Books I’ve Read – January

As a mom, finding time to read can be difficult.  Reading is one of my favorite things to do and when I make time for my other hobbies I also make time for reading.  I am almost always with a book.  I take a book to my daughter’s dance class, my son’s soccer practice, the doctor’s office, carpool line, and more.  Traveling is no exception.  Before I got my Kindle, I used to pack several books because I didn’t want to run out.  I still love a good hard back book, but the Kindle is great for travel.

I have been trying to come up with a way to store a list of the books I have read.  I have tried Good Reads and Shelfari but I just am not down with the interface.  It is fun to see what my friends are reading, but not many of them use those programs and the constant emails and notifications can be irritating.  I just haven’t found the perfect way to maintain my list so I decided to share a monthly list on my travel blog.  Reading goes along with travel, right?!  Here are the books that I read during the month of January!

39 Clues Books 1-4 – I am fascinated with the concept of 39 Clues.  The series was written by several popular children’s and YA writers but it flows together well.  Two children find out that they are part of a powerful family and have to discover 39 clues before the end of the series or something awful will happen.  The children travel all over the world, sometimes with their au pair and sometimes without.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – Think Twilight for grown-ups with lots of history and literature thrown in to it.

Black Wind by Clive Cussler – I love Clive Cussler’s books.  The handsome adventurer always comes to the rescue.

Other Clive Cussler books read this month: The Jungle and The Wrecker

Delirium by Lauren Oliver – This book was recommended to me by Kristin over at Camels and Chocolate.  I read it in less than a day and can’t wait for the second book to be released later this month.

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close – I have to admit that I downloaded this book because we share the same name. I get daily Google alerts (I have one set up for my name) about her book and I was curious.  I admit I was a little underwhelmed by the book’s ending but it was a quick beach read.

The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferris – Timothy Ferris has some interesting thoughts on how to lose weight and help make your life better.  I took a few diet suggestions from the book and am trying to apply them to our most recent food and lifestyle changes.

Six Wives by David Starkey – A book about the queens of Henry the VIII, how they became queen, and who they were.  I have been reading this book off and on for awhile and I finally finished it this month.

Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson – Jennifer and her husband pack up their family and move to Europe to learn more about where they came from.  The book is about how she and her family adjusted to their new life.  I had a hard time getting in to the book.  I started it, put it down and picked it up again and was glad I did.  I finally finished this book this month as well.  *I received this book from the publisher to review.

The Colonial Caper Mystery at Williamsburg by Carole Marsh – The Marsh mysteries take your children all over the United States.  The two main characters try to solve a mystery at each destination.  My 7yo and I really enjoyed this book about Williamsburg.  I will have a review up over at A Traveler’s Library in the next month or two as part of Family Travel Friday.

What is on my list for February?  Even though it is already the middle of the month, I will wait until the end of the month to share but I am currently reading The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larson and I have A Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare ready to read after that.

What are you reading?



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    I’m in the middle of Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. Need to pick up the sequel to A Clockwork Prince at the library this week. Thanks for the reminder!