Most of you probably know that I did not to set a reading goal this year. I decided it was time to take a break from the competitive aspect of reading after I read 150 books in 2014. But I still intend to continue reading plenty and posting my reading list, reviews and monthly updates here.
I read nine books in January. Of those, two memoirs and one fiction book stood out as my favorites.
Have You Found Her by Janice Erlbaum is the author’s memoir about returning to the homeless shelter where she lived more than two decades ago and attempting to find a girl like herself to save. Erlbaum, a 34-year-old writer met Sam, a 19-year-old unbelievably smart junkie. Erlbaum knew immediately that Sam was the girl she was meant to save. The problem was that Sam didn’t want saving. You can read my full review, which tells a bit more about why (beyond great writing) that I loved this book.
It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell is the author’s memoir about her lifetime battle with food and how, at 20 and almost 300 pounds, she decided it was time to take control of her weight. I’m not going to lie, I found myself rooting for Mitchell. I really wanted her to succeed, especially since her ideas about weight and her self image clearly were caused by and causing problems in the rest of her life. I was even more impressed by Mitchell when I finished reading her book and looked at her blog, Can You Stay for Dinner, which I also love.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was my favorite fiction read of the month. I discovered the book on iTunes and added it to my reading list. It took me awhile to get interested in the story, and I never really liked or related to the main character at all. But, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t suppose to like her. Either way, once I became interested in the storyline about a woman who becomes involved in the lives of a couple she’s been watching as she passes by their house while she’s on the train, I couldn’t stop reading. It was one of those books that kept me up late because I needed to know what happened next.
These were my three favorite books of January. I strongly recommend any of them. You should add them to your reading list.
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