January {2015} Reads

January came and went and somehow, I managed to read FOUR books!!
Now, some of you may laugh at that number, but it is huge for me. I haven’t read like that since before I became a mama … so, uhm, more than a decade ago!

I’ve shared a book challenge {and the bookmark I created to pair with it} that is encouraging me to read more as well as sharing how I’m carving out more time in my day(s) for reading.

So, what did I read this month?


Bright Side Jan15 Book

Bright Side
Kim Holden

I don’t even know how to put this book into words. I absolutely fell in love with the characters, I wanted to be their friend and hang out with them, they were so endearing. It made me want to be a better person. To be kind despite my circumstances. It was very powerful and emotionally draining. If you liked Fault in Our Stars, you will love this book …. BUT, there is some serious language and a few graphic scenes. I took them in stride with the age group of characters and while I didn’t like it, it was worth it to me to push past it for the strong story line.

4.5 out of 5

Still Alice Jan15 Book

Still Alice
Lisa Genova

This book sucked me right in Alice’s life. It was a fascinating to read and learn more about this heartbreaking disease. I found myself thinking about it a lot, about the care and treatment of those with mental deterioration. I can not wait to see the movie and am prepared to go through an entire box of tissues.

4.5 out of 5

Dear Mr Knightley Jan15 Book

Dear Mr. Knightley
Katherine Reay

I needed a light read following the first two of this month and this one fit the bill. I loved the format of the book, written as a journal. I am not a huge Jane Austen buff and despite a lot of references to Jane Austen’s characters, I never felt lost or confused. If you are a Jane Austen fan, you’ll enjoy this. A sweet story unfolds watching good come from bad.

4 out of 5

Party Girl Jan15 Book

Party Girl
Rachel Hollis

This one was recommended by Erin of the #26BookswithBringingupBurns challenge. I wasn’t sure what to expect based on the title, but gosh was it a cute read. I found myself caught up in the world of even planning and wasn’t ready for the book to end!

3.75 out of 5

Reading, like most other hobbies is so subjective. I’ve tried to share what I liked/didn’t like about each book and my overall rating, but these books may not be for you, don’t just take my word for it.
What are you reading?

Anything I should add to my ever-growing list?

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  1. Always looking for new books to add to my to-read list, so this is great. Look like you had a great January!

  2. Love the reviews. Always need a new book to read. :)

  3. Our church is doing a reading challenge so I’m broadening my horizons outside of fiction. I just checked out two biographies. One is called How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else and the other is Charlotte au Choclat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood. I have a feeling you would like them both :)

  4. Kristy says:

    I read two of your reccomendations and loved them(Stiil Alice and Beight Side) Thanks! Please keep posting reviews so I can keep reading good stuff!!! :)

    • That’s so great Kristy! I’m glad I could encourage some good reads. I’m hoping to do a monthly review so check back. This month is going a little slower, but I still hope to finish at least 2 books! 😀

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