What I Read This Month: January 2018

By some miracle, I read four books this month. It wasn’t all that hard, but I made time to read, made it happen, and occasionally, forced myself to read. I found that I like reading physical copies of books that are fiction, and listening to self-help, and when I deviate from that, I end up frustrated. But anyway, here are some mini reviews of what I read this month:


Week 1: You Will Miss Me When I’m Gone, by Rachel Lynn Solomon– This book is about twin sisters whose mother is diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, and the two girls take a genetics test to determine which one has it. Tovah and Adina aren’t typical sisters, they are spiteful, mean spirited, and occasionally down right unpleasant…and I loved every minute of it. It fully captured sibling relationships, female anger and betrayal. The writing was beautiful, the characters dazzling and real, and the portrayal of the girl’s emotions felt real. This was the first book I read this year, and honestly, it might be the best book I’ve ever read.
Week 2: You Do You, by Sarah Knight– I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. Sarah Knight writes the expletive driven self help that I love, that literally changed my life, but this book felt phoned in and re-hashed. If you are having an identity crisis and haven’t read her other two books, I say go for it, but otherwise, skip it.
Week 3: Loving My Actual Life, by Alexandra Kuykendall– I’m going to be honest, I grabbed this book on Hoopla (the free library app from my county) without looking much into it and was well over half way into it before I had enough. But it was the end of the week, and I needed to get a book in, so I listened to it all the way. This book is about a beleaguered mother of 4 who feels like her life is out of control, so she embarks on getting it together. Honestly, I have read much better versions of this book, and can recommend a couple, but if you want your self help infused with Jesus, this book is for you.
Week 4: The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli– I started reading Albertalli’s other book, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, in anticipation of the upcoming movie, via audiobook. I read fiction, especially young adult fiction, quickly, and the seven-hour time commitment to listening to Simon just wasn’t going to do. I had this one as a physical copy, so figured I’d plow through it and just buy the other book. And I liked this book. I think reading two books about Jewish twins back to back made it hard to love this book. And I think Simon, from what I got through, is going to be better. Ultimately, I am glad I read this book, even if it wasn’t the best book I read this month. If I were using GoodReads, this would get 4 stars.
I am so surprised I was able to read as much as I did this month. So, question for my readers: What did you read this month? What was the best thing you read this month? Let me know in a comment below.
-M

 

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