In my senior year of university I had to take an entertainment writing class to round out my journalism degree. My midterm involved writing a review of something (it might have been a book or a play or a movie, I can’t remember what exactly anymore), and long story short I got a D. I pretty much failed at writing a review. It was the only D I ever got, and it stung. Luckily my final was writing a feature piece about an artist, and I excelled at that sort of thing, so I ended up passing the class with an A. But. This near-failure has stayed with me.
I will be turning 35 years old this year. It’s constantly kind of a shock to me, since I still think of myself as between the ages of 18 and 22: at the very brink of a new life full of possibility, and every day discovering something new about myself.
The truth is though that I’m smack dab in the middle of my life – a wonderful life, if I do say so myself – and while I am still occasionally discovering new things about myself, mostly I am just recognizing my personal truths. And one of my personal truths is this: I love to read, and I love to recommend books to others, but I don’t particularly love to write a monthly synopsis of ALL the books I’ve read. And I’m not particularly good at it. Hence, my monthly reading wrap-ups have fallen by the wayside.
I’d like to return to writing a monthly list of what I read, for posterity’s sake, but I’m going to keep it simple this time. Just a list of the book titles and authors. If I really hate it I might make note of that, but otherwise I probably loved it, and you should probably read it too.
So, at long last, here are the books I read in January:
- A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin
- The Real Minerva by Mary Sharratt
- Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown
- Eliza Waite by Ashley E. Sweeney
- The Valley by Helen Bryan
- Doc by Mary Doria Russell
- Gold, Fame, Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins (great dystopian near-future read!)
- Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon
In case this just isn’t enough for you, I am planning an occasional book review series focusing on homesteading, farming and gardening books, and I will be doing a complete review of those (as well as offering some giveaways, so stay tuned!) In the meantime, happy reading!