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January: What I Read

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Welcome to my first what I read post for 2018! I had so much fun writing what I read posts in 2017 that I’m keeping it going for another year. I’m excited to share my January reads with you today.


In January, I listened to:

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. A solid, interesting read. I’ll be honest: I’m not a science person at all. I would have to listen to this book several more times and probably have someone explain whole chunks of it to me to feel like I really got it all. But I still thought it was really interesting and learned a lot from it.
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. I really enjoyed When You’re Engulfed in Flames, as much as I enjoyed Me Talk Pretty One Day. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve read Sedaris’s Theft by Finding diaries now and know so much more about his background or if the writing is simply stellar. Probably both. Either way, it’s definitely one of Sedaris’s strongest collections.
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell. Another stellar Malcolm Gladwell book. I know several people who regularly reference his full court press basketball story from this book and am glad that I’ve read it in its entirety now (as well as the rest of the book, of course).
  • Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. I absolutely loved The Princess Diarist, way more than I expected to like it. I might like Wishful Drinking even more. Fisher’s writing is raw, honest, and candid, and her dry, sarcastic sense of humor kills me. I can’t write any of my favorite Wishful Drinking lines here because I try to keep things PG on the blog. But her one-liners are just priceless, truly laugh out loud by yourself funny.

In January, I read:

  • Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks. So, Tom Hanks is a fantastic writer. If you’ve seen That Thing You Do, it should come as no surprise that his first collection of short stories is on that level. (If you haven’t, please go watch it ASAP.) He has a great variety of characters, settings, time periods, etc. And I love the tie-in of the typewriter theme throughout the book.
  • Natural Disaster by Ginger Zee. I read Ginger Zee’s book because we went to the same undergrad. She also has relatives in my home town. So while I don’t know her, we know a lot of people in common, and I’ve been hearing Ginger Zee stories through the grapevine for years. For the right person, Natural Disaster is a powerful, must-read book. I’m not that person. I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but the chapter order was confusing, which always bugs me in memoirs. Her writing is okay but leaves a lot to be desired.

In January, I re-read:

  • Harry Potter and the Sourcer’s Stone. You may or may not remember that in my 2018 goals post, I shared that there are a number of books I want to re-read this year. First up on the re-read list is the entire Harry Potter series. I have only re-read the first three books and not since college. I wasn’t sure what it would be like re-reading books I really loved a long time ago. Are they still that good and all that. Yeah, the Harry Potter books are still really really good. The writing is top notch. The characters and themes are timeless. If you have only watched the movies, you are missing out. I think that the movies are well done, but the books are so much better. Now I just want to stay up until 1 a.m. every night re-reading Harry Potter.

What have you been reading lately?

I’m always looking for new recommendations!

More reading posts:

2017 Reading List + Tips for Reading More Books | http://www.roseclearfield.com

My 2017 Reading List + Tips for Reading More Books

June: What I Read | http://www.roseclearfield.com

June: What I Read

May 2017 Reads | http://www.roseclearfield.com

May: What I Read

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