Hey there. I gotta say, January was weird.
I ended up with way more time on my hands in January than I expected. We ended up having some extra days off as our district faced staff shortages. It was nice to have the time, and I certainly put it to good use.
We already knew that reading is my favorite addiction, but with all that extra time in January, I really blazed through a bunch. I don’t know if it was that I picked books that were super quick reads, or if I spent more time reading than I thought I did (probably it’s this one), but I was able to read or finish 12 books last month. And that was even with intentionally limiting my reading time to leave room for writing and exercise!
My go-to for evening reading has always been fiction. I love getting lost in a story. And while I’m hoping to read more non-fiction this year, a good (or even mediocre) murder mystery will probably capture my attention every time. And if it’s a series where I can really get attached to the main characters, so much the better. I found a new series in January, and I’m loving it so far! It’s the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths: archaeologist expert meets police investigator and mysteries abound. Bonus, it’s set in England, so that’s fun.
After blazing through all those books last month, I’ve slowed down a bit in February. Less time off work means less time for reading. But, without further ado, here’s what I read last month:
- Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village by Maureen Johnson (Hilarious, especially for fans of English murder shows like Midsummer Murders, Sherlock, and Father Brown).
- What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins
- Love Does by Bob Goff
- The Last Green Valley by Mark T. Sullivan (this follows the story of a German family who had relocated to Russia prior to WWII, and their flight from both the Nazi’s and Stalin’s forces in a quest for freedom)
- The Maze Investigations Series (6 books) by M. K. Jones
- The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick
- The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway Book 1) by Elly Griffiths & The Janus Stone (Book 2)
Most of these books can be found here. Just find the January 2022 Reads list and pick what you like. I read a lot on my Kindle app on my iPad, and check out most of my books from our local library app. I recently made the decision to throw my support behind my local bookstores for my hard copy purchases. One way that I can support local bookstores is through bookshop.org. I still use Kindle Unlimited and other Amazon products, but I also want to support local! Just one reason I decided to become a Bookshop.org affiliate.
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