Time for a look at what I read in January. It could’ve been a better start, but it was a good start considering how busy the month became overall.

Programming note: Remember how I said I would have my Reading Year in Review. then my Writing Year in Review, followed by my “Looking Ahead to 2016” post the final week in January? January was insane. February’s off to a weird start. I’m working on it. 

On to the books…

The Snowman (Harry Hole #7) – Jo Nesbø  – 4* – (Jan. 1):
(This is the Goodreads review)
snowmanBrilliantly, I didn’t write any kind of review for this. I remember feeling a little perturbed at the number of red herrings as we zigged and zagged, though I gladly followed along. There were many times I felt we were at a definitive answer, only to have yet another switch thrown and it did become tiresome by the end. But I felt the detective work was interwoven fairly well with the personal stuff and it kept me wondering what would happen next so I gave it 4*. (I started reading this in December so I finished it in January but it wasn’t my first complete book of the year.)

Zen and the Art of Happiness – Chris Prentiss – 5* – (Jan. 2):
(Goodreads review)

zenandtheartMy annual re-read of this book seems to have become a tradition. Each year, something new stands out to me. This year, I even convinced my husband to read it. I’m at a much different place in my life than I was a year ago, but it’s still very applicable.

The Lake House – Kate Morton  – 4.25* – (Jan. 9):
(Goodreads review)

lakehouseI‘ve yet to read a book by Kate Morton that I haven’t enjoyed. This is the first time she’s had an actual (benched) member of law enforcement involved in a family mystery and it changed the stakes and perspective dramatically for me. I didn’t connect as well with Sadie or her motivation, despite the attempts to explain it. As the end drew near, I was almost yelling for it to not happen as it did, but with the number of pages remaining, it was the only possibility. I think I deducted half a star based just on the neat bow they put not he end (and especially the very last scene). Barf.

What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt – 2* – (Jan. 22):
(This IS the Goodreads review.)

2* for trying so very hard to be something. For failing so much to live up to the hype. For not going with any of the expected or cliche endings. For making me trudge through, expecting it to get better but never bothering to do so.

I had three reading goals this year:

  1. Read 50 books: – I finished 4 in January, for a total so far of 4. That put me roughly on-target.
  2. Complete the PopSugar 2016 Reading ChallengeThere are 40 categories and I’ll count no book for more than 2. I also decided not to count re-reads (unless the category specifies it must be a re-read). I’ve read 4 of 40 categories so far.
  3. Read at least 3 classics from new-to-me authors: I did not.

Diversity? A spiritual book, a couple of mysteries, and a craptastic contemporary fiction.

Star ratings: This is based on the flat stars Goodreads displays in list-view, not the quarter-star system I assign in my reviews.

  • 5 stars: 1 book (re-read)
  • 4 stars: 2 books
  • 3 stars: 0 books
  • 2 stars: 1 books
  • 1 star: 0 books
  • 0 stars: 0 books (book I edited but didn’t rate)

Pages read:

  • January – 1608

Slower than last January but I also started and ditched two books I decided not to count. January’s off to an OK start so we’ll keep moving along.