take 2: books I read in January 2018


I toyed with the idea of not doing a “Books I read” for 2018. But with all the things I have going on in my life, I felt like if I didn’t do one, I might just not blog at all.

Plus it was fun to find out how many books I read in a year, even if I did lose to Karen. (I know, I know, it “wasn’t a competition.”)

Here’s to something, rather than nothing.

So here we go again… Books I read in January:

  1. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
    This was so much more than I thought it would be. I was expecting mindless fluff, but it was better than that. It covered the range from normal, messy marriages to abusive relationships in a very believable (having not personally been married or abused, I can’t comment on the accuracy) way. I really liked it. I think you will too.
  2. Dirty Pretty Things, by Michael Faudet
    I’m not sure about this one. I did read it in 20 minutes, however, so if I were to set a goal for 100 books this year (which, for the record, I’m not going to), this kind of book would make it much easier to meet that.
    Anyway, let’s just say that if I’m going to read poetry, I like Tyler Knott Gregson better.
  3. This I Know, by Terry O’Reilly
    Most of this just reiterates his podcast, so if you’re a regular Under the Influence listener, just be aware that most of this isn’t going to be new. If you’re not, it’s a great read. If you’re a marketer but don’t prioritize reading books, the last chapter is a great summary of all his main points.
    Sidenote: hey, how lucky am I to have a job that I enjoy enough to listen to related podcasts and read books on it in my spare time?
  4. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
    YA novels are my guilty pleasure. This one was lighthearted and fun and exactly what I needed. If you are visiting somewhere with a beach, you should bring this along.
  5. Adulting: How to be a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, by Kelly Williams Brown
    This book resonated with me right from page 2 of the introduction, when she said:

    Why you and not me? you think, squinting angrily at this person who has a beautiful apartment and an actual career and a boyfriend who never uses a skateboard to go from place to place. But perhaps he has $12.37 in his chequing account, or she has no idea how to cook anything, or he slowly lets his car rot from the inside rather than pony up the thirty bucks to get the oil change. Chances are good that person is looking at you the same way.

    I can cook, but the rest is so bang on it hurts. My dad is shaking his head right now.

  6. A Stranger in the House, by Shari Lapena
    When will lazy marketers stop saying “This is the next Gone Girl” to try to get us to read crappy, illogical books that have nothing to do with Gone Girl? I don’t know why I bothered finishing this.
  7. Save as Draft, by Cavanaugh Lee
    This was cute, if a little vapid. I was pleasantly surprised by the ending.
  8. Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz
    This. Was. So. Good. Is there anything better than a well-written Agatha-Christie-style murder mystery?
  9. House of Silk, by Anthony Horowitz
    Weirdly, this was the first Sherlock Holmes book I’ve ever read, which feels especially strange since this wasn’t an Arthur Conan Doyle original. Holmes is kind of a jerk, eh?

And, books I didn’t read in January (hereafter referred to as the DNF list):

  1. The Age of Persuasion, by Terry O’Reilly
    I really like Terry O’Reilly, so I’m not quite sure why I couldn’t get into this. I gave up after about 50 pages — life’s just too short.
  2. 10% Happier, by Dan Harris
    This might have been more compelling if I’d actually known (or cared) who Dan Harris is, and if he hadn’t spent the first third of the book talking solely about his career.

YTD books read: 9
Goal: 80
Books to go: 71

Yesss 2018. It’s going to be so good.

(Also so good? That pasta.)

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