2.10.2015

What I Read In January

I started off on such a roll, finishing a book every few days in the beginning of the month, but then mid-season TV started and I just stopped reading to watch. I'm still three books ahead of my Goodreads goal, so I'm not getting too down on myself. Anyway, take a look at what I read in January.



Anatomy of a Misfit I loved it! The writing style was great and the way the characters spoke made me chuckle constantly. In some ways it reminded me of Mean Girls or Heathers. I loved the main character, Anika, and her relationship with her best friend and her weird family dynamic. It wasn't always a happy story, but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. 


The Rosie Project People love this book and I just don't get it. I liked that the narrator wasn't typical for a rom-com, but knowing a little about Asperger Syndrome, I felt he was too unbelievable at times. And the story was so very predictable. I can see it being a cute, quirky movie though, and think Stephen Merchant would be amazing as Don. 



The Goldfinch This 771 page book could have easily been edited down to less than 500 and not lost a single part of the story. There was so much detail and a whole lot going on: a terrorist attack, an orphan, stolen art, a deadbeat dad, love, bad friends, drug abuse, NYC, Vegas, Amsterdam, the art world, corruption, gunfights... Phew! It was a good story, which I couldn't put down for the first 450 pages, but then it just wouldn't end. The detail (about the exciting life of antiques!) got boring and by the end, I didn't really like Theo anymore. I'm still glad I read it though. It had been on my list for a year. 



Are We There Yet? I loved this quick, easy story about the strained relationship of adult brothers on vacation in Italy. It made me really think about my own sons and their future. 


Lies We Tell Ourselves This story is set in Virginia in 1959 when school desegregation was just getting started. My dad and his siblings were bused to black schools, so this topic has always fascinated me. The story switches POV from Sarah, one of the first black students at an all-white school, to Linda, a white girl with a racist dad. They are partnered up for a school project and have to deal with their feelings of and for each other. It was really hard, but so important to read Sarah's chapters, and I was totally engrossed. But after a while I felt like the book was so issue-driven that it lost focus of it's characters. I also felt the love story was too annoying to root for. 


The Lover's Dictionary This book was refreshing. It's a quick, easy story, laid out in dictionary format. But instead of the definition following each word, there would be a short story, conversation, or description of an emotion or stage in the relationship. It sort of felt like I was reading journal entries, but like, really beautifully written journal entries, and not in chronological order. While I think the concept was cool and the writing was great, it wasn't an exceptional story. 

You can also read reviews of the NetGalley books I read in January right here.

Life According to Steph

13 comments:

Micah said...

Interesting reads. That dictionary one is really intriguing, if only for the writing style.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I added the first to my to read list.

I liked The Rosie Project because it was easy and quirky.

I could not get into The Goldfinch.

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

I'll put Misfits on my Goodreads! I guess I'll have to pick up Goldfinch on my own to see what the buzz is about.

Karen M. Peterson said...

You've been reading like crazy! I had a busy January, but February hasn't been as productive for me. I'll get back on track, though.

The Rosie Project sounds interesting, and I've just started hearing about The Goldfinch. I might give them both a read.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I was on a roll. I think I've read 7 books and 1 short story. That's a lot for me. I started another really good book, but don't have much time this week. It is a 3-day weekend though. Yay!

Gwen said...

Anatomy of a Misfit looks like fun! I'm also going to check out Lies We Tell Ourselves. I like hard-to-read books like that.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

Anatomy of a Misfit sounds very interesting. I added it to my list.

I really enjoyed The Rosie Project and as far as The Goldfinch, I give up. I've checked it out like 4 times and have yet to pick it up. If it's that easy to get sidetracked from it, I shouldn't waste my time.

Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand said...

I've added Misfit to my list. Lies We Tell Ourselves sounds interesting too.

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

Are we there yet sounds really interesting and Italy as a backdrop, count me in. I liked the Rosie Project but my nephew has Asperger's so i could relate to some of the tendencies.

Big Life Little Country said...

The Lovers Dictionary is one of my all time favourite books even though I agree with you about the story being .. well.. less than exceptional LOL. When I think of the Rosie Project I can only think of Jim Parsons playing the lead. My main problem reading that was the fact that I couldn't picture anybody but Sheldon :)

Elle Sees said...

i still have the goldfinch in my kindle. i've only read like 10 pages of it. and there it sits, taunting me

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Reading is magic it takes us to so many places

Kimberlee VDW said...

Damn television lol you've read more than I have! 711 pages, jeebus. Everyone is fussing about Girl on the Train so I ordered that. I'm going to take a break from "Reality Bites Back" to read it. RBB is so heavy and is making me hate guilty pleasure tv so I kinda need a break lol