January is, in general, a great reading month, with cold weather, long nights, and an overload of new books from Christmas, it’s usually one of the months when I read the most. There are usually several unread, books in our apartment, some which we got as presents, some we bought, and a few checked out from the local library.
Every year I hope to read more books than I read previous year but I also learned that quality is much more important than quantity. I would love to read a book a week, but if I read four books a month for the next twelve months, I’ll be more than happy with myself. So far, I’m right on schedule 😉
Last year I was sharing several books I loved. You might have seen the list of the best books I read in 2017, as well as reviews of Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner, At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider, The Longevity Book by Cameron Diaz, and The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. This year, I would love to share books I’m reading more frequently, hopefully documenting my monthly reads.
So, what I’ve been reading in January? A few great books! Some were surprising; other made me laugh. There are a couple of books I would recommend to a friend, but there is also one which kind of disappointed.
Books I Read in January 2018
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Alice us a linguistic professor at Harward, mother, wife. In her early fifties, she starts to notice she forgets things, names, to-dos. She gets lost and unable to find her way home in a familiar environment. For a little while, she thinks it’s all related to menopause, but she’ll quickly learn she has and Alzheimer disease.
How will she manage? How will the disease change her? What are the symptoms, treatment, and prognoses? The book depicts the progress of the disease as well as how it affects all aspects of Alice’s life.
This New York Times bestseller is definitely an interesting read. Lisa Genova did an excellent job with this book, and you won’t be able to put this compelling and well-written story down.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler’s Wife in an older book I’ve read before, but this is one of the few books I love to reread. I admire Niffenegger’s imagination and ability to develop the story in such detail and precision. For a book of more than 500 pages, it reads quite quick, mostly because it’s so well written and interesting.
The main character Henry in a time traveler and the book chronicles his travel journeys back and forth in time. The book starts with Clare meeting Henry. She’s 20, and she had known Henry her whole life. He’s 28 and has never met her. Their whole love story is told jumping from now, to the past, future, and back.
Goodbye, things by Fumio Sasaki
In this book, Japanese author Fumio Sasaki shares his journey to becoming a minimalist. In five chapters Sasaki explains why he decided to become minimalist, why he believes we tend to accumulate things, as well as his tips on how to declutter your home and life. He shares how minimalism changed him and what he gained by this lifestyle change.
The book is a quick read, but it also felt kind of non-innovative. Sasaki is referencing many other minimalists, influencers, and authors, building the book and his reasoning on their quotes and examples.
This book is an easy read, and it made me laugh a few times, but it’s not anything I would brag about or buy to a friend. I believe there are other books, blogs, and articles about minimalism that are more relevant and interesting.
You can find out more about the book, and read a few pages here.
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
In the Start With Why, Simon Sinek explains the importance of starting everything we do with first answering the question why we do it. Being clear about our intentions makes it easier for people to relate to us, support us, and understand us. Sharing our whys means sharing our beliefs, goals, and dreams. Clarifying our why should be the first step in any endeavor, followed by HOW, and only then WHAT.
“…a WHY is just a belief, HOWs are the actions we take to realize our belief, and WHATs are the results of those actions.“
Sinek explains the idea of WHY, HOW, and WHAT on examples of successful leaders, individuals and companies, who were able to attract like-minded supporters, followers, and customers. You can find the book here.
What was on your reading list for this year? And have you read any exciting books in January? Share in the comments below; I would love to know!