52 book challenge

January Reads | 52 Book Challenge

Today is January 31st, which means its time for my January reading wrap up!


As you may know, I am challenging myself to read 52 books in the year of 2016, and in January I completed eight books! EIGHT!

Anyway, here are the books I read this month:

  1. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Mari Kondo. This is not normally a book I would reach for, but in an attempt to step outside of my reading comfort zone, I am participating in the Paper & Glam book club, and this was the pick for January. This book was pretty short, but took me a while to read because I found it to be extremely repetitive. Some of the tips were useful, and I have already “tidied up” quite a bit as a result, but others were a bit out there for me (like the notion that objects become tired after being used all day and should be folded in a way that makes them “happy”). Overall, I would probably not recommend this book and plan on donating my copy.
  2. The Magicians by Lev Grossman. This book was marketed as being “Harry Potter for adults,” and as a passionate lover of HP, I decided to pick it up. I wouldn’t necessarily agree with it being similar to Harry Potter, but I still enjoyed it. I am definitely going to continue the series.
  3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. THIS BOOK. It was SO good. I downloaded it on my Kindle on a whim, without really knowing much about it. I was quickly sucked in and finished it 2 days later. Be warned: this book is incredibly sad. I ugly-cried at the end. But it was so worth it.
  4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I read this book in one day. It was a very quick read, and very enjoyable. Amy Poehler is an extremely likeable narrator and her book is equal parts funny and inspiring. It felt like listening to an old friend tell you stories and give you advice.
  5. Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler. This book took me awhile to get into, but once I did I flew through. It follows Chelsea on her trip to Africa and on several other adventures afterwards, and is pretty funny (but some parts may be offensive if you are sensitive to racist jokes. Basically, if you don’t like Chelsea Handler’s humor, avoid this book). Ironically, this book includes some great advice about travelling: “And last but not least, go for it. Go wherever you can afford to go with whomever you can get to go with you.”
  6. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. I bought this book because I found it for super cheap on Book Outlet and was curious about Murakami. One night, I picked this up to read a chapter before bed… I wasn’t really feeling it at the time but forced myself to read it anyway. The next thing I knew, it was 1am, and I had finished the entire book.This book was extremely engrossing and I can’t wait to pick up another one of Murakami’s novels.
  7. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. I read this book as part of Emma Watson’s new book club Our Shared Shelf. This book was a bit of a slower read for me, but was still very interesting. I enjoyed Steinem’s writing style and learned a lot about the history of the feminist movement (a subject I previously didn’t have much interest in, but enjoyed learning about!)
  8. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakmi. This is Murakami’s “memoir,” which I also picked up for super cheap on Book Outlet (seriously, check it out). It was a super short and quick read about running, writing, and how they intersect. It sounds pretty boring when described that way, but as a runner and aspiring writer I really appreciated it.

So, that’s where I’m at so far! I’m a bit ahead of my goal, and I’m hoping it stays that way… but who knows what February will bring!

What have you been reading so far this year? Let me know down below!

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