Sunday, February 3, 2013

Books I Read in January

I'd love to tell you all about my weekend, but I spent it recuperating from my gashed & stitched finger, only to be struck by what I think was food poisoning! I hardly even paid attention to the Superbowl. :( Thankfully, I seem to be on the mend . . . even though at this point, I never want to eat again.

Although I haven't set a specific goal for myself in terms of number of books I want to read in 2013 (although Tara is reading 100!!! Can you believe it? She's a machine!), I am committed to reading a lot more as a whole, and my new kindle has been a great help! I love hearing about what everyone else has been reading, so here's my list for 2013 so far:


I loved this book so much. Tina Fey is hilarious and awesome. She talks about her adolescence, her young adulthood, her career, 30 Rock, her husband and daughter (the second one hadn't been born yet!), and she does it all with such frankness and humor. I'd recommend this to anyone!

Source: goodreads.com via Betty on Pinterest

I read this on Matt's recommendation. It was well written and exquisitely sad. It's about a farmer family in Wisconsin with two daughters hit by two unusual (and consecutive) tragedies. The mother is taken to prison for dubious reasons, and the farmer father is left to raise his two girls, all while being shunned by the community for his wife's alleged crime. A fascinating read, for sure, but you gotta have stamina for sustained sadness.


This was free on kindle, and I downloaded it because I needed something super light after A Map of the World. It was a quick and easy read, but ultimately, it was ridiculous. Silly, cliche plot, predictable characters, poor writing choices, cheesy ending. Ugh. Don't bother.


OMFG this book was more deranged than Gone Girl. It was really good, though: well written, bravely written, complex, dynamic characters, attacked multiple issues. The plot centers around a Chicago reporter sent back to her hometown in Missouri to investigate and report on two child murders. The details are harrowing and what she discovers is even more disturbing. Pretty sure every single character in this book is seriously f'ed up. If you liked Gone Girl, try this one next . . . but be forewarned, it is CREEPY TO THE MAX.

I work in publishing, so I read a lot for work, too. I think that's why I was getting off track with personal reading, but I'm recommitted now! Did you read anything noteworthy this past month?

28 comments:

Megan said...

All these books sound good - Tina Fey's book was already on my list of things to read but think I will add the other three too. However I have barely read anything lately so it might take me awhile to get round to it.

Belen said...

"Ugh don't bother" Haha, I could hear your voice in my head and it made me laugh. (Even though I've never actually heard your voice, lol.) That's how I felt when my best friend begged me to give 50 Shades a try. I read the first to make her happy, but then I gave up on the 2nd and 3rd. I honestly skimmed thru the 2nd without reading more than two lines a page and was too annoyed.

Meg O. said...

Bossypants is on my list! Can't wait to read it!

Helene said...

I adore Bossypants!! so since we have the same taste in books I will have to check the other ones you mentioned!

RadiantKristen said...

I keep meaning to read Bossypants, I've heard it's hilarious. Right now my life seems to be consumed with Accounting textbooks, and when it's not, I tend towards really fluffy, east to read books, simply because I don't have that much reading stamina anymore. Maybe after this next degree I can go back to being proud of my literary choices...

Gone Girl gave me serious nightmares. I don't think I'll be reading anymore of Flynn's books.

Allison said...

I love your list - Bossypants was incredible! And it's always nice to have a fellow non-fan of "fluff" books, despite how easy they are to read!
I'm reading Gone Girl right now - haven't gotten to anything seriously fucked up yet, but I'm sure it's coming and am now anticipating nightmares.

starnes family said...

I read Sharp Objects years ago before Flynn became Flynn well known for Gone Girl. I think it's the best of all of them. Need to read the other one, too.

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

I have yet to read Bossypants, which its like I'm committing a sin waiting around for that to happen.

This month I read John Dies at the End (strange, very strange. but if you like sci-fi adventure weirdness, its really interesting. long though...) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (which was really good. also strange, I like strange books best I think).

Next up is Gone Girl!

meghan said...

You should listen to Bossypants on tape. Tina Fey dictates it and it is so funny to hear her stories told in her own voice. She's hilarious, and I listened to it on a long car ride and was dying laughing in the car on the freeway. I got stuck in traffic once and I think someone thought I was insane when they saw me cackling. It was great! You'll love it.

