My Month in Books (#15)

Welp, somehow we’re a full month into the year. I’m trying to think of anything notable that happened in January and struggling to recall much of it. I tend to settle into winter mode pretty hard, and that means staying as cozy as possible (aka candles flickering while I cuddle on the couch with my oversized lapdogs).

I did get some reading done, though, so scroll on down to hit the highlights ⬇️

Highlights from January: Two successful trips to DC without any major winter weather to muck it up (knock on wood), a girls weekend with my mom, and a nice thick layer of ice on the lake which means a very happy husband.

Not highlights: Having to jump my car anytime the temps drop below 5F overnight.


But let's talk about some books, shall we?

Even though I have an ever-growing list of books I want to read, I find myself easily distracted - often because I enjoy a movie and then discover it was a book first. In this case, I felt an unquenchable need to read Juliet, Naked after watching the movie early in the month. Fortunately my local library had it available on ebook, and it was the perfect accompaniment to my first DC trip of the year.

Afterward, I was petulantly refusing to read more than 10 pages of anything before tossing it aside. (I think of this as the reading equivalent of tossing and turning.) But one day I randomly plucked Code Name Verity off my shelf and set about re-reading it. Damn, that book is just as good as the first time I read it years ago. I even took it out from my library as an ebook so that I could take it along on a trip to DC.

Now I’m reading Rose Under Fire, which is a companion to Code Name Verity. Like its predecessor, it has some tough settings that getsat the heart of the grittier parts of WWII, but somehow that doesn’t stop me. Clearly I’m on a WWII kick - so I’m mentally making a list of books that could come next…

I’m noticing that I get more reading done while I’m on the road. The business of traveling between two far-flung places can create some dead time…


…but I’ve got books to keep me company. 😊 Speaking of which…

Tell me, friends: What are your best recommendations for books to read while on the road?