Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What I'm Reading: January Books

I haven't consistently read in a long time, friends. Life with two boys is busy and I just don't have the time that I used to. I could fall into bed with a book each night but the truth is that more often than not I climb in and turn the television on. As I type this the tv is on mute, Eddie is snoring away, and I am surrounded by two books I'm working on plus my Daniel Bible Study. {Has anyone else done Beth Moore's Daniel??? It is fantastic! I am learning so much!}

So...three books for January is all you get, unfortunately. So far I've already read more in February than I did the whole month of January.

* The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. This was a book club read a few months back but I was unable to go and never started the book. I finally got around to it but life was busy and it took me a while to finish. Unfortunately, I think that's why I didn't enjoy it. This is the first Agatha Christie book I've read. The book is about a French investigator who is trying to solve a crime in the small town he's recently moved to. Because it's a small town it's easy for everyone to point fingers. The story unwinds as Poirot (the investigator) begins to learn the secrets people are keeping. I wasn't a huge fan of how the end played out. I hate to say that and ruin it, but I just wasn't. The ending was odd and totally {to me} unexpected. Maybe re-reading it would help? I don't know. I'll try another!

* Project Organize Your Entire Life: The Quick Start Guide by Stephanie Morgan. I stumbled upon this through another blog and it was an e-book that I downloaded to my Kindle for not much. (I think the price has gone up.) It's obviously an organizational guide but it was such a no-brainer that I wouldn't suggest wasting your money. It was a good, quick read but the suggestions she gives for getting organized are things that should probably be easy enough to come up with on your own.

* The Christmas Train by David Baldacci. Have I already mentioned this one on here? Forgive me if I have! This was book club's Christmas pick. Eddie really enjoys David Baldacci so I was looking forward to this one. I think it's only redeeming quality that it was SUCH an easy read. I read it over Christmas, really, and while we were traveling. The story follows a writer on a train across the U.S. The basic storyline is that the writer gets onto the train and runs into his old love, whom he's never truly gotten over. The story follows them through their emotions of seeing one another for the first time in years and also his interactions with lots of other characters on the train. And there are quite some characters! While I would love to say that this was a sweet little book, it was just TOTALLY predictable...right up until the end when it wasn't. But he should have just continued with predictable. Ha! Is that a terrible synopsis or what? This is definitely a travel read. It wasn't difficult to keep up with the characters or keep the storyline moving, just don't go into it expecting great literature!

So what's on my nightstand now?

* Mile Markers by Kristen Armstrong
* The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
* Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

And tomorrow I'm headed to the library to pick up two Michael Crichton books and the newest Mitch Albom book. Thankfully, I may be remembering how to turn OFF the television and pick up a book in the evenings! I am hoping that my "What I'm Reading" post for February will be much longer!

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