January Reading List!!

Happy New Year!!


I’ve been doing LOTS of reading this month.  I sit and feed Lucy a lot, and it’s a perfect opportunity to catch up on books on my iPad.  That’s the dangerous thing about E Readers…you finish one book and can buy another right away!!


I’m REALLY excited about some of the books I’ve already read from this month’s list.  I haven’t read all of them yet, but I’ve read a few and they are so SO good.  I can’t wait for you to read them too and share your thoughts with me!!


Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Tell the Wolves I’m Home

The description, via Amazon.com:

In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.
1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.
At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.
An emotionally charged coming-of-age novel, Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.

I read this book and really, really liked it.  It’s young adult, but definitely great for adults too.

whataliceforgotWhat Alice Forgot

The description, via Amazon.com:

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, , she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…

I read this book last week and really loved it.  It was hard to put down because there was a lot of suspense…you keep wondering how she has ended up with the life she has now, considering what she remembers from ten years ago.  This book reminded me a lot of Sophie Kinsella’s books — lighthearted and fun, but with some substance.  I highly recommend it!!




The description, via Amazon.com:

Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career—if he can untangle himself from his difficult family life. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur’s. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene’s unexpected phone call to Arthur—a plea for help—that shatters their isolation. Told with warmth and intelligence through Arthur and Kel’s own quirky and lovable voices, Heft is the story of two improbable heroes whose connection transforms both their lives. It is a memorable, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive novel about finding sustenance and friendship in the most surprising places.

This book was recommended by my friend Kristen on her site and AH MAH GAH, y’all.  So good.  SO GOOD.  If you read one book on this list, read Heft.  I absolutely loved it and was so sad when it was over.  I truly missed the characters and desperately wish for a sequel.


This Bright River

The book description, via Amazon.com:

Lauren Sheehan’s career in medicine came to a halt after a sequence of violent events abroad. Now she’s back in the safest place she knows–St. Helens, Wisconsin–cut off from career, friendship, and romance.

Ben Hanson’s aimless life bottomed out when he went to prison. But after his release, a surprising offer from his father draws him home. In Wisconsin, he finds his family fractured, still unable to face the truth behind his troubled cousin’s death a decade earlier.

As Lauren cautiously expands her world and Ben tries to unravel the mysteries of his family and himself, their paths intersect. Could each be exactly what the other needs?

A compelling family drama and a surprising love story, This Bright River confirms Patrick Somerville’s status as one of the most exciting young writers at work today.

The reviews on this book are varied, but I think it sounds really interesting.


The Passage


The book description, via Amazon.com:

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival,The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

One of my friends recommended this book to me, and another friend read it and loved it too, so now I have to read it!!  It’s long, but it sounds good, and different from what I normally read.


Those are all my choices for this month!!  I can’t wait to finish reading the others on my list and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. 1
    Amy says:

    Yay, I love new reading lists!

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    Kristen says:

    So many new books to read, thanks for sharing! I received gift cards for Christmas, might have to go and use them today!

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    Amy says:

    The Passage is amazing! The first few chapters are a little hard to get through, but then I could not put this book down. The follow up book is just as amazing. I’ll have to try a book on your list, as our tastes on reading are similar.

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      Jennifer says:

      Totally agree Amy. A litle slow at the beginning, but then I couldn’t put it down. Not at all like the other “vampire” books out there. Haven’t read the second, but it’s on my To Read List!

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    Joycelyn says:

    These look good, I had heard about and considered “what Alice forgot”. I think that is going towards the top of my list now! I always find something good to read from your lists, I’m very glad you do them!

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    Marie M.C. says:

    Think I’ll put “What Alice Forgot” at the top of my reading list. I started “Assassination Vacation” last night. Already half way through. Never thought a non-fiction book about the assassinations of American Presidents could be funny (VERY FUNNY) and informative. Never thought I’d want to learn about the man who killed President Garfield either. I was wrong.
    Has anyone used the Goodreads website? Just joined. Heaven knows if I can remember ALL the books I’ve read over the past sixty plus years. Funny how one forgets so many books — the bad, the indifferent, the popcorn books. (I define popcorn books as the ones that go down fast and yummy but then you forget and the next night get a yen for popcorn with LOTS of butter, again. I always loved to read and eat popcorn. I’d use chopsticks so I wouldn’t get greasy hands. I know, weird.) And I can’t forget the guilty pleasures. You know, lot’s of sex, drugs, rock and roll. The books that sell in the millions and made their authors RICH! The first one I read in high school was Peyton Place. It was considered a “dirty book”!!! One girl kept it in her locker and we’d sneak peeks. Now 50 Shades of Grey isn’t considered scandalous, just . . .??? Interesting what a passage of 50 years will do to public perception. I I wonder what we’ll be reading in 2063?

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    Kristen says:

    I am so glad you loved Heft – it was sooooo good. One of my favorite books, ever! I want there to be more!
    What Alice Forgot is my next book up. I’m currently reading The Art of Racing in the Rain… it’s a sweet book.
    I am impressed you are reading with a new baby :)

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    Maria says:

    Thanks for the suggestions. I am currently reading The Secret Keeper and I really like it, it’s one of those ..can’t put down books. Heft sounds good and What Alice Forgot has also been on my list.

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    Becky W says:

    I used to read a TON while nursing my babies, too!! Author Kristin Hannah recommended The Passage so I’ve added that one to my list as well. A friend has read What Alice Forgot and she really liked it. Happy reading!

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    Theresa says:

    I get so excited when I see that you have posted your reading list!! So far I have loved everything you have posted…This month I am sure will be the same…I already had all these books on my book shelf just waiting for me to pick them :)… Happy January!!!!

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    Steph says:

    The passage ended up being a really good book. It really took me a while to get through the first 1/3 of this book. Once I got past that I ended up liking it. I think “The Twelve” (2nd book in the series) was even better. Is a great twist on the whole vampire genre.

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    Jill says:

    I love love love your reading suggestions! I’ read Heft this week and loved it-my husband did too!

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    Niki Luna says:

    I read “What Alice forgot” because of this list…. I LOVED IT!!! Thank you for the suggestion!

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    Sarah says:

    I read “What Alice Forgot,” and it made me think a lot about my marriage and my priorities. It was an easy read but still very thought -provoking


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