January & February Books

I actually read several books this month. Granted, they were all fiction, but developing/redeveloping a habit takes baby steps. With Speedy’s frequent night-wakings, I had to keep it light or I was fast asleep. I got an iphone in January and have read several books on the kindle app. I found it was so much easier to pick up my phone and read a page here or there while waiting in the car, eating lunch, etc.

1. Wool, all five parts, by Hugh Howey – a friend from my book club recommended this collection of short stories, and I was hooked after reading the first one. These were the first books I read on my iphone. I really didn’t get much done during the few days I was reading these. This is a similar genre to The Hunger Games, and I hope he writes more. I am waiting until I finish our tax return to read the Shift series.

2. Divergent by Victoria Roth – another futuristic dystopian teen novel. It was pure coincidence that I read these books back-to-back. I had been on the waiting list for this book for so long that I forgot all about it. I read it in two days. It was a page turner. Not as good as The Hunger Games, but it was really entertaining. I am getting frustrated waiting for my turn with the sequel. I know it doesn’t take you three weeks to read this book, people. Hurry up and return it so the rest of us can read it!

3. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell – I read this in bits and pieces in December and January. It was fascinating and has changed the way I think about things. Thomas has read this a few years ago, and I remembered some of it from conversations we had about it, but it was still good. I had to skim the last part because it was due back to the library.

4. Miss Perigrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – our library had this ebook and I read it on the Kindle. It was another young adult book (I am liking this genre more and more for its PG/PG-13 ratings). It took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down.

5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – this book had such mixed reviews that I couldn’t decide whether or not to read it, but I ended up getting into it early on. This was a sweet, sad story of a boy who loses his father in the attack on the World Trade Center. He goes on a journey throughout New York to find the meaning behind a key he found in his dad’s closet. It helps him grieve his father’s death and he has some sweet adventures. However, this book was really depressing. I have a hard time with books that are so sad as this one, and they can often put me in a funk for a few days. The chapters about his grandparents almost made me stop reading it, they were so depressing, but I skimmed those and eventually those characters just seemed unrealistic to me. Anyway, another mixed review to add to the rest of them! I just realized this book was made into a movie recently. I will have to see it when it comes out on DVD.

One Response to “January & February Books”

  1. 4 has been on my list for a while. Want to check it out before my Moonpie reads it. 1 & 2- going on the list today! I love that genre of fiction! Thanks for the recs!