What I read- January 2017

If you read my post from last month then you know I have some new reading goals for 2017 as well as a new way to visually track my reading.  I have been using Goodreads for a few years now, but I wanted a way to see the number and types of books I am reading in my planner.

This year my goal is to read 65 books with at least 12 of them non-fiction and 12 books that could be considered classics.  Here is how I am doing this month:


Here is the list of what I read:

The Husband’s Secret– Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty has been super popular as of late for good reason.  In December I read her newest, Truly, Madly, Guilty and realized she is a great writer. She is able to weave a tale that includes, life, love, suspense, and really lets you feel the characters.  This book is another great display of her work. I actually got my mother a copy of this book for Christmas and when I visited her last week she was about 3/4th of the way through it. She loved it too and totally involved in the characters and what was going to happen next. I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The Case Against Sugar– Gary Taubes

This was one of my non-fiction picks for the month and it is a good one. I have been meaning to read Why we Get Fat, also by Taubes, but hadn’t had the chance. This new book came out in December and is the first book I’ve seen that really explains the history of sugar over the last few hundred years which really puts our current consumption into perspective. If you have any interest in nutrition or the history of food as it relates to diet then this book is for you.

Hillbilly Elegy– J.D. Vance

After Trump was elected the New York Times came out with a reading list that was meant to help the other half understand why small town and southern American voted the way they did.  As a person from the south I did not find this book to be too eye opening, but it was a great read and helped me to better understand my own life and how I got to where I am.  If you are looking for information about the south and how it became what it is today I strongly suggest White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg which is a much more scientific look at the subject.

Small Great Things– Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is one of those authors that has been around for awhile but I haven’t sat down and read anything by. Small Great Things, her newest title about a black female nurse from conneticut who gets caught up in a murder case due to racism both overt and subtle. This book is a real tear jerker, but also a great insight into life for so many blacks in America.


Night– Elie Wiesel

This was my choice for a classic title this month. Night in a 1958 autobiography about the author’s time in Nazi death camps where he lost is entire family. Although a short read, Elie does a great job expanding on his story and sharing what it really felt like to live in is world. A great topical read in today’s world. 
Well that’s it.  What did you read last month? Share  below! 

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