January Reading Roundup

It’s the first reading roundup of the new year! And boy, did I start off on a sleepy, sleepy foot. I feel like I’ve barely been reading, but free time definitely hasn’t been the issue. Or maybe free time is the problem, namely too much of it. No momentum, no motivation, and you know how it goes. Thankfully, though, knowing that I would be writing this post kicked my butt into gear this past week. If it weren’t for this series of posts, I’d probably have only one book on this list. Thank goodness for blogs and accountability to strangers!

Still, I’ve got a lot of room for improvement, come February. (And a long list of books given as Christmas gifts that are just begging to be read!) So let’s check out my January reads.

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant

Nonfiction / Recommended

I really loved this book. Maybe it was the optimist in me, maybe it was the science backing up his claims, maybe it reminded me of myself over and over. Whatever it was, I finished this book inspired and ready to take on the world with my generosity!

Thank you Rebe from Rebe With a Clause for the recommendation!

How to Write a Lot by Paul J. Silvia

Nonfiction / Meh

This book was pretty small, so I’m kind of cheating, but deal with it. I did get one extremely helpful piece of advice / magic tip: make a schedule and don’t compromise your writing time for anyone, ever. A seriously good tip, and now you don’t even have to read the book to get it! Also the last chapter is focused solely on academic writing and I ended up just skipping that completely.

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Nonfiction / Recommended

I almost didn’t recommend this book, but I do find her story to be incredible and the inside look at what happens when the Taliban takes over a city to be really interesting and educational. However, you won’t find any life lessons or spectacular writing in here, nor will you remember this book forever. (Probably.) Still, a quick and interesting read.

February, I will do better. Just let this depressing, cold and a little boring January end, already!

Did you have a slow January too? What were your favorite books from this holiday season? What do you have to recommend for me? (I’m always looking for suggestions!)

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