January 17, 2017

What I Read in December, 2016 --
2017 Reading Goals

Guys, it has been a rough few weeks over here. I feel like we have been going non-stop since the holidays, and I can't see an end in sight. We have a ton of guests coming to visit over the next few weeks, and I am SO behind on my content calendar.

I have been trying to read a little bit every day, even if it is just for a few minutes, or listen to an audio book when I'm cleaning. This helps me decompress and relax when I get home from work. I'm not doing as much listening to audio books on my commute and recently switched my Audible membership for a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Even though we are halfway through January, I thought it would be fun to see what I read in December, as well as to share some of my reading goals for 2017.

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick ★★★★
Book club read this for December, which honestly is kind of a weird choice for a book club. I really like Anna Kendrick, and it was interesting to get a look at her inner monologue. Looking at her life in the theatre, on the big screen, and in relationships was really fun. This is very stereotypical (and pretty basic), but I feel like we would be friends IRL. 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★
My parents sent this to me for my birthday---but it was the illustrated version! I loved looking at the beautiful pictures as I read such a familiar story. Now I want the whole series in illustrated version!

The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown ★★★★
This is the book club book for January, and was SO my speed. I enjoyed Margie's story MUCH more than Madeleine's, but it was sort of interesting. This could totally be a movie. 

There were some times when I thought each woman just needed to buck up and ask for what she wants. But as always, it isn't that easy. I would have loved to learn more about Margie's storyline.

The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander ★★★★
What an interesting topic. A while ago I watched part of a movie about the Magdalen Laundries on Netflix, so when I saw this title on NetGalley, I had to have it. 

This is based on TRUE EVENTS guys. I just can't even believe what these women endured while living in these convents. This particular story is so dramatic, and I really felt for the girls. 
*This book was provided for review by NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Annnnnnnnnd I'm still working on The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. There have been so many books that I've had to read on a deadline, that this one has kind of taken a back seat. My friend who lent it to me is coming to visit in a few weeks, though, so I need to do work! Does anyone have suggestions for working through something really long like this?

So now for my reading goals for 2017. I CRUSHED my goal of 40 books in 2016 by reading 50 books. I am starting my grad degree this year, so even though I wanted to increase my goal, I didn't want to be TOO ambitious.

This year I want to read 45 books, which is almost a book a week. Seeing as how I am reading multiple things at once, and am giving myself the grace to put something down if I don't like it, I'd say this is totally doable. Join me on Goodreads to follow my progress!

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