Every month I plan on reviewing what books I read on the blog. This will hold me accountable and help me remember what books I read this year. I also keep a list in my bullet journal, and I try to use my new Goodreads account, but I haven’t been able to get into the rhythm of logging on every time I finish a book. I am slowly adding books in my back log to Goodreads. I’m also going to create a page with my back long of books to Track what I have read over the years. It will take some time, but I am excited to have this log of books. I have an excel spreadsheet (nerd alert) of some books I have read over the years. I’m excite to take that information and put it to good use.
January was a good month for my reading. Good news is, I have a jump start on my goal for the year. Bad news is I took a week off blogging to read. I’m getting better at planning my post and writing what I can ahead of time. Now, it’s time for what I read in the month of January.
January 2017 read list
Crooked Kingdom – YA
Set in the fictional port city of Ketterdam, 6 miscreants have pulled off an unthinkable heist. Now they have to survive the aftermath. This is the second book in the series with the first being Six of Crows. I suggest reading both of these books, especially if you are a fan of YA.
Leaving Berlin – Historical Fiction
In Leaving Berlin, the reader follows Alex Meier as he returns to Berlin after WWII. Alex is a Jewish author who fled Berlin for America years earlier. From the very beginning of the blacklist to the divided streets of Berlin, the reader will get a taste of the recovery from WWII. As someone who loves novels set during WWI and WWII, this helped to open my eyes to literature set during the years after the war.
The Professor and the Mad Man: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary – Nonfiction
The title and tagline of this short book speaks for itself. I had no idea I would find the Oxford English Dictionary so interesting. I remember seeing dictionaries as a child, but I never thought about where the dictionary came from. This book will tell you how a mad mad and a professor combined their strengths to bring us the Oxford English Dictionary.
City on Fire – Fiction
City on Fire follows the heirs to the Hamilton-Sweeney fortune and the people who surround them throughout 1976 and 1977 with flashbacks to the 1960’s and fast forwarding to many years later. At 900 pages, this book is not for the faint of heart. However, it is worth the read. I listened to this on audio to help speed up the reading process.
The Trespasser – Mystery
Number six in the Dublin Murder Series, Conway and Moran are working on a case that could change their lives and the lives of the entire squad. The question is, do they have a run of the mill domestic on their hands, or is this something more? I suggest reading and finding out. I’ve read four of the six books in the series. So far, The Likeness is as the top of my list, but The Trespasser isn’t far behind.
Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Historical Fiction
This book tells the story of Henry Lee, a Chinese man who has spent his whole life in the Seattle area. His story takes you from the 1940’s where Henry is a young boy dealing with love and loss as the Japanese internment sweeps the area, to 1986 where Henry has become an old man. This book tells a side of WWII that we tend to pass over. It is short read with a good heart behind it.
I’m excited by the progress I’ve made with my goals in January. Can’t wait to share February’s reads in a month.