It seems that January is the month that I read the most. This has nothing to do with resolutions, fresh starts or that kind thing as you may think though. It has more to do with fewer hours of daylight and coming off of the busy season and craving down time. I read some great books this past month. I enjoyed every spare second that I had to read and hope I can steal this much time for reading this month as well. Here is what I read:
1. The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman. I like her magical books, but sometimes they feel as though she’s churning out just another of the same things. This felt a little like that. I prefer her historical fiction writing and should really pay attention to which genre of her books I’m buying. It was still a fun book though, good for a weekend read.
2. Hannah’s Dream by Diane Hammond. A wonderful story about a rescued elephant and her life with her keeper. I cried. It was lovely. If you have ever felt a strong connection to an animal, you’ll love it.
3. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan. I have never read a Tan book that I didn’t love. Set both in the past and present, Tan weaves the tale of two sisters and their stories masterfully. Her writing is beautiful and captivating.
4. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. I wasn’t paying much attention when I bought this one, and didn’t realize until I began reading it that it was about a leper colony in Hawaii. It was fascinating, well written and engaging.
5. When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman. The story of a young girl through adulthood and her relationships with friends and family. I tore through it in I think two days, I couldn’t put it down.
6. New York by Edward Rutherford. I LOVED this book. I finished it this month but it took me months to read it (at 860 pages, not surprising), little bits at a time. It is the story of NY, told through one family through the generations. It was slow to get into, but growing up here and reading about it’s unfurling over time was really cool. I cannot wait to read the rest of his books.
7. Good Mourning by Elizabeth Meyer. A biography about working in the funeral business. I have read many books about death and funerals. This one was more of the “party” planning aspect of it, and a bit gossipy, an area I’m not much into reading about, but it was still interesting none the less. It was a good deal more biography than I thought, but I got into it.
8. Lessons Of A Lipstick Queen by Poppy King. Poppy King founded her lipstick company when she was a teenager and this was her story. I read it as a biography about someone building a business and loved it for that. I read a few reviews where people thought it would be about running a business and were bitter it was not. So note that if you are interested. If you’re a fan of business biographies, it’s not the best, but it’s a quick read.
9. The Martha Rules by Martha Stewart. This was the book Stewart began writing from prison and was basically her sharing what are her important rules of business, peppered with personal anecdotes. Its 12 years old and dates itself a few times technology wise, but the basis of it will never go out of style. It’s a quick read and if you love Martha, a must.
10. 6 Months To 6 Figures by Peter Voogd. Around the new year, I was on CreativeLive.com and clicked on an on air class by Peter Voogd out of curiosity. I loved his energy and philosophies on life and business so I ended up buying the class and going through it. I then bought this book because I got really into his approach to goal setting and wanted to read more. He introduced me to the concept of morning routines that I am now obsessed with and although I still cannot believe I took a course and read a book with this title, it changed my life in a few ways. Hey, you never know where you’ll learn something amazing!