January 2016 Reads

Not only did we all greet 2016 on January 1st, but thousands of us on GoodReads bemoaned the fact that we could no longer make our reading challenges this year. I was one of them. But, like any hard-headed fool, I set the exact same goal for this year! And so far, I’m a little ahead. But only by 1 book, since I’m currently tackling a 900-page behemoth.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Rating: 5/5

The more stuff I read by Mindy, the more I’m in love with this woman. She makes it feel like it’s possible for anyone to become a comedy writer just by pure grit; at the same time, you’re aware of how good a writer she is. In just one segment of the book, where she haphazardly put together a book idea and got me hooked.

Every time I read a chapter title, I think to myself, no way can she make a whole chapter just about this. And then she does so brilliantly and funnily.

Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn G. Klei
Rating: 3.5/5

I picked this up after I read Sophie‘s roundup of her creative reads. It basically tells you to put yourself and your creative endeavors first, otherwise you’ll be caught in the cycle of catching up with everyday tasks. Although this wasn’t exactly my style, since it felt like a book filled with pep talk just a step above inspirational Pinterest quotes, it was quite an easy read.

I definitely would’ve found it more useful if I didn’t already practice what they advised.

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins
Rating: 4/5

My guilty read of January included a romance novel, as always. Kristan Higgins is one of my favorite romance authors. I hit her up whenever I’m feeling a lighter romance, but not too light that it becomes ridiculous. There always has to be some drama in the ones I read, of course.

This one is about how a wedding-dress designer moves out of Manhattan to her childhood neighborhood, meets guy, falls in love. What’s different about this one is in the personalities of both the hero and the heroine—definitely not typical ones.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Rating: 5/5

This was probably my most anticipated read of January. I read Eat, Pray, Love my senior year of high school and I’m sure it nudged me to travel later on. I was a fan of Gilbert back then, but never more so than I was after I watched her talk on curiosity as opposed to passion.

The way she talks about her writing—and curiosity—is simply inspiring. She talks about inspiration and ideas as living, breathing creatures. And while this might be a little too hippie dippie for some people, I loved the heck out of it!

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Rating: 3/5

I didn’t think I could finish this fairly large YA book before February came around, but I did it! The premise of this novel was a bit… novel (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). This book is the one that the heroine in Fangirl writes fanfiction about in Rowell’s other book. It’s about a boy wizard, a Chosen One. If you’re thinking that it seems awfully similar to something JK Rowling wrote, you’re not wrong.

I had no idea what to think going into this and when I first started, all I could think about was Harry Potter. More than halfway through, however, the book was finally able to claim its identity as separate from Harry Potter. From that point on, I was able to enjoy this fairly quick read. Similar to Rainbow Rowell fashion, there was a lot of teenage identity-searching and innocent love that satisfied me. Like other Rowell books, I don’t see this influencing me after I’ve finished.

What did you read this month?

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  • http://www.clemandmarcella.wordpress.com/ Marcella ~ WhatAWonderfulWorld

    Ohh, I really must read Good Magic! Have you listened to the Good Magic podcast that is linked to the same theme as the book? I really love it, so I think I would love the book too! :) I’m currently reading The Bees, and it’s great!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      No, I remember looking at it and thinking I had to try it out, but I completely forgot! Will do so again :) You should definitely read the book if you like the podcast! I forget, are we friends on Goodreads?!

  • http://www.slightlyastray.com/ Anna | slightly astray

    I feel like I should read Mindy Kaling. And I also probably should read Elizabeth Gilbert. Can you believe that I have never even read Eat Pray Love?! My current guilty pleasure books are the British humor books by Nick Spalding. He’s like a comedic genius!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      You should try them both ;) Eat Pray Love was really good–at least to my high school self. I think it might read differently, now that EVERYONE writes about a “travel journey.”

      Ooh, do you have any recommendations?! I love British humor. It’s so dry and sarcastic!

  • http://www.laurenonlocation.com laurenonlocation

    I’m such a bad reader…. I hate to admit it, but it’s true! I find myself so busy all the time and trying to catch up reading blogs that I never find time to sit down an read a good book. I’m really hoping that will change this year though, and I was just given a few books for Christmas that I’m excited to read! :D

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Hahah yeah blogs take up so much of my time when I’m trying to be a good blogger!!