Everyone is preaching that January was the longest month on record (note the hyperbolized meme floating around). My January, however, felt fleeting. I’m sure that’s majorly attributed to the fact I spent the entire duration in the climates of Charleston and Scottsdale — sans polar vortexes. It was so fleeting that I only managed to fit in four books off my reading list. Aside from writing, reading is a writer’s most important job, so I’m looking forward to giving major TLC to TBR pile. Here are the five books already on my Kindle or packed in my suitcase (as always, three fiction and two non-ficiton):
YA isn’t the genre I typically reach for but the buzz of this New York Times bestseller couldn’t be ignored. I’m only half way into this dazzling, fantastical escape and it’s the perfect literary potion of seriously delicious prose, unputdownable plot and gorgeously developed characters. All set in 1889 Paris, and Paris is always a good idea (especially when Chockshi takes you there).
I know once I pick this one up I’m stuck in a rabbit hole. A sleeping epidemic hits a town in Southern California, leaving many of its residents in a perpetual slumber (and a hyperactive state of dreaming). Terrifying and provocative, and I’m so ready for it.
I feel like reading this is seasonally appropriate as long as the Hallmark channel is still airing Christmas movies (which, btw, it is). I’ll probably sneak this London-based love story in ASAP before Valentine’s Day. This love story starts when a commuting Londoner has a “love at first sight” moment with a man outside the bus window. Charming, adorable and required for superfluous romance endorphins.
When I found myself in happy Netflix tears (not sure what hormones bit me) over this Japanese dreamboat woman, I knew I had to immediately own her book. I am currently in the midst of gracefully letting go of everything in my life that doesn’t spark joy or serve toward my big picture. While her art focuses on the Japanese ways tidying up the home, I believe Kondo’s magical method can bring a deeper joy at every level of life.
I’m a stubborn, skeptical-of-everything-I’m-told woman. After reading only a few pages in a sampler last month, and the indisputable facts within it, I’m going 100% vegetarian. I can’t wait to read the rest.