Kim @ Slice of Life said...

omg. MORE deranged than gone girl? gotta read it! ...but i'm scared!

im also on a mission to read more this year. my goal is 50 books (or 40...can't remember) my problem is that i go through reading phases so some weeks ill read 2-3 books and then ill go a month without finishing anything (i feel like i'm cheating on the book i just finished if i just rush and take up with a new book! lol!)

we're reading 'something borrowed' this month for our book club so that should be a nice light read! then maybe ill delve into some sharp objects! haa!

Christianna said...

These all sound cool! You work in publishing? How did I not know this. I'm working on my first YA novel right now and just started a YA book blog! Cook beans!

Lindsay @ Bella Cene said...

I have been thinking about reading Tina Fey's book. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Fey = hilarious. I loved her ode to her future daughter in that book.

A Map of the World made me so so sad. It was a great book though.

I was a fan of all three of Gillian Flynn's books. She does dark well.

tara said...

bossypants has been on my list for forever! i need to finally read it!

April said...

The only one of these I've read myself is Sharp Objects and I must be crazy cause I hated that shit. I didn't really like Gone Girl either, so. Everyone else loves her books so much. I'm broken. haha

I didn't finish any books in January. I'm so jealous of you. I meant to read before bed every night, but I only do it about twice a week. And that's a good week. I've started Beautiful Creatures and The Rum Diary and haven't finished either one. What a failure. I've made a lot of progress in Beautiful Creatures recently though. I'm on my way!

Deals, Steals and Heels said...

tina fey can do no wrong in my eyes, and bossypants is NO exception. especially since my nickname with 2 of my friends is BP =)

i read the first 2 books in the beautiful creatures series, and i loved them!!

Christina said...

I've heard that A Map of the World was really good, but yeah, I don't know if I can handle that! I would cry every night before bed.

Krystal said...

thanks for the reviews!! i'm reading 'far from the tree' right now by andrew soloman...it is incredible!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Great list! Seriously, why have I not watched Bossypants? My husband and I are rewatching "30 Rock" now and it is is still hilarious.
I'm reading a book about a financial crisis in 1998 based on my husband's recommendation. Not the most exciting book, but actually pretty decent...

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Zoƫ said...

I read The Wine of Solitude by Irene Nemirovsky, it was beautiful! I am planning to read Gone Girl this month, so maybe that'll happen. I've heard great things about Flynn. Happy reading though :) 100 is my goal. I read way more than that the last 2 years, but I'm trying to focus on my own writing this year as well and not just other peoples'. I didn't realize you worked in publishing, so jealous! What an amazing job :)

Kristin W said...

I really want to read Bossypants! Haha, I am going for 12 books for the year. Goodreads said I did 11 last year but I'm not sure if that's accurate. 12 sounds pathetic in comparison to 100. I figure 1/month is do-able? If I do more, I'll give myself a double pat on the back!

Micaela said...

I was def. intrigued by "A Map of The World" when we briefly discussed it over Jessie's wedding weekend.

I actually bought Tina Fey's book for Chip today while thrifting :) I got it for free because I bought 3 children's books for Felix (for seriously on the cheap! Children's books are so expensive at store).

Goodness, I have not been reading anything but Clifford the Big Red Dog (one of my faves!). I am embarrassed I haven't finished Mindy Kaling's book and usually I would have been done with that in a day and a half.

melifaif said...

Pretty sure I need to read Sharp Objects. Because I am deranged that way. :) Cheers!

drollgirl said...

must read bossy pants already. it has been recommended to me SO MANY TIME! must!

i remember map of the world was so sad, but i remember NOTHING else about it. if i need a downer book, i will re-read it. LOL!

i started infinite jest, and put it down. that book will take patience and time to get through, and i just have little of either right now.

finishing up a book on frances farmer after watching a movie about her. horror factor eleven. the book is not entirely believable, but if even half of what she wrote is true, it is MORTIFYING. blog post on this someday. maybe.

i just got a book that you recommended. i cannot remember the title (MY BRAIN!), but i can't wait to read it. it will be next up in my reading Q!

hoping to read at least a book a month this year. that should be doable, but it sure doesn't sound impressive!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I have Gone Girl and Sharp Objects on my list to read but now I'm kinda nervous about them! I don't like to read things that are too intense when I'm home alone. lol

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

PS: Glad to hear you are feeling better!

Chloe Moon said...

I always forget to look for Bossypants when I'm in the library!!! I have to check it out!! =P

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Shoshanah said...

I've never seen A Map of the World before, but it looks really interesting. I'm always looking for new books to try, and it definitely sounds like one I'd enjoy.