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Some Things I Read in January

It is no secret, I love to read. And in just the last year or so, my love of reading has intensified. I see how it is the best way I rest and get rejuvenated for the day. 

And I don't know how I missed the boat on the whole Goodreads thing, but I finally have an account, which is so great. It is very satisfying keeping track of what I have read. I am looking forward to seeing how many books I actually read in this coming year. And since it connects to easily with my Amazon account, it is so easy to upload the book titles I have on my Kindle.

And speaking of my Kindle, I just found a website that will track the titles on my Amazon wishlist and send me an email when they drop below a certain price I have set. It is amazing! I keep saying I am using my Amazon wishlist as a place to keep track of the books I want to read, so when I have read everything on my Kindle, I will just order these books from the library. But so far books on my wishlist have been going on sale quite regularly, so that hasn't happened yet. Anyway, here are a few books I read in January. My tastes are pretty eclectic, but maybe something will catch your eye.

The Likeness by Tana French
I love a good mystery and this was the second one I have read by Tana French and they are great. I will read every book she has written. It is a smart mystery, where the characters are just working on solving the mystery and there isn't a lot of the other stuff like romance. In this one a detective learns a recently found murder victim is her doppelganger. The detective goes under cover to get to the bottom of the murder.

Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransome Riggs
I saw a trailer for the movie and it looked interesting so I thought I would give the book a try. It was a very interesting story based on these antique photographs the author found. The basic premise is there is a whole segment of the population that has special abilities  whose existence is being threatened, so they hide in these time loops. A fun read, but I think a paper copy might serve the story better than a Kindle edition.

Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson
I am pretty picky when it comes to Christian fiction. There is a lot I do not like. But, once I found Lisa Samson, I found my favourite Christian author of all time. Everything I have read by her is fun and real. Quaker Summer is about a woman who discovers the high class lifestyle is actually sucking the life out of her. After spending some time with a set of sisters who are Quakers, she feels called to make a drastic change about how to spend her time and money.

Let's All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs
I have avoided the Woman's Christian Living category of books for a long time. But I have been learning of some that sounded really interesting. The take home lesson of this book: God calls us to do things and in order to do those things we need to be brave. And what "brave" means to every person is going to be different. A fun, fresh writing style that really got me thinking in every chapter.

Chasing God by Angie Smith
I have read a few of Angie Smith's books, and this one has been my favorite by far. Take home lesson: We shouldn't be chasing God, we should be in a relationship with God. And often the things we do to try to get closer to God get in the way of that actually happening. It was great and made me think so much about why I do the things I do in my walk with God. Highly recommend this one.


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