What I’m reading (January 2014)

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Each month, I link up with Anne over at Modern Mrs. Darcy to share short reviews of what I’ve been reading. Since one of my December goals was to read one fiction book, I leaned heavily into fiction over the past month. I read some good ones!

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The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes made my best books of the year list. It is touching, intriguing, and totally different from the first book I read by Moyes, Me Before You.

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri: Lahiri is a storyteller. Her books don’t unfold simply with plot and circumstances, but with slow, deliberate character development. I may have slightly preferred The Namesake, but enjoyed this one as well. Fun fact: Mindy Kaling named character in The Mindy Project after Jhumpa Lahiri.

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The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick: I saw the movie, and heard from several people that the book is well worth reading. I haven’t finished yet, but I agree that it is worth a read. This book has also bolstered my dream of writing something that becomes a movie because it’s not exceptionally well written.

Did you see all the books that we can look forward to on the big screen this year? What have you been reading?

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18 thoughts on “What I’m reading (January 2014)

  1. The Girl You Left Behind and Silver Linings Playbook are on my stack right now! Trying to decide which one to begin first….

  2. I JUST finished Me Before You last night. It was really good, but a friend said she liked The Girl You Left Behind better so I’m looking forward to it. I don’t think I could read another book about assisted suicide any time soon.

  3. I’ve heard such varied opinions about The Silver Linings Playbook book that I’m very much on the fence about reading it. At least I enjoyed the movie. :)

  4. SLP Isn’t very well written, BUT it’s such a lovely read. Raw and honest and while I truly love the film, I love the book equally so though I see them as two completely different entities… They have so few similarities…

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