Wednesday, February 03, 2016

January: What I Read

It's not that I want to stop documenting my reading this year.  It's just that I cannot remember to do shit lately, so, naturally, I forgot to document my reading this year.  It;s especially funny because my post yesterday was about NOTHING.  I mean, not that this is way more something-er, but at least I am continuing a theme.

Anyway, my reading list for the month.  I gotta tell you, this is a sensational list.  Even #10 was an excellent read!  You should take a second and add all of these to your library wish list right now.  I can wait.

10.  The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich: SCARY and violent and creepy and just TAUT.  I highly recommend it.

9.  Re Jane by Patricia Park:  This is touching and lovely and a surprisingly quick read.  I demolished it in the car on the way to Jelly Belly and think you should read it, too.

8.  Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington.  Sad and sweet and funny and gripping-- I really liked these characters, and the narrator has an excellent voice.

7.  Auggie and Me by RJ Palacio:  I read this with Jack.  We both totally loved it, especially "The Shingaling."  It's a follow-up to the terrific Wonder, and while part of me thinks the author should just write about other kids already, the other part of me is happy to revisit old friends.

6.  The Wright Brothers by David McCullough:  FASCINATING and even made me cry a little.

5.  Carry On by Rainbow Rowell:  I LOVE her, and this book was really, really good.  It;s Harry Potter fan fiction in the best possible way.  If you read Fan Girl you;ll see the story that THAT main character was writing fan fiction about, so this is especially great for loyal Rowell readers.

4.  Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff:  Maybe my favorite kid book ever.  Auggie and Me took us a long time, so I read it to myself and SOBBED.  I could never survive it in a read aloud.

3.  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah:  I am late to the party on this one, but yes.  It;s as good as you think it's going to be.  Better, even.

2.  Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff:  I checked this out a few months ago and couldn't get into it, so I took it back before it was due and out it back on my hold list.  It finally came around again, and I am glad I gave it another chance because it was mesmerizing and haunting and perfect.  The best part is I HATED one of the main characters and couldn't stop reading.

1.  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates:  Read this.  Everyone should.

(But seriously.  It's not just writing abut reading that I can't remember.  I didn't even put mascara on both eyes this morning:
 Or buckle Cooper in the car:
Kidding about the buckling.  We were in the preschool parking lot).

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