February 1, 2014

Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2014




What I Read in January:
  1. The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon
  2. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  3. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  4. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup *
  5. Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies
  6. Madam: A Novel of New Orleans by Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin
  7. Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  8. Newtown: An American Tragedy by Matthew Lysiak *
  9. Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart *
  10. The Bear by Claire Cameron
  11. The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka
  12. Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Moran
*Nonfiction

If I had to label my January reading I'd call it emotional. No less than 5 of the above books made me weep. 

As always, it's hard to choose favorites. But, I've done it!

Favorite Fiction: Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies ~ A sweeping historical fiction that held me in its spell 

Favorite Nonfiction: Newtown by Matthew Lysiak ~ I cannot express how this book made me feel. It brought me to my knees. It was incredibly hard to read but incredibly important as well. (Take action here: Sandy Hook Promise )

There will be reviews for a good chunk of these coming up. 

How did January treat you? What was your favorite book of the month?

35 comments:

  1. January was quite an emotional reading month for me too - the appearance of tears did not happen though (I've never actually cried at a book). Here's to a more refreshing February!
    :-)
    Bits & Bobs

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    1. I'm kinda a wimp when it comes to emotions, lol. I'll boo hoo for hours over a movie or a book...or a really good commercial, lol.

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  2. Between you and Catherine talking about it, it sounds like I totally need to get my hands on a copy of Belle Cora!

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    1. Yes! Yes, you really do! I loved it.

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  3. I picked up Twelve Years a Slave last month. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, in partnership with some other organizations, is showing and having a panel discussion on the movie later this month that I hope to attend. Want to read the book first, of course. :)

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    1. Oh, wonderful! I hope you can go to that, Chris. It sounds fascinating. I hope you like the book too!

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  4. For a second I wondered if I was reading my own list... I read Code Name Verity and The Rosie Project this month too!

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    1. Ha! I hope you liked them? I really liked them both. (Great minds think alike, lol)

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    2. They both fell in the "good but not great" category for me. I enjoyed them, but I think they fell victim to too much hype, in my case.

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    3. Ah, rats. I hate when the hype gets to me.

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  5. You had a great reading month! I'm definitely going to have to check out Belle Cora now.

    My favourite book of the month was The Harlot's Tale by Sam Thomas, which continues his Lady Bridget Hodgson series.

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    1. I did, I did :D I think you would really like Belle Cora. Dare I guarantee it? Maybe!

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  6. Every time I click to read your blog, I'm reminded how appropriately it's named! ;)

    Once again, an impressive list. Well done! Of your list, I've only read Code Name Verity and The Rosie Project, but I loved both.

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    1. Lol, thank you! I really liked both of those a lot too. I don't think I could pick between the two of them, they are so different.

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  7. I think that's pretty good reading for a month.
    http://booketta.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/its-wrap-end-of-month-round-up.html

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    1. Thank you, Jane :) I'm very happy with the way January turned out for me. Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Great month! Happy February reading!

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  9. Wow, great reading month!! I'm interested in the Newtown book but... I just don't know if I can handle it, kwim? Maybe when C is older. Or if I'm feeling especially brave one day. :/

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    1. Oh, I don't think I could have handled reading it if I my kids were still that age. It busted me in half as it was.

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  10. Once again, completely put to shame by your amazing month of reading! Nice work!

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    1. Oh, you just hush ;) LOL

      Thanks, Jennine!

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  11. thanks for sharing, I have heard about many of those, but have not read the. here is my wrap-up: http://wordsandpeace.com/2014/02/02/2014-january-wrap-up/

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  12. Looks like you had a great reading month. Code Named Verity is on my tbr list. I've noticed the Rosie Project on many blog posts for the month. Happy reading!

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    1. I really did! I hope you're able to get to Code Name Verity, it's a GREAT read. So is The Rosie Project. I highly recommend both of them :D

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  13. You really had a good reading month Jen! :)

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    1. I did! I wasn't sure how this month would turn out as I didn't read a thing for almost the first 2 weeks of it ;)

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  14. Pretty awesome, Jen! I loved both Suite Francaise and Gone Girl in January.

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    1. Thanks, Charlie :D Oooh Gone Girl! Wasn't that a twisty ride?

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  15. Yay, such a good reading month! I'm about to re-read The Rosie Project already - I just listened to it on audio a few months ago and I've been itching to read the hardcover ever since.

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    1. Hooray for January, it was a good one :D

      Did you like it on audio? I'm wondering how his "voice" would come across that way. Hmm.

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  16. I really liked Code Name Verity, but I know others who weren't crazy about it and I don't know why!
    I like that your reading for January was emotional. Mine was "meh". February is going better!

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    1. Those people must be CRAZY, lol. ;) I hope you have a better February, Wesley! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  17. Seven books for January.

    Favorite read: Headhunters by Jo Nesbø.

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