Recent Reads [January 2017]

I got off to a good start this year, reaching a tenth of my goal for the year.  So far I’ve read one non-fiction book and three fiction.  Unfortunately, my TBR list keeps growing and growing.  I guess that’s one of the downfalls of working in a library – the list of books to read reaches an impossible high.

But I guess it’d be possible to read all of them if I didn’t have this job.

I’d rather have my job.

I started off the year with Wake Up Happy by Michael Strahan.  It was a good, light read which was perfect for kicking off my reading for 2017.  It was engaging and Strahan’s personality really showed through the words.  He’s such an optimistic guy and you can’t help but love him.  I did write a full review for this book, and I’m planning on writing reviews for most, if not all, the books I read this year.

the last time we were us book

The second book of the month was The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen.  The premise of the story was definitely better than the execution, but I can’t say it was a bad book.  I did like it… I was just expecting something more out of it.  I will say that though the characters had some annoying flaws, it was those flaws that made them more realistic.  After all, no one is perfect.

Then I finally got around to reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  I’d seen this book pop up within the Bookstagram community a lot, so I had to check it out.  I bought it in October and finally decided to read it.  I was not disappointed.  Rowell really captured what it is like to be a part of a fandom today through Cath’s character, and I did see a lot of myself in her which made the book that much better because I could relate to it.

My fourth and final book of January, which I literally finished yesterday was The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.  This one was on my TBR list since mid-summer when I saw it in my Goodreads recommendations, but I wasn’t 100% sure if I really wanted to read it.  I didn’t decide completely on reading it until my boss said I should because she thought I’d enjoy it.  She wasn’t wrong.  I did enjoy it and I loved all the different literary references made in the story.  I’d definitely recommend it to other hardcore bookworms.

January 2017 reads

I’m looking forward to more of the books I have on my reading list for the year, including some books I want to reread because it’s been a few years since I’ve picked them up.  I’m going to try to keep up with regular book reviews, but I think I’m going to pick and choose the ones I review because I don’t want my reading to end up feeling like a chore.  But you can always check out my ratings of books on Goodreads, even if I don’t write a full review.

What did you read this past month?

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