WOW did I read a ton of books in January. I think after 2 years of beefing up my reading, I am really hitting my stride and am able to waste less time on the internet and more time reading. I also have been reading more during days at home when I might have been more likely to clean the bathrooms again. Time better spent, for sure.
22. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin: I read this for a TLC blog tour. My review is here.
21. Where Have I Been All My Life? by Cheryl Rice: Another Blog Tour book reviewed here.
20. Close to Home by Lisa Jackson: SO TRASHY. But fun to read while I was sick. A really bad use of a $2 because I rented it from the library, and it really was terrible. I picked up another one of her books in the 14-day section, and that should have been a warning sign-- she is cranking them out so fast you can rent one AND get one in the new release area?! I didn't even open the other one-- just took it straight back to the library, which I NEVER do.
19. The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen: Trashy but so entertaining. Even though it was not a thriller, it reminded me of that awesome Christopher Pike book about the friends who go away to the beach for the weekend. I read it in an evening sitting in front of the TV watching crap shows, a time I would normally spend trolling the internet.
18. In the Memorial Room by Janet Frame: Hilarious and dense. It was a slim book and kept me happy at a hockey practice.
17. The Twits by Roald Dahl: Read this to Cooper and Jack over 3 days. They LOVED it. Harry read it to himself while the three of us read Fantastic Mr. Fox.
16. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl: So weird and cute-- how did I not read this as a kid? Jack and Cooper adored it, too.
15. I Lost Everything in the Post Natal Depression by Erma Bombeck: This was the last book in my Erma bender. It was terrific, of course.
14. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I LOVED the premise of this book-- long-time lovers who just aren't happy any more. It was so sad and realistic sounding. A really sweet and touching romance with an excellent narrator.
13. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon: SO CREEPY. I stayed up late finishing this book and then could not go to sleep.
12. Alena by Rachel Pastan: An updated Rebecca. But really it's Rebecca-light. How could it NOT be?
11. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler: A little funnier than Mindy Kaling's book, but not quite as good as Bossy Pants. Way better than Lena Dunham, though.
10. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: Delightful premise and a wonderful narrator. Worth reading for his voice alone. And there's a sequel that's 6 months newer! Can't wait!
9. Her by Harriet Lane: GRIPPING. Read it in a day and will be haunted by the ending for pretty much ever.
8. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper: Ha! Loved it! Probably would have loved it more if I read it BEFORE the movie, which is always the ideal way to do it.
7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: OH MY GOD IT'S GOING TO BE A MOVIE, and I CANNOT WAIT.
6. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy: This is really, really good. A woman with dementia is losing touch with her current world and solving her sister's 70-year-old murder.
5. Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell: Best Scarpetta in YEARS. I loved this book and tore through it.
4. Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher: Oh so funny. If you are an academic, you need to read this book!!
3. Revival by Stephen King: This might be my favorite Stephen King book ever, and that's really saying something. His main character was so great, I didn't even need the terrifying stuff. I actually cried at a really mundane chapter just because I was so happy for the guy for getting his shit together. I loved this book.
2. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes: This book was cheesy and predictable, and WONDERFUL. I cried and cried and cried but felt GREAT at the end. You should read it.
1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin: This book was a charming delight. I loved the scope and the pacing-- pretty far zoomed out and clipping-- but still full of wonderful characters and details.
The top 10 books on my list this month are all terrific, and with the exception of Topper from 2010 and a Moyes book from 2013, they are all late 2014/early 2015 books. You should probably put them on your list.