s been added to my to-read list.

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally  ***
This was a quick YA read. I've read the other ones in the series and they're not too bad.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell  *****
Looking at my list, this was my favorite read of the month. A guy works in IT at a newspaper and it's his job to read employee email to make sure they're not breaking any rules. In the process, he falls for one of the reporters whose emails he's reading. Great story. Read it if you haven't already.

Driven: From Homeless to Hero, My Journeys On and Off Lambeau Field by Donald Driver  ***
It's a quick read. If you're a Green Bay Packers fan you already know most of Donald Driver's story, so there isn't much breaking news here.

The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom  ****
I like Mitch Albom's stuff. This was an interesting piece. Made you think.

I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains by Chuck Klosterman  ***
It's a series of essays about villains and why they are (or aren't) considered villains. Some of them were interesting. If I attempt another Klosterman book, I don't think I'll read it straight through, may break it up with other non-essay reading.

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher  ***
You definitely don't think reading about Star Wars in the style of Shakespeare. But this was kind of fun. My favorite parts were definitely R2-D2, "Beep, meep, beep squeak." Quick, easy and a pretty enjoyable read, even if you're not a huge Star Wars fan.

So that's January. Just a heads up, February's list will include some pretty mindless, quick and enjoyable reads. I was on vacation after all.

1 comment:

Kim said...

After reading two of Rainbow Rowell's books and reading your review of Attachments, I really want to read it! Time to go to the library. :)