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Introvert's Book Club: January Reading

We’re one month into 2018! How are you doing on your resolutions? Something I’m working on this year is watching less TV. I haven’t been perfect, but I have been better, which means I got lots of reading done this month.

My New Titles

Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

One item on the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge is “a classic you’ve been meaning to read”. I’m cheating and reading the remainder of the Anne series. Or am I getting extra credit? Hmmm… Anyway, I enjoyed the second installment of Anne Shirley’s adventures as much as I did the first. I enjoy that Anne has good and bad days like the rest of us, but her zest for imagination makes all her moods and scrapes interesting and insightful. I can’t wait to read the rest.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

I read this book for a book club. The reviews were mixed from the group, but I really enjoyed this book. The fact that it’s based on real women from history made it especially intriguing. It’s true that parts were very hard to read, but the characters are strong and complex. One thing is certain: I could not ever be a spy. I get too sweaty when nervous.

Wild Things by Bruce Handy

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When one of my best friends from college asked if I wanted to have a two person kid-lit book club in 2018, I jumped for joy! We started by reading this book about reading children’s literature as an adult. I’ll be honest, I enjoyed brunch with my friend to talk about the book much more than I enjoyed getting through the book itself, but I’m glad I read it. I sometimes felt the author was pretentious, but it’s an interesting look at some of my favorite books from childhood.

My friend pointed out that a different person could write about all the same titles Handy covered, and the result would be a completely different book. So true. Books, especially books from childhood, are so personal. They mean something unique to each of us. That’s one of the joy of reading, after all!

Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson

I finally finished this! If you want to travel the world without leaving your chair, this book is for you!

New Titles in Audio

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

I loved this memoir! I know Rob Lowe only from Parks and Recreation, and still loved every minute of his story. His honesty about addiction and recovery was appreciated. I laughed out loud and got choked up at times. This was a delight.

The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer

I have no desire to become an actor, but still loved this book! Jenna Fischer has a delightful voice. I highly recommend this book in audio. I laughed out loud at every story Jenna told. She was so honest and upbeat, even when talking about breaking down in a Pottery Barn. I think anyone would enjoy this book, but if you’re a huge fan of The Office who is trying to binge watch reruns less and read more, this is for you.

Re-read

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

I enjoyed this again for a second time. I’m working hard on learning to use the tendencies to meet goals at work and home. I find this framework so helpful. If you haven’t read any of Gretchen Rubin’s work, you’re missing out!

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I have a huge pile of books to choose from in February. I’m even reading a book for work this month that I’m excited to tell you about. I hope your January was fine and healthy. Happy reading as we head into the shortest month!

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