Reading With the Seasons: New Year's Wrap-up

Jan 31, 2013

It's the last day of January, and I am not sad to kiss (or maybe I should say kick?) this month good-bye. The arrival of February means we're one month closer to spring. Happiness.

As a farewell, here are some of the books that were suggested (or that I found throughout the month) that would be great reads to begin the new year with.

In my post at the beginning of the month, I mentioned my plan to read both Happier at Home and Bringing Up Bébé. I will be reviewing them shortly, but they were both very good and totally rejuvenated my attitude and my motivation. I also mentioned Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, which I loved and reviewed here. I also finished A Thomas Jefferson Education.  And last, I also mentioned my nerdy speed reading book, which I'm diligently trying to implement and also The God Who Weeps, which I've been reading in small doses.

And here are a few new suggestions:
  • Alli said she's reading Les Miserables (unabridged) by Victor Hugo. With the new movie, I know a lot of people who are reading or re-reading this classic.
  • Kendra mentioned The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, 5 Spiritual Solutions for Everyday Parenting Challenges by Richard and Linda Eyre, and An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski. I thought all of these were great suggestions for getting the year started off right!
  • Lindsay suggested some thought provoking reads: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich and The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
  • Samantha said she was reading Villette by Charlotte Bronte--always nice to start off the year with a classic!
  • At Writing Beckles, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey was suggested as a good winter read. 
  • One of the books that got some Newbery buzz (but didn't win) was Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed--a short book of vignettes that sounds appropriately winterish. I'm saving this for next year.
And now, it's time to move onto the month of LOVE! Get ready to share and suggest your favorite love stories and relationship books tomorrow!


  1. I read The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns several years ago. They are amazing books, but *intense*, especially A Thousand Splendid Suns. Kind of uncomfortable to read at times, but you come away with a fresh perspective.

    I also read the unabridged Les Miserables a number of years ago :)


    1. Yes, I've heard both of those are pretty intense, which is why I've been somewhat hesitant to read them.

  2. Thanks for the blog love! I agree with Maria -- both The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns are very intense and almost painful to read because they're so real. But I still recommend them wholeheartedly for what they teach you about humanity and forgiveness.

    Also, I am SO glad that I read Les Miserables about four years ago. It takes a long time, but it's worth it. And anything Mitch Albom writes is gold. I'll have to pick up "The Time Keeper!"


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