Books I’ve Read in January

The month isn’t over yet, but I feel like getting a jump on things.

1 At Grave’s End Jeaniene Frost
2 Magic and Other Misdemeanors Michael Buckley
3 The Accidental Human Dakota Cassidy
4 Tales From the Hood Michael Buckley
5 Annie’s Adventures Lauren Baratz-Logstead
6 Shopaholic Takes Manhattan Sophie Kinsella
7 Emily Ever After Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
8 Left Behind Tim LaHaye and
9 In the Woods Tana French
10 Sleeping With Ward Cleaver Jenny Gardiner

These were all good, if not great reads.

At Grave’s End was a great way to start out the year. The Paranormal genre has been a favorite of mine for years, but it’s gotten rather stale. Too many series I used to love have become tiresome. Characters have been stretched to their limit and then some, or just cookie cutters with nothing original. I adore this series. I love the monogamous relationship the main characters share that seems to just make them stronger and more interesting. I can’t get enough of Cat and Bones. And the author thanks God in her acknowledgments. I find that so cool.

Magic and Other Misdemeanors is the 5th book from the series Sisters Grimm: Fairy Tale Detectives that my children and I share a love for. I listen to them on audio, and LJ Ganser is fabulous at creating a world of characters with his voice. I highly recommend the series for children and adults. My kids from 8 to 16 all love it. And so do I. It’s one of those unique books that transcends age.

The Accidental Human is a book I was fortunate enough to get an advanced review copy of. I have been looking forward to Wanda’s story and I’m so pleased to report that it exceeded expectations! I’ll make a prediction that the author, Dakota Cassidy, is on the cusp of a very long and successful writing career.

Tales from the Hood is 6th in the Sisters Grimm series. Although unavailable on audio, we had to have it. Michael Buckley continues to impress me and my children with his stories.

Annie’s Adventures is first in a new series for children about an extremely resourceful family of 8 sisters who are looking for their parents. My girls really enjoyed it!

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while. Even though it’s a over 460 pages, it’s a fast enjoyable read. Escapism at it’s best without feeling too dumbed down. One of those books I feel silly for waiting so long to read.

Emily Ever After marks a new genre for me: Christian Chick Lit. A little deeper than your standard Chick Lit about facials, shopping and dating cute guys, this book made me think. I’ll be looking for more by these authors for a fun but thoughtful read that appeals to my spirit.

Left Behind is a book I read probably a decade ago. I enjoyed it again for a book group discussion. I can’t wait to read the next in this series. I’m not generally a fan of anything to do with The End Times. I find it depressing. Left Behind is suspenseful and theological without being frightening.

In the Woods is a police procedural suspense novel taking place in Ireland. That’s what made it more of a challenge to read, but it was definitely worth it. And it was so much fun to be emerged in another culture, even if the subject matter wasn’t always the most pleasant. Tara French is definitely an author I’ll be looking out for.

Sleeping With Ward Cleaver had me peeing my pants from laughing so hard. Honestly, I wasn’t sure about it being anything more than a few laughs. It was a little too realistic of a story about a marriage in trouble. The best part was how the main character fought for her marriage. Maybe she wasn’t graceful about it, but she got the job done. I loved that in a day and age where it’s easier to give up than work hard, they worked it out and were happier than ever. That’s the kind of book I like reading!

I’m almost through with The Ghost and the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberly. It’s the second in the Haunted Bookshop Mystery series. I love a good old fashioned mystery. A 1930’s private eye is a ghost stuck in a bookshop in a little New England town. Funny how so many murders occur in such a small town, but lucky for the bookshop owner, she’s got her ghost to help her find out who dunnit! Such a great series!

I’m listening to Inkheart by Cornelia Funke on audio and also reading Our Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts. I might be through with them by the end of the month, but probably not. So you can look forward to more about those soon!

Happy Reading!

One Response to “Books I’ve Read in January”

  1. rawla Says:

    impressive! congrats! fun on the couch with a coffee and a good book.

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