Curled up in my favorite chair under a cozy blanket, with a cup of tea, and a good book. This is where I have found myself almost every morning the last few weekends. Reading is something that I have always loved, but with wedding planning and all the rest of life’s happenings the last year, it’s something that has gotten away from me. Ben is also a huge reader, and I absolutely love to sit with him, cozy in our home, and read all day. Since the first of the year, I hit the ground running and started reading everyday. It feels so good to dive back into books and become immersed in the stories and characters again. I recently downloaded the app, Goodreads, and I’m hooked. This is a great tool to keep track of what you are currently reading, what you have read in the past, and what you want to read in the future. They do a challenge every year where users can set a goal for how many books they want to read. For 2017 I have set a goal to read 24 books which would be about two books a month. So far, for the month of January, I have read three. I thought it would be fun to also keep track of my progress through my blog by posting what I have read that month and what I thought of them. Then, at the end of the year I’m going to pick my top 5 favorite books from 2017. I’m excited to share my January Reads with you!
My first book of the year was The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. My mom had picked this book up at my favorite bookshop in my hometown last summer so I was familiar with it. However, I totally forgot about it until I downloaded Goodreads. This was one of their recommendations based on the genres I had entered as my favorites. I instantly recognized the cover, and thought I would give it a shot. I’m so glad that I did because it helped me catch the reading bug again and I flew through it. I strongly believe that it’s all about reading the right book to help get you into reading if your just starting, or help you become comfortable with reading again if it’s been a while. This was the book for me. If you are going by the title and cover you could easily pass it up, but as the old saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. This story has a Glass Castle feel to it. The main character, Taylor Greer, is from a poor rural town in Kentucky. Born to a loving mother who inspires her to be the best version of herself, Taylor has a good foundation which helps her to avoid getting pregnant at a young age and being stuck in her tiny hometown for the rest of her life. Instead, she heads out west with hardly any money in her pocket in a barely functioning vehicle. Along the way she acquires a young American Indian child and takes on the responsibility of her caretaker. This book will make you laugh, cry, and look at life and relationships with open eyes through Taylor’s journey of trying to find her place and purpose in the world. I strongly recommend this book; it’s a quick read and a story that will stick with you forever.
My second book of the year was, Room by Emma Donoghue. I’m sure most of you have heard of the book, as it was made into an award-winning movie last year. This book has been on my reading list for years. I have picked it up a few times, but always talked myself out of reading it. I love thrillers, but the topic of abduction frankly frightens me. With all the hype of the movie and a few recommendations from friends to read the book, I finally decided to give it a try. This book is narrated by an energetic five-year old, named Jack and the narrative style takes a bit to get used to. This book gives you an intimate glimpse at the life of Jack and his “Ma” in Room. To the innocent Jack, Room is his world and all that he knows. To Ma, it’s her personal hell and a place that she had no choice in when she was abducted by, “Old Nick”. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I could not put it down. Of course, I had to watch the movie after finishing the book. It was like any movie that is based on a book, slightly disappointing. The acting was phenomenal but I felt they left out major pieces from the storyline that helped explain different situations and why things were. Overall, the book is must read!
My third book for the month of January was, No One Knows by J.T. Ellison. This book is a mashup of Gone Girl and The Girl on The Train. Perfectly suspenseful, it grabs your attention from the beginning and hooks you so that you don’t want to put it down until you know what happens. The main character, Aubrey and her husband are living the perfect married life until he mysteriously disappears. Everyone believes that he is dead, but is he really?! You will have to read to find out, but I’m telling you this book had me so entranced that I was thinking about it all day and night. If suspense and thrillers are your genre of choice, this is the book for you.
Come back to Cozy With The Poseys next month for my February Reads and reviews.