Reading update, January 2016

I started the month with a mass of new books that I wanted to start reading. But, I also had a bunch of library ebooks that had all come in over a few days. Talk about dilemmas – do I treat myself to the new books or try to finish the library books first? I opted for reading the library books as I had been waiting for one of them for a long time.

Before I get started on this month’s reading, I just want to quickly add one that I failed to include in my November update. I started but did not finish Mrs. Dalloway. After all the lovely Virginia Woolf quotes in All the Bright Places, I wanted to read some of her books. This one was recommended by a friend and I read that it was an important book in literary studies because of the writing style. I loved the premise, but found the writing made it really hard to stay focused (though, it was pretty brilliant and an interesting way to write).

The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things

I have to admit that I started to lose interest in this poetry book about a third of the way in, but I think that’s because I was looking for rhymes and fanciful metaphors (I had, after all, just read books by Heather O’Neill and Judy Jordan). Once I accepted that this was more about interesting and inventive ways to look at objects and less about ornate or fluttering word play, I was better able to appreciate it. It’s a fun little book, but not my favourite type of poetry.

Odd and the Frost Giants

A quick and fun read.

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

I loved the first book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and had been looking forward to reading this for weeks (sometimes library holds take ages and ages). I was not disappointed. In fact, I think that I liked this book even better. It’s a lovely story about love and loss that fills in some of the blanks left in Harold story. I love that she gave us both sides of the journey.

The Lost Symbol

I don’t usually read this sort of book, but I do love the movies as they’re a smorgasbord of adventure, mythology and over-the-top drama. My cousin and I watch one over the holidays after discovering a shared loved for them, so I decided to listen to one of the books (previously, I’d read The Da Vinci Code, which was fun and exciting, but badly written). This is not intellectual fodder, but it’s fun (except for the last few chapters – once the climax was reached and everyone was rescued, I got bored and tuned out).

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

I’ve had this on my list wishlist for nearly two years and was busy with chores, so I decided to grab the audio book version. It was fun and very cute. I liked that each of the girls had their own distinct personalities, but they weren’t all stereotypically girly.


On the surface, this is a cute story about a girl and her various dental frustrations, but it also dealt with standing up to people who are too busy tearing you down to be friends. This is the kind of graphic novel I would have devoured when I was a kid.

The Husband’s Secret

This book started off well, but ended up being a bit too predictable and, in the end, disappointing. I didn’t hate it, but I was glad when it was done.


This is a compilation graphic novel. It had some really interesting versions of some familiar fables and some lovely art.


This is the follow-up to Smile (see above). It was a lot of fun and a nice reminder that not everyone has a BFF sister. I loved that because my sister and I don’t have a lot in common and sometimes I get a bit envious of the idea of having a BFF sister.


I have seven books in progress! I hate having that many books on the go at the same time. Hopefully, February will start with me finishing at least a couple of them.


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