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Reading Life: January 2019

Did you see that meme that went something like “January’s been a tough year, but we made it”? Nothing bad actually happened, but it just felt like such a longggg month around here, from post-holiday limbo to the reality of cold dreary days with plenty of rain (but no snow!) to keep us stuck inside. And then once February hit, it was like time speeded up and all of a sudden we’re in the middle of the month already. Anyway! Reading-wise, I didn’t start the year feeling gung-ho about my reading plans, but I still finished a couple fun reads.

I’m no longer tracking my daily reading this year, but I started an old school book journal to keep track of what I’m reading. It’s surprisingly therapeutic to write it down by hand! You can also check out what I’m reading on my Instagram feed @ladykatiestitchery!


January 2019 Thoughts


Becoming, by Michelle Obama

Start: 1/1/2019
Finish: 1/17/2019
Source: New release
Genre: Memoir
Format: Library book
5 stars

So much more relatable and powerful than I expected, and I had high expectations! I loved her stories from childhood through young adulthood especially; once she got to the White House years, it felt more like the “official” version of the story. Obama captured the big and small picture so well; what a great read to start the year!

The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides

Start: 1/1/72019
Finish: 1/19/2019
Source: Book of the Month Club
Genre: Thriller
Format: Hardcover
3 stars

After her husband is murdered, a privileged artist refuses to speak – at all – until her therapist (who harbors secrets of his own) seeks to unravel the mystery. The tense atmosphere was full of damaged characters and plenty of twists, but now that I’ve read a few (too many) domestic thrillers, the big twists feel less effective. The POV was well told and the plot kept me engaged until the last page, but there wasn’t much to mull over after it was over.

Still Reading:

Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty

Start date: 12/5/2018
Source: New release

Genre: Fiction
Format: Library Audiobook

This one became available at the library but once AGAIN, I only made it through a few more chapters before it was due back. I don’t have as much time in the car as I used to, but I’m also not dying to find out what happens next, so I haven’t been making the time either (AKA, listening to the Cold podcast has been higher priority). I think I’d get through the physical book a lot quicker, but alas, I am still far down the hold list for that. Sometimes the library odds just don’t work in your favor!

The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership that Defined a Presidency, by Kathryn Smith

Start: 1/21/2019
Source: Mom
Genre: Biography
Format: Paperback

Fascinating story behind the White House’s first (and only) female Chief of Staff – before the term was coined!

Books read in January: 2
Books read in 2019: 2
Still reading: 2

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the first month of 2019!

I’m always looking for more book recommendations – are you reading any good books?

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