What I Read in January

I think I could have titled this post “The One Where All My Forgotten Library Requests Became Available.” I wouldn’t have chosen to read this much in one month, but thanks to a few rounds of sickness and bitterly cold weather, I snuck in some extra reading time. Here’s what I finished this month:

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I had to sit on this one for a few days after I finished it before I could decide what I thought. It was raw in places and yet a poignant look at what it means to be a mother, daughter, and friend. Growing up and now living about an hour away from Shaker Heights (where the book is set), I loved all the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio references.


Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds – Jen Wilkin
My Rating: 5 Stars

I’ve had the tremendous blessing of being taught great Bible study methods beginning in college and continuing into adulthood (via BSF), but I still appreciated Jen Wilkin’s breakdown of the what, why, and how of Bible knowledge and was encouraged to dig deeper in my own study. Also a plus, this book was very easy to read and accessible, no matter your familiarity (or lack thereof) with inductive Bible study.


The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
My Rating: 5 Stars

Written only as letters to and from a variety of characters, this book took awhile to capture my attention. Once it did, I was smitten! It’s not your typical (post) WWII novel, instead, it’s refreshingly original and the characters are so captivating. Another mark in its favor, as far as I can remember – it was free of objectionable content (little to no language, sex, or violence – if you’d rather avoid all that, this book is for you).


A Fatal Grace – Louise Penny
My Rating: 3 Stars

This is the second book in Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series and I don’t think I liked it quite as well as the first. It’s still a gripping mystery, without being overly violent or gory. I like the setting and characters in Three Pines, so I’ll probably continue with the series, but this one won’t be my favorite.


A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
My Rating: 5 Stars

I realize I’m about 5 years late to the party, but this is FANTASTIC!  Grief is a part of our daily lives, given Philip’s occupation and I found this portrayal of grief and life after loss heartwarming. This will probably be one of my top 10 this year…but it’s only January, so we’ll have to see.


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