January Reads

I want to start a new monthly post about what I have read. I read quite a bit and this is a good place to record it. Here are the books I read in January and a quick star rating (out of 5). I will try to comment on each but I make no promises.

A couple of things you need to know going in –

  • I read with my ears – I love audio books because I can sew, work and do various other tasks while listening to a great book (hopefully).
  • All my links are affiliate links through Amazon (just feel it necessary to inform)
  • I am attempting to fulfill the 2017 Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge – while the # of books isn’t difficult, some of the categories make me cringe. But isn’t that the point, to stretch our desires and make step outside comfort zones?

This was a good book although I had to really push myself past the beginning as it started a little slow. Historical fiction is not my favorite but if it has a strong story line I don’t mind it. This one was good once I got about 1/3 way into it.

I loved this book!! I am so surprised by this too! It is in a genre that I wouldn’t think I would enjoy but it had the 80’s in it (my history), read by Wil Wheaton (whom I know of from Big Bang Theory) and a great story! Really good book….but please don’t ask me to describe it!!!

This is part of the Challenge (see above) – an immigrant story.

Being as I am a Xenophile – even if self proclaimed – I loved this book! Loved it!!! Of course I am a sucker for a good love story!!!!

I am sure this is difficult for some to believe but I am just now getting around to reading Harry Potter. I just never thought I would enjoy it…but I did! I have Book 2 on hold at the library.

I decided on this because it is the book Bernadine of Needle & Foot picked for her Winter Book Share. While I haven’t received the book yet, I decided to read it ahead of time since I read with my ears. I will share more when it is my turn with the book.

This is the first book I have ever read that was written in verse. I wasn’t sure I would like it because I am not big on poetry but it was easy to read, and in my case very easy to listen to. Good book and very much outside my “comfort zone”


I can’t remember how I found this book but my guess is from the library site but I am so glad I did find it!! It was so good!!! It was certainly back in my comfort zone but still a good book! 

When this one was recommended on What Should I Read Next (I don’t remember if the host or one of the guests recommended it) they made it sound interesting but when I first started I was apprehensive. I am so very glad I pushed on! I was so very good!!!! I loved this book!!! One of my favorites this month!!! Difficult to describe but so good!!

I have always been a fan of Roald Dahl and when I seen this book fitting some award on the challenge I knew this one for me. I do enjoy reading Young Adult every now and then so it was fun to do that. The imagination these books require is always fun!

I can’t remember where I heard about this series. And since I know a series usually gets better I decided to push past the first one of 2 stars and I am glad I did. They are certainly getting better. I don’t like murder mysteries that are bloody but these are enjoyable. 

To re-read something was on the Challenge list and since this book is my all time favorite book I knew this had to be the one. I love, love, love this book. This is the book I go to when I am struggling. This is the movie I watch when I need to cover up a cry. I love this book!!! Nicholas Sparks is my all-time favorite author (although I have to say I don’t love all this books).

I am a huge fan of Richard Paul Evans and I seen this one the shelf at Christmas. It took a month to get it from the library…worth the wait! Nice story!

Today is the January 31 (the day I am trying to finish up this post) and I am almost done with this book so I am including it. Like I said, they are getting better. There are 13 books in this series – I should have them done by the end of February or the first of March.

Well, there you have my January reads – 14 books. I have a goal of 200 books for the year. I will need to kick it up a little to reach that goal.

What are you reading? Do you have any recommendations for me? I love to talk books. I would love to be in a book club but there aren’t any in my area – sadness!!!

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3 Comment

  1. Rhonda, I can’t believe how much you read in one month! That is amazing. Right now I am reading The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham. It is pretty good though it is one of those books where they introduce so many characters all at once and I have a hard time keeping track. Do you know what I mean? I am nearing the end though and I can’t predict how it will conclude. To me, that is the sign of a good book!

    Open House is slowly making its way to Montreal. I am hoping it didn’t become lost in the quagmire that is the U.S. Postal System!

  2. Thanks for sharing your books. I have just been able to reserve from the library but others are stocked locally. I love getting book recommendations!
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  3. I enjoyed A Man Called Ove. A grumpy man but somehow pretty lovable too! And Brown Girl Dreaming is such a beautiful, poetic memoir!

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