Total books read during month: 17
Total books read during 2017: 17 (133 books until goal)
Favorite book read this month: The Danish Way of Parenting
Least favorite book read this month: Dear Mr You
Books I did not finish this month: None. I wanted to start the year out strong, so I picked a lot of books I knew I would love.
And now, the books!
(fyi, if you purchase any of these books through the Amazon links I will get a small kickback)
Prey by Michael Crichton
This might be my favorite Michael Crichton book, and that is saying a lot. I read this in one day on my drive home from vacation, and my husband finished it almost as fast. The buildup was excellent, and the ambiguous ending was really good. Crichton’s books are always excellent because of the amount of research he put into each one.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Really moving firsthand account of the Holocaust. Painful at times, but also very beautiful. This is a short book and well worth the read.
I Hate Everyone, Except You by Clinton Kelly
Rating: an unfortunate 📚
I wanted to like this so badly. I love What Not To Wear and I love watching Clinton give style advice, and I was so hoping that this book would have that same feel to it. Instead, I found it plodding and whiny. So sad.
Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne
So many good points! I bought this years ago and never got around to reading it, lost it, and had to buy it again to participate in a book club. It’s a little slow in the beginning, but the lessons inside are excellent.
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
This is the prettiest book. I just want to stare at it with heart eyes all day. That being said, it’s a little over my head, but my husband liked it. The lessons are brief (obviously) which makes it easy to read one and give it some time to sink in.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
I just….did not like this book. It has tons of good reviews and I have heard great things about it, but I felt like it was outdated and annoying. The constant cartoon drawings got on my nerves, and I forced myself to finish it. It was the polar opposite of Simplicity Parenting.
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
A bit political in places, but interesting. Very readable and drew me in right from the beginning. There are a lot of references to violence, abuse, drug use, etc, so beware.
The Danish Way of Parenting by Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl
I loved the calm, straightforward advice that this book provided, and it was the perfect length. Just long enough to convey some great advice without dragging on. Reading this and Simplicity Parenting in one month was really enjoyable, as they go hand in hand.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
I loved this book right up until the last few chapters, after which I literally got up out of bed where I was all tucked in reading and angrily put it in the donate bin. After further review and ranting, I retrieved it and ordered the second in the series. Although I do read quite a bit of YA literature, I usually steer clear of trilogies, as I rarely find them worth the time investment. This series is an exception, and any book that can make me that involved in the characters and their decisions is worth it to me.
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Second in the Across the Universe trilogy, this installment was almost as good as the first. This is one of the few series in which you can easily pick up the next book and keep reading as soon as you finish the last. In A Million Suns, you travel further into space, learn some very interesting revelations, and the characters make some very important decisions. That’s all very cryptic, I know. You just have to read the book, ok?
Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon
This is a true story, and is a big departure from my normal reading. I honestly would never have picked this up at the bookstore, but a good friend of mine recommended it and I knew I had to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised! It’s a very slow and steady book, and there is so much to be learned right along with the author. I especially enjoyed the sections where she admitted that despite having a mentally disabled sister, she was not really aware of the correct terms to use to describe her. Simon was honest in her ignorance and worked to correct it, even adding an additional note to the second edition of the book to address an offensive term she used in the first edition.
Happy as a Dane: 10 Secrets of the Happiest People in the World by Malene Rydahl
There was nothing really wrong with this book, but it was quite short and read a bit like it was written simply to capitalize on the recent “Denmark is awesome!” trend. There are so many good books about Denmark, but this is one to skip in my opinion.
Dear Mr You by Mary-Louise Parker
Maybe I just didn’t get this book? There are so many good reviews of it out there, and I did not enjoy it at all. It was one of the picks for my traveling book club, and I would not have finished it if I didn’t feel like I should as a responsible book club member.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
A quick and easy read that I finished in one afternoon. It had an interesting juxtaposition of ethics and love, and had strong characters with strong opinions. The Grandmother especially had a great storyline. There is sequel but I don’t plan on reading it, as I loved the way this ended.
The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty
I’m not sure what to think of this book. It was good writing, and I cared about the characters, but it was one of those books that has no real point. I kept waiting for something to happen and at the end I just closed it and thought, “That’s it?”.
The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy
Interesting book. I loved the scenes set in the past, not so much the present day scenes. For a great book by Sarah McCoy, I would recommend The Mapmaker’s Children instead.
$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer
This book was really hard to read in places, especially the examples of children suffering. It puts a lot of things into perspective and makes you very grateful for the little things you might take for granted. A very good read to help understand the problems of poverty that are occurring very close to home.