Without really intended it to be, January ended up being all about sticking to my 2016 reading and blogging goals (yay – I love it when that happens!). On the reading front, I worked in a couple free range titles, a nonfiction, and a backlist book. On the blogging front, I shared my 10 Recommendations for Lively Coed Book Club Discussions list and participated in my very first readathon (#24in48). However, I’m sure this whole “sticking to my 2016 goals thing” will go the way of those “I’m going to start going to the gym” New Year’s resolutioners….i.e. they’re gone from the gym by mid-February.
Well, I have to say that January has kicked off my 2016 reading year quite nicely! At least, much better than the slumpy January I had last year. My Name is Lucy Barton was my first 5 star read of the year and Only Love Can Break Your Heart came very close to earning 5 stars as well. The Swans of Fifth Avenue was the perfect palate cleanser for My Name is Lucy Barton and Youngblood was an incredibly thoughtful debut Iraq war novel that I’ll be reviewing in February. And those were just the highlights.
Best Book of the Month
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (January 12, 2016)
Fiction, 208 Pages
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Other February Releases I’m Excited About
Top Backlist Books on my “To Be Read” List
Most Popular January Posts
Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers
- Kerry at Entomology of a Bookworm showed everyone just how efficient Twitter can be at creating a list of books that pull you in.
- Wendy at Taking the Long Way Home’s (a running blog) observations on wellness through the years rang 100% true for me and made me hopeful for the years to come.
- Rory at Fourth Street Review’s “Read This, Watch That” post begins with “if you like Bloodline” (yes, I do!)…and then recommends two books I enjoyed last year (The Gates of Evangeline and Bull Mountain).
- Beth Fish Reads’ Sentenced To Be Read post showcased some brilliant wordplay!