Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2014

What I Read in January:

  1. The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon
  2. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  3. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  4. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup *
  5. Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies
  6. Madam: A Novel of New Orleans by Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin
  7. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  8. Newtown: An American Tragedy by Matthew Lysiak *
  9. Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart *
  10. The Bear by Claire Cameron
  11. The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka
  12. Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Moran

If I had to label my January reading I’d call it emotional. No less than 5 of the above books made me weep. 
As always, it’s hard to choose favorites. But, I’ve done it!

Favorite Fiction: Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies ~ A sweeping historical fiction that held me in its spell 

Favorite Nonfiction: Newtown by Matthew Lysiak ~ I cannot express how this book made me feel. It brought me to my knees. It was incredibly hard to read but incredibly important as well. (Take action here: Sandy Hook Promise )

There will be reviews for a good chunk of these coming up. 

How did January treat you? What was your favorite book of the month?

35 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2014

  1. January was quite an emotional reading month for me too – the appearance of tears did not happen though (I've never actually cried at a book). Here's to a more refreshing February! 🙂Bits & Bobs


  2. I picked up Twelve Years a Slave last month. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, in partnership with some other organizations, is showing and having a panel discussion on the movie later this month that I hope to attend. Want to read the book first, of course. 🙂


  3. Yay, such a good reading month! I'm about to re-read The Rosie Project already – I just listened to it on audio a few months ago and I've been itching to read the hardcover ever since.


  4. I really liked Code Name Verity, but I know others who weren't crazy about it and I don't know why!I like that your reading for January was emotional. Mine was \”meh\”. February is going better!


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