January 2017 Reading List

Hello Everyone! Can you believe it’s February already?!

Each year I challenge myself to read as many books as I can. Some years I compete with my friends (Hi Sherri!). Some years I just give myself a number to reach before the last day of the year (Last year it was 52, but I only made it to 24!). Some years I use a reading list to follow for each month.

This year I’ve dedicated myself to reading at least one fiction novel and one non-fiction book a month, and if I finish each of those and still have days left, I’ll choose to enjoy whatever I like from my To Be Read (TBR) pile to finish out the month.

Now to be transparent, I read all kinds of fiction and non-fiction. For my day job, I spend quite a bit of time reading elementary, middle grade, and young adult books in all genres and categories. For my personal choices, I tend to lean toward historical fiction, lots of mysteries, and of course, a little bit of romantic suspense, whether Christian fiction or secular.

I don’t want you to be too surprised by the titles I reveal. While I may share a book here, if it doesn’t fit your personal criteria or isn’t your cup of tea, you don’t have to add it to your book list, BUT by the same token, me sharing my reading list doesn’t open the door for judgement or criticism. You have your reading lists and I have mine. Everyone is different, and I’m just wanting to answer the question I get often about my most recent reads.

Capisce? Buona!

To kick off my 2017 reading list, I went with some new titles, but familiar names for January. Enjoy!

Non-Fiction: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham

I was and am a Gilmore Girls fan, much like the rest of the nation, and when I found out Ms. Graham had written an autobiography about her time before, during, and after her beloved role on one of my favorite shows, I couldn’t resist. So, it was added to my Christmas wish list, and when I unwrapped it, I squealed with true glee. It took me all of two days to finish (I could’ve done it in one, but I’m a mom and dinner had to be cooked!). This book was what I expected it to be and more. It was funny, authentic, and friendly, and I related at once with Ms. Graham on all the things to do with life experiences and sappy tears at memorable moments. I think if we met we would be instant BFFs! She has a fiction novel out called Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel that I’m interested in reading and am going to add it to my summer list.

Fiction: Curious Minds: A Knight and Moon Novel by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

I have been reading Janet Evanovich for years, and I laugh out loud pretty much during each reading. Her original Stephanie Plum series is a favorite of mine, and I devour them as soon as they come out. Curious Minds is a new series she started last year with a co-writer, and this is actually a book I received as a gift in 2015, which just goes to show you how deep my TBR pile is and how crazy 2016 was for me because I didn’t finish this book until now. I enjoyed this series, thought the characters were humorous in their eccentricities, and would read the next one in the series when it comes out in June, but I wouldn’t say that this one makes me laugh or holds my attention quite like the Stephanie Plum series does.

Extra Book of the Month, Fiction: Irish Meadows (Courage to Dream) by Susan Anne Mason

I thank my Mom for my love of historical romantic fiction; something she has read with a fervency since I was a child. I truly appreciate when an author is able to transport me to another time period in another location, and do it so well that it’s hard for me to step back into my own here and now reality. While it took me a few chapters to really feel involved with this story, once I connected with the central character Brianna, it was hard for me to not like her and the story of her family, their horse farm, her desire for an education, and her home on Long Island. When the story ended, I knew I would be ordering the next one in the series, A Worthy Heart (Courage to Dream). It’s now been added to my TBR pile, and it will be read before the end of this year!

So those are my three completed books for January 2017! I would love to know what you are reading right now, so be sure to comment on Facebook under the post for this blog. I might even add your book suggestion to my book list!