January wasn’t a great month for me. It’s cold and dreary and my seasonal congestion is making me miserable. I was supposed to have sinus surgery this month, so I spent the first part of the month stressing about the procedure, and then my doctor had to postpone it for six weeks.
I have friends who have gone through real family tragedies recently, so I realize this is a minor problem — one that at some point in the next six weeks will hopefully be taken care of. I’ll let you know. I basically hibernated this month and took a lot of decongestants. I didn’t exercise the way I should and I didn’t get out of the house much. I did read a lot – but maybe my mental state influenced my reading, as nothing really wowed me this month. I also wasn’t motivated to write about what I read (though I did write about last month’s trip to South America).
Sorry to be grumpy. Here’s what I read in January:
My favorite read: The book I was most glued to this month was In the Woods, which I’ve been wanting to read a long time and still haven’t gotten out of my head. And for pure enjoyment, I was quite impressed by The Duke I Tempted, one of the most original romance novels I’ve read in a long time. French Exit was clever and thoughtful, as DeWitt always is, and There There was an impressive debut, but I can’t say I loved either book.
Most disappointing read: I wasn’t crazy about The Dreamers. And while I enjoyed The Greatest Love Story, I think it may be better as an audiobook than a print book since it’s basically written as a transcript. It felt clunky, compared to their live show which I absolutely loved.
Books for challenges:
What I’m reading now: I’m reading two ARCs; The Glass Diplomat by S.R. Wilsher, about the military coup in Chile, and The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer.
What’s coming up: From the library, I’ve got Ghostwritten by David Mitchell, Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, and Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.
Added to my TBR: I spent some time generating book ideas for the 2019 Read Harder Challenge. Part of the fun is identifying books that meet every challenge. Here are some ideas for the easier categories – feel free to suggest others!
Things that made me happy this month: as you can probably tell, not so much. My cats, sitting by the fire, wine. I enjoyed the movie RBG, I found myself fascinated by Marie Kondo based on two bloggers who found her method life changing (here and here), I explored book podcasts, and my husband and I burned through every last episode of The British Baking Show. I also picked up a few Great Courses on photography, cooking, and gardening.
That’s it for me! Hope you’re staying warm and reading something good.
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