What I Read in January, and My February Reading List

How is it that January felt like the longest month ever, and February is flying by?

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We're more than halfway through the month, and I'm just getting started on my February reading list -- oops! 

Last month, I read three books (ok, so one of them was only 125 pages and I read it an afternoon but it still counts, right? RIGHT?). The first book I read was Alice Hoffman's "The Rules of Magic". This is a prequel to her book, "Practical Magic", which I loved. It was incredibly heartbreaking at times, but was also really captivating and I love any story that has a bit of magic and fantasy to the story (this is making me think I should re-read the Harry Potter series for the millionth time). It was a great book to kick off the year, and it made me want to read every day. 

Next up, I read "Make Your Bed" by Admiral William H. McRaven. This was a really quick read at about 125 pages and each chapter discusses one small change you can make daily to improve your outlook on life. The message was simple and positive and a great way to remember to be kind to yourself and others. Two standout lessons I took away from this book were: 1) Start your day with a task completed (make your bed) and; 2) You can't go it alone (find someone to help you paddle the boat). Making my bed every morning helps set the tone for the day. And even if everything else falls apart, at least I have a nice tidy space to come home to at the end of the day. I also put a lot of pressure on myself to figure things out on my own, and it's important to know that it's ok to ask for help when you need it and help others when they need it too.

My third book of the year was "The Girl with All the Gifts" by M.R. Carey. This one won't be for everyone, but I love a good post-apocalyptic story. The story centres around a group of students, and one in particular - Melanie. Melanie and are classmates are kept in a highly secure and controlled environment, and restrained in their chairs at all times -- I don't want to give too much away, so I'll stop there but I LOVED this book, and can't wait to watch the film which is out on Netflix. 

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February's Book Haul

Next up on my reading list for February, I've got two books by Celeste Ng: "Everything I Never Told You" and "Little Fires Everywhere", and I'm also reading "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro. I've had this book on my reading list for a long time, and this is the first book I'll be reading for the book club I've joined. I loved "Never Let Me Go" and I'm hoping to love this one as well. 

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What's on your reading list? I'm always looking for suggestions! In unrealted news, I'm also in the market for a new bookshelf ;)