If you’re looking for a new book to read, here are all the Great Books I read in January!
I read some really wonderful books in January! All of the books were 4 and 5 star reads for me. That’s a great way to start the year.
It’s also a great list if you’re looking for something to read this month.
One of my big goals for the year is to reread 5 classic books that I loved in the past. So, my only plan for January was to read The Brothers Karamazov by Doestevsky. At nearly 800 pages, I figured anything else was a bonus.
And by that count, January was a success!
If you’re interested in more books, you can also follow me on Goodreads where I track everything I read. If you’re interested in what I read last year (131 books!), you can see the full list here on Goodreads. You can also see my favorite books of 2018 here.
January 2019 Reading
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor | This fantastic middle grade novel brought me to tears. Mason Buttle, may be the largest kid in the seventh grade, and he may have a sweat gland problem and a lot of trouble reading, but I just fell in love with him.
The Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny | Another cozy mystery – the latest in the Gamache series. Pure pleasure reading.
The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones | All the books in this Chrestomanci series are wonderful on audio. I love books about magic.
Front Desk by Kelly Yang | I wrote more about this book here. It was an amazing middle grade read based on the author’s real life experience immigrating to the U.S. from China in the 1980’s. I highly recommend this one.
Transcription by Kate Atkinson | I wrote more about this book here. It’s an engaging, twisty World War II British espionage novel. Loved it!
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden | This book scared me to death. And it’s a book for kids! I thought I’d read a couple chapters before bed and ended up staying up late and finishing. I knew I wouldn’t be able to sleep without a resolution. It’s super CREEPY. But very well done.
The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee | I read this for book club and found the author’s account of her escape from North Korea very compelling. I keep talking about this one.
The Long Lost Home by Mary Rose Wood | We finally finished the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. We’ve been reading them aloud as a family for so long now (we read all but the last one twice) so it was bittersweet to finally end. Definitely one of the best series we’ve ever read aloud together. This will be a family favorite forever.
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty | I thought this was so charming! An ordinary girl that’s struck by lightning and suddenly becomes a math savant! It sounds kind of awesome, but then she has to go to middle school, which is anything but awesome. A very sweet, fun middle grade story about friendship and fitting in.
Boston Jane: An Adventure by Jennifer L. Holm | A light, fun historical fiction read about a 16 year old girl who heads out west on her own in the 1850’s to get married. It’s a trilogy and I’ll be reading the next two for sure.
The Brothers Karmazov by Fyodor Doestoevsky | I hadn’t read this in years. I’d actually even forgotten who committed the murder. I loved it though – all 776 pages!
What have you read recently that you’d recommend?
I’m especially interested in more classic books right now. In addition to the 5 Classics I want to reread, I’d like to read 5 Classics that I’ve never read before.
I listened to the audio version of Becoming, by Michelle Obama. It is read be Michelle and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. It is insightful, educating and very personal.