What I Read: January (Plus new blog discoveries!)

January was all about planning! and organizing! and doing! but guess what it wasn't about...reading. As I was putting this post together I realized that I only read two measly books this month. Not that I have some sort of goal number I'm trying to achieve, but looking back on the month I know I spent a lot more time scrolling Facebook and Pinterest than picking up a book and reading.

What I read:



The Family Man by Elinor Lipman. This book may be the reason that January was a slow month for books. It was one of those books that while I read it, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't one that I couldn't wait to dive back into each day. It's about a father who is reunited with his step-daughter after many years. Henry, Thalia's father, is a gay, retired lawyer, Thalia is a struggling actress, the force that reunites them, Henry's ex-wife, is a newly widowed drama queen. It was sweet at times, funny at times, but overall I'd say it was just okay.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Gillian Flynn, wow, she comes up with some dark and twisted stuff. I read Gone Girl a couple of years ago and wondered if her other books would be as fun to read. While I wouldn't describe this one as a fun read, it really did pull me in. Libby Day's family is murdered in their home when she is just a child, and the only survivors are herself and her older brother Ben, who is convicted of the crime as a result of her testimony. Honestly, Libby is not the most likable character. But, her whole family was brutally murdered, so I cut her some slack. If you're in the mood for a dark thriller with a good plot twist or two, this one's for you.

New blog discoveries: 

I may not have read a lot of books this month, but I did find some new (to me) favorite blogs to add to my Feedly.


  • Camp Patton: Lifestyle, family, general hilarity. This post about her toddler's quest to get a lollipop from a hard-to-reach shelf cracked me up. 
  • Oh Sweet Basil: beautiful photos, delicious food. Anne sent me a link to a recipe here, and I couldn't stop reading and drooling over the rest of the site.  I really want to make this soup
  • Megin Time: I "met" Megan through the Fall Capsule linkup, so I suppose this isn't a new for this month. However she's been one of my favorites lately. Her post about marriage and parenting was hilarious but so true, and this one on styling plaid flannel provided me closet inspiration more than once. 
Did you read any good books or blogs this month? 

20 comments:

  1. I think Dark Places is actually my favorite GF novel. Are you going to read or have you read Sharp Objects?

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  2. Ooh I love finding new blogs, I will have to check those out. I use Feedly for reading blogs too! I found it worked better for me than Bloglovin, I can't get Bloglovin to load when I'm at work, it's weird. I am currently reading Gone Girl now, I'll have to add Dark Places to my list because I'm really enjoying Gillian's writing style!

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  3. Aw, thanks for the shout-out, Shea. I'm so glad I've gotten to know you. IDark Places was so dark and creepy. I haven't had the nerve to pick up Sharp Objects yet.

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  4. These are such great picks! I'm really interested in reading Dark Places...it sounds like an entertaining read! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. No I haven't read that one yet. I would like to read it though, since I liked the other 2 I've read! Did you like it?

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  6. You're welcome, I'm glad I've gotten to know you too! :) And I totally agree about Dark Places. I want to read Sharp Objects but I need a little break first.

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  7. Thanks Valerie! It was definitely entertaining, in a dark and twisted way :)

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  8. You'll have to tell me if you like Gone Girl--it's pretty crazy, right?!
    I really like Feedly too. I know Bloglovin' is such a "style blogger" thing but I never really used it. I LOVED my Google Reader and was so sad when it was no more. But I like Feedly a lot.

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  9. two books sounds pretty good to me - I'm still working on my first book of 2015!

    http://www.iamchiconthecheap.com

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  10. This look like some good books! I'm going to have look into these!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  11. love megin! i haven't read either of those authors. i'm doing audiobooks lately which is the total slacker way to do it!

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  12. I read Gone Girl last year, and I don't think I'll be reading more of Flynn. She has creative stories, and she's a good writer, but Gone Girl was really kind of disturbing to me, and I've heard her others are just as twisted.

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  13. No, I don't think so! I lived on Audiobooks when I had a long commute--that was the main way I "read" during that year!

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  14. I don't blame you! I do like her writing, but I have to be in the mood for a book like that. I think you'd probably be just as disturbed by Dark Places.

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  15. Thanks Melanie, I recommend the second one--Dark Places (if you're in the mood for something dark) :)

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  16. I read The Family Man awhile ago and had a similar reaction - worth a read in the end, but it's always kind of a bummer when a book doesn't excite you enough to pick up every day and then takes a while to get through and then leads to a bit of a reading lull. If I'm reading things that I'm really loving, I'm way more likely to pick up a new book the next day rather than turn on Netflix...


    And I've been tempted by tons of Oh Sweet Basil recipes! Especially after the success of the hummus chicken plus hash (by the way, if you make it: do the hash in a roasting pan in the oven. Stovetop just didn't work well, but when I did it in the oven - 400 degrees for maybe 20 min or so - it was really good).

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  17. I agree, I love it when I'm so excited to read my book that I'd rather do that than scroll through my blog feed or instagram (or Pinterest...etc.).


    Mmm, I bet that hash would be good in the oven. Oven-roasted veggies are always my favorite!

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  18. I totally agree with you. I liked Gone Girl better but I did like Dark Places too. And yes, now I'm definitely intrigued enough to read Sharp Objects but I have to take a little break from those books!

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  19. That's so funny we both read Dark Places this past month! I liked Gone Girl more, but it was still a good book. I'm wondering how Sharp Objects is, I may have to read that one too, but not for a while, I can't do all that dark stuff too close together :)

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