Book Reviews xv: Best Books of January 2018

Feb 2

My reading life this month has been all. over. the place.  I felt like I couldn’t connect to one book long enough to finish it.  I kept wanting to pick up something new.  Maybe it’s because the books weren’t meeting me where I was, or maybe it’s just that I have SO MANY books on my To Be Read list!  I usually read 2-3 books at a time, but this has been annoying.  So here’s to a February of finishing just 2-3 books at a time!

A Simplified Life by Emily Ley —  I adore Emily Ley.  I’m currently on my 5th Simplified Planner that she makes, and I read Grace Not Perfection as soon as it came out!  A Simplified Life combines all of Emily’s awesome decluttering, simplifying, and organizing tips and tricks.  It inspired me to clean off my island (it stays pretty clean now!), get rid of extra junk lying around, clear out my junk drawers, and clean out my fridge.  It’s a very productive read!  Pick it up if you want to get thoughtful about your space, your heard, and your heart.

4/5 stars

Simplified Life by Emily Ley

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling —  I thought I would like Mindy’s first book more than Why Not Me because it would have more about how her career started and of course, The Office.  Since I read it at the beginning of the month and am reviewing it a few weeks later . . . I’m realizing that not much stuck out to me.

I did enjoy reading about Mindy’s early start in the writing biz and how she and a friend started a comedy sketch that took off.  But honestly, she is so self-deprecating about her own success and skills that you start to wonder if she actually has any.

2.5/5 stars

Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed —  WHEW.  I loved Wild, so when I found out that Cheryl Strayed was a mystery advice columnist who turned her columns into a book . . . it was like nirvana.  After waiting FOR.EV.ER for it to come in a library hold, I expected to devour this book.  I did not devour it, and not because it wasn’t outstanding.  It is outstanding.  So much so that you have to take it in slowly.  These readers asked some HEAVY questions, and she gave brilliant, deep, well-thought out answers in return.

Some of the letters deal with sex and love triangles and infidelity.  Some of them deal with loss and grief and motherhood and dealing with life.  I don’t buy many books that I’ve already read but . . . this might be one of them.

4.5/5 stars

milk and honey by rupi kaur — When I picked this one up from the librarian, I told her I had heard it’s not that great.  She told me a quiet, small voice, “It was very healing for me.”  After reading the first few poems, I realized why she seemed to say that with her whole heart.

This book is full of short, poignant poems divided into four categories: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing.  These poems took me back to some old heartache of my own, and while some the breaking poems were a little melodramatic . . . I loved them.

Important to note: some of the hurting poems relating to sexual assault are fairly graphic.

4/5 stars

JUST SAYIN’ that all of my January reads were by women.  HOLLA.

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