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At the Library - January 2019 Reading

These are the books I finished reading in January.  Personally, this is a huge deal for me.  I cannot remember the last time I finished 3 books in the same month, but the really good news is that I am already on pace to do it again next month!  In fact, I might even complete 4 or 5 if I can stay on track.  Honestly, most of what it takes for me is not watching tv anymore really.  Finishing books gives me the largest sense of satisfaction and gives my mind a wonderful escape into new worlds.  Much more so than finishing a TV show!  I am currently on a search for what is best for me, not just what is easiest.

I would like to be committed this year to reporting my monthly reading on here as a means for accountability (and fun!), and while I am talking about accountability, I will be telling you in December that this year I completed reading the Bible.  Bill and I started a program to read the Bible in one year and we are committed.  One month in and on track.  They say it takes 3 weeks to form a habit right?  Boom, nailing it.

OK, now for brief reviews of these books!

Where the Crawdads Sing – I would recommend this VERY highly.  The way the author respects nature and weaves it throughout is simply gorgeous.  The main character Kya is complex and interesting and captivating.  The cast of characters surrounding her are vivid and colorful.  I read this book very quickly and loved every moment of it.  Romance and coming of age and suspenseful… honestly hit all the notes I am looking for in a novel and then some.  Oh!  And the poetry weaved throughout was such a wonderful addition.  Moral of the story… if you love novels, put this on your list!

Wild and Free – I started this one a while ago and picked it back up this month to read the second half and I am so glad I did.  I struggle with “Christian women books” like this one often; I often feel as though they get a bit repetitive and I am super into the beginning and feel like I am reading the same thing over and over.  This one built for me!  The last chapter was the most memorable and my favorite.  I really liked the idea behind it and would definitely recommend this to most of the Christian women I know.  It is a cry to tap into the wild freedom we are offered and to remember that we are not called to be self conscious and timid.  It rattled me a bit, in a good way and reminded me that speaking from my heart, in love, is something I should pursue more often.

Stay with Me – Whoa, this one took some crazy turns.  The descriptions on Amazon and Goodreads did not do justice to this complicated web, but I liked that I had no idea that this was coming.  A couple committed to not living the polygamous life that their families led end up not getting pregnant as quickly as their families anticipated (which is of paramount importance in their society) and they both take drastic measures to change their fates.  It was horrifying in parts, tragic in others and a reminder that it is not our actual circumstances that drive us apart, but rather the secrets we keep from each other. 

Hoping to do this every month guys!  

Have the most lovely weekend 😊


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