book report, january

Here's my wish - I wish I could travel back in time, back to my fourth grade self and tell me: "Write down every book you read. Keep it in a journal. A spiral. Write them all."

But I can't. And I didn't have the foresight to start a book list all those years ago.

So I'll start now.

Here's my January book shot. I had a lot of vacation time, so I got a lot of reading done. I've started using #my2014inbooks to keep up with what I've read. So far it's my hastag. No one else is as clever as me? ;)

The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel
Good. I mostly started reading it because I noticed that Keri Russell was in the TV movie. I LOVE me some Keri Russell. The story moves slowly, but really does raise an interesting question: Why does love (if it really is love) make us risk it all? And what happens if the person you love isn't trustworthy?
The book goes into detail about the Japanese interment camps during WWII and that was the most interesting part of the story. I haven't read a lot about that aspect of American history and I appreciated the research that went into the novel.

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron just gets me. There is an entire essay dedicated to the obscene amount of time women spend getting ready each day. And since I've read the title essay, I really have noticed how different older necks look compared to younger necks. I need to take better care of my neck.

But in all seriousness, Ephron is a master when it comes to making the everyday mundane interesting, comical, and important. Reading her work makes my life seem richer because she is just as concerned with how much light her apartment gets as I am. She creates a communal aspect about her work.  She is every woman. Read it.

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
No joke, I picked this book because the cover said, "Anyone suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms will find an instant tonic in Daisy Goodwin's The American Heiress."

And it was just that. As I was reading, I kept thinking, "Oh, that's why that happened in Downton Abbey...." Goodwin does an amazing job of explaining the British tradition and its major clash with American money. I enjoyed the commentary on servant/master relationships and the pros and cons of marrying for money back in the day. Great beach read. Or fireplace read.

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
This was one of my favorite Christmas presents and I knew it would be a great read. I'm not much for scientific language, but Susannah breaks everything down in such a clear way and writes her story more like a thriller and less like a memoir. I don't want to spoil anything, because the diagnosis is so satisfying, but read it. If nothing else, you'll finish thankful for your health and more conscious of your body's signs.

Sidenote: My copy was autographed by the author! Target had a few special copies.

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