January Reads


As you may remember from my post in January, one of my 2013 Goals is to read 15 books. Last month I made it through four books, in large part because of our trip to Mexico. I think I brought 5 or 6 books on the trip but only made it through 3.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - This was an incredibly moving book and my favourite January read. Told from the perspective of a teenage boy named Charlie via letters to an anonymous person, this is a coming-of-age story that definitely evokes memories of growing up. As this book is quite short it took no time to finish. It definitely packs a punch for such a small book. I'll be keeping this in my collection.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris - This is actually Grant's book and he read it years ago. I really enjoyed this series of essays. There were quite a few laugh-out-loud moments in this book and I plan to read When You Are Engulfed in Flames this year as well. It's not a heavy read but a nice break from my usual reading content.

Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga by Hunter S. Thompson - I didn't totally fall head-over-heals for this book. I love Hunter S. Thompson's writing style and there was a great deal of interesting content in the book but I was bored in parts as well. We started watching Sons of Anarchy last month and I wanted to get some background info on motorcycle gangs. If you're interested in the Hell's Angels early days or you're a fan of Thompson, I'd recommend the book but it's probably not for everyone.

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness - This is the second book in the All Souls Trilogy and frack was this a long book! I actually started this before Christmas and couldn't get into it so I put it down until we got back from Mexico. I have mixed feelings about this trilogy. There are witches, vampires, daemons, alchemy, and A LOT of history. The author is professor of History at USC and she brings her wealth of knowledge to her writing. I could do without the romance but I will probably end up reading the final book in the series when it comes out. I don't know that I would necessarily recommend this book.

I'd say I'm well on my way to completing this goal. I have a number of books waiting to be read and I'm eager to get more under my belt.