Reading List for January 2018

Our reading list for January is full of fiction.  And much of that fiction we discovered courtesy of Book of the Month.  We love Book of the Month.  It has consistently great selections.  Andrew found it courtesy of Facebook advertising, so he was a little skeptical at first.  After doing some research, though, we discovered that it has been around since 1926 and has historically picked some of the greatest books of the 20th Century, including The Sun Also Rises (love it!), Gone with the Wind (a classic), and The Catcher in the Rye (great book!).  Andrew went through a Catcher in the Rye phase in high school (didn’t every guy), and read The Sun Also Rises on his eight-week backpacking trip through Europe in college.  If folks are interested in Book of the Month, then you should sign up with our link, so that we can get free books (obviously)!

These are the books that we’re going to try to read this month, we’ll see how many we can knock out.

  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne.  We weren’t sold on this book at first.  The story centers on the course of one man’s life that begins and ends in post-war Ireland.  This is a hard novel to summarize, so we encourage you to read the synopsis on Amazon.  This is not the typical book that we veer towards, an epic centered on one person’s life (it also took awhile to get around to read A Gentlemen in Moscow and A Little Life is perpetually on our list).  But, it won the Book of the Year Award from Book of the Month.  So, we figured, it must be pretty good.  Last year All the Ugly and Wonderful Things won, and that book was tremendous.  So, we plan to give it a shot.
  • Beartown by Fredrik Backman.  Last year Andrew read and greatly enjoyed Backman’s A Man Called Ove, which centered on the trials and tribulations of a curmudgeon.  It is a very heartfelt novel, and very entertaining.  Beartown is Backman’s follow-up, so we think it is definitely worth a read.
  • The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn.  This was Em January pick from Book of the Month.  The movie rights sold before the book even came out and the author received a seven figure advance.  So, it has a little buzz.  Loosely based on Hitchcock’s Rear Window, this book is a psychological thriller about a woman, who lives alone, that witnesses a crime and deals with the aftermath.  Not really Andrew’s bag, but Em seems like she will enjoy it.
  • The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe.  We’ve already written about this book elsewhere, but we finally got it from Amazon so we’re planning to read it this month.  We’re excited to give it a read and get insight into the immigrant experience in Denver.
  • Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang.  This book was nominated for the Book of the Month Club’s Book of the Year.  Although it didn’t win, we thought it looked fascinating.  It is, apparently, a wonderful story of the imagination, sort of an adult fairytale.  And really, who doesn’t want to read a book that transports us from reality into an imaginary world.  No one, that’s who.

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