January Recommended Books



As promised, I am sharing my reading list monthly instead of just once or twice a year.  So here is my list of January Recommended Books or rather books I read.  I may not always recommend them all!  I hope you will leave me a comment and let me know what you read this month.  I am always looking for book recommendations!

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

(3.5 stars)

Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it.  I almost stopped reading it but kept going and am glad I did – it got better.  It is a meeting of modern technology and medieval mystery.  It does get you thinking about technology and if good old fashioned books are going to one day disappear – I hope not!  Love my Kindle but nothing beats an old fashion, paper book!  If you enjoyed The Night Circus I think you will like this book.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
(3.0 stars)

This is another one I was on the fence about.  Set in the 1920’s this historical novel is the story of silent film star Louise Brooks who leaves Kansas as a young teenager with her chaperone.  They both have their reasons for making the trip as they struggle to over come the confines of the time period they live in.  The life choices they make are heavily effected by the morals of the time.


The Baker’s Daughter: A Novel by Sarah McCoy

 (3.5 stars)

Another piece of historical fiction, this one is set in Germany in 1945 during Hitler’s reign of terror. The story of Elsie Schmidt who is the Baker’s Daughter during this time period and hides a Jew in her closet which puts her entire family in danger.  At the same time the story flashes forward to El Paso Texas, present day where Elsie now lives and  a reporter Reba wants to interview Elsie and her story is unveiled.  As both women’s lives become intertwined, both are forced to confront the uncomfortable truths of the past and seek out the courage to forgive.

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by ML Stedman

(4.5 stars)

 My favorite book of the month!

The story of Lighthouse keeper Tom and his wife Isabelle are unable to have children and when a boat washes ashore their island home with a dead body and a living newborn baby there are choices to be made. They choose to keep the baby, a choice which shatters and changes lives, including their own.  But it is a story of good people, tragic decisions and the beauty found in each of them.

Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community Joy Deangdeelert Cho

(I don’t rate non-fiction)

 I actually skimmed through this book.  After having blogged for five years I was pretty familiar with most of the information in this book but still picked up a few ideas and things I can do.  It is a great book for a beginning blogger or someone who might be thinking about starting a blog.  I enjoyed the Q & A sessions with some of the biggest bloggers around.

What did you read this month?

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    I love book recommendations! Especially when they’re not the obvious books. I don’t know how many times I’ve asked friends for book recommendations and they tell me “50 Shades of Gray” or “The Hunger Games” You know, all those books you’ve already heard of. I just requested 2 of these books from my library!

  2. Starr says

    Just joined your blog! Was looking for book recs so the timing was good. I also just finished the Kight between oceans. It was very good! High recommend it(;

  3. Dawnelle says

    I think I have been on a reading kick lately. I read 14 books in the month of January. Don’t ask what my house looks like or what my kids are doing. lol. Here is my list and ratings
    Gone girl 2.5
    Princess at the midnight ball, Princess of the glass slippers, and princess of the silver woods- loved the books, easy read, meant for YA rating 4
    Snow, Moon, ice, sun – also by Jessica Day George 2.5
    Edenbrooke – I think I found this recommendation off your site. Loved it 5
    Tutor’s Daughter – loved it 4.5
    Unending devotion 3.5
    Death at Pemberly 3
    the American Heiress – loved it 5
    The blue bottle club – 3
    The Merchants daughter – melanie dickerson – 4
    The Healer’s Apprentice – melanie dickerson – 4.5
    In the middle of reading Melanie Dickerson’s latest book The Fairest beauty and it is as good as the others.
    Thanks so much for posting what you are reading and letting other people comment because I look at their suggestions too. I also found a website called greattthoughts.com that every monday gives recommendations of books like downton abby. I love reading books set in that time period

  4. Amy says

    I am currently reading the Blue Bottle Club and am enjoying it! I also read Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber. It was cute and easy ready like all of her books!

  5. says

    I’m reading the End of Your Life Book Club (I think that’s what it’s called). Nonfiction, which I generally don’t care for but this is good!

  6. Merri says

    If you liked the Hunger Games, try “Divergent” and it’s sequel “Insurgent.” Both considered YA fiction… I couldn’t put them down! I think there will be a 3rd book in the series coming out also. Have you read The Host? It’s another good one. Of course, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Thirteenth Tale is also at the top of my “Favorite Book” list. Enjoy!

    • says

      Merri. I enjoyed both Divergent and Insurgent – fun reads. I haven’t read The Host yet or Redeeming Love but will add them to my list. I really enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale too! Thanks for sharing some of your favorites.

  7. says

    I love your blog and particularly your different book lists. I am an avid reader, and am in a book club. We had already read some of your choices, and have read some that you recommended as well.


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