New Week, New Book (1/29/18)

New Week, New Book (1/29/18)

Hosted by The Book Date 

Happy Monday! While I may not have read as much as I usually do over the weekend, it's only because I was too busy having fun outside; it seems as though winter has taken a little siesta, but I have a feeling it will return this week. On Saturday, I ran a fun, muddy trail race (and earned an award!) and I'll have a full recap up on Thursday. 

Until then, let's talk books! I managed to finish two books last week; both of them were unexpectedly delightful. I try to go into most novels without much knowledge about them and before reading many reviews; I had no idea what I was getting into with either of these and I'm glad they found me at the right time. 

The Music Shop was my January Book of the Month pick; I remember enjoying a previous novel by Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, so I thought I'd give this one a try. A story about the protective barrier many of us construct to guard ourselves, after a deep loss or painful experience, Joyce's lovely characters demonstrate that, sometimes, love sneaks in anyway. 

I also finished The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory and I'll post a full review of this one tomorrow! 

Early in the week, I finished listening to The Year of Less by Cait Flanders; this is not the typical minimalist fare. Flanders shares personal reflections on what led to the decision to embark on a year long shopping ban, acknowledging and coping with the void that would remain. I loved it!

Since I knew I'd have some time in the car over the weekend, traveling to and from Saturday's race, I started listening to American Radical (thanks to a recommendation from Susie at Novel Visits); what a captivating story! I can hardly wait to start my commute today and continue listening. 

Yesterday, I started reading The Great Alone, an upcoming release (February 6) from author Kristin Hannah; I'm only about a quarter of the way in but, so far, I'm intrigued by this family who has left civilization behind, quite literally, for a new start in a small community in Alaska. 

I gifted myself a membership to the Parnassus Books Signed First Editions Club this year and the January pick is Brass by debut author Xhenet Aliu and it's on its way to me right now; I am so excited to read this one, so it will likely be my next read. 

Can you believe the first month of the year is nearly over? Wow! On Friday, February 2nd, I'll post my February TBR (to-be-read) list and will host a link up for those of you who would like to join in; please remember, there's no pressure! This is simply a list of books you think you'd like to read during the month.

I love to see what you all are planning to read next and I get so many great ideas (as if I need more books); you can find more details here. I hope you'll join in, or post pics of your February reads on social media with the hashtag #rnrfebruarytbr so that I can find you! 

I hope your week is off to a good start; what are you reading? 

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Work IN by Erin Taylor

Work IN by Erin Taylor