January Reads.

February 5, 2016


The blog was abandoned in January, but I am back to tell you what I read this last month. My goal in 2015 was to read 52 books and I came up short with a total of 41 books read. I’m trying for 52 again this year and so far, so good!

  1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    This one was recommended by my friend, Katie. I really enjoyed it. It is technically a children’s book, but a classic….and expect to see several more juvenile fiction books in future posts.
    The plot is about a ten-year old girl who is orphaned and sent to live with her Uncle. She finds out about a mysterious secret garden and makes some friends and a lot of discoveries along the way.My rating: 4/5 stars
    Average Goodreads rating: 4.1/5 stars

    2. Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus by Kyle Idleman
    I started this one a couple of months ago and finally finished it in January. I definitely recommend it. This book definitely had a lot of underlining and highlighting by the time I was finished with it. It was convicting at times and talked about topics that sometimes get swept under the rug in favor of topics that make Christianity sound more appealing. We tend to talk about all the wonderful things that come with being a Christian, but forget that it also requires sacrifice and being a servant. We used curriculum based on this book for our youth class at church and it was one of my favorite series we’ve taught.My rating: 5/5 stars
    Average Goodreads rating: 4.25/5 stars

    3. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
    I finally got around to Gretchen Rubin’s two other books that I’ve mentioned on the blog a few different times. This one didn’t live up to The Happiness Project, but I definitely enjoyed it. In this book, Gretchen Rubin writes about what resolutions she tried to follow to make home a happier place than it already was. She focused on a different area each month for 9 months. These areas included possessions, parenting, marriage, etc. If you decide to read anything by Gretchen Rubin, I would say start with The Happiness Project and then read Better than Before. This one you can really either take or leave. Although, I did enjoy it and still gave it a high rating.

    My rating: 4/5 stars
    Average Goodreads rating: 3.46/5 stars

    4. The Death Cure by James Dashner

    I read the first 2 books of this series last year and really enjoyed them and gave them 4 out of 5 stars. The Death Cure might be my favorite of the series. If you like the dystopian genre and haven’t read this series, I would recommend it. However, I definitely liked The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies better. I plan to read the prequel to this series, The Kill Order, soon.

    My rating: 5 stars
    Average Goodreads rating: 3.78/5 stars

    5. Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
    In this book, Rubin gave strategies for how to develop good habits and how to get rid of bad habits. She gave a lot of practical examples involving her life and the lives of her friends and family. She also divides us all into four categories – upholders, questioners, obligers, and rebels. Depending on which category you belong in changes the strategies that will work for you. I wrote about this in a previous post.

    My rating: 5/5 stars
    Average Goodreads rating: 3.8/5 stars

I really hope to get back to posting more frequently this month! I hope everyone has a great weekend.

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