January Book Review

january book review - meg biram

This month I was in the midst of reading two 800+ page books. One of them I finished, the other I’m only about half way through. I’ve always got several books going at the same time. I feel like I like reading different things at different times so I always need a few books going at the same time for when a particular mood strikes. For example, before bed, I don’t want to read something about business, typically I like to read fiction or stories before I fall asleep.

The three books I finished in January were all very good, read on.


Thrive Arianna Huffington

Thrive, by Arianna Huffington

There were so many good passages in this book, I ended up doing a separate post about it. I wouldn’t say that she pointed out anything revolutionary, but stuff that all of us should read, think about, and consider. Definitely go read the post, and the book!

A Little Life

A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

This was our book club book for January, I’ll have a full review of it coming soon, but I can say that I’d listened to it a few years ago (audiobook) and thought it was one of the best stories I’d ever heard. (In a depressing way.) But reading it was such a more intimate experience and I appreciated the story and the writing even more.

It’s one of those books that is really messed up, so you have to be able to handle detailed and repetitive sexual and physical abuse. There were times when I’d be reading at night and I would literally have to put the book down and read something else because I couldn’t fall asleep with what I’d read in A Little Life fresh on my mind.

So much to unpack with this book, but I loved and and recommend it if you can handle majorly depressing books but beautiful writing. An 800-page page-turner if you can believe that!

The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men, by Robert M Edsel

This was a really good book, but I felt at times I could see how some might find some of the details boring. I didn’t think it was boring because it had to do with art so I loved it. I’m eager to watch the movie now! I really didn’t know how much the Nazi’s stole from not only the Jews but EVERYONE. I mean, it’s nuts that they thought that was okay and that they could even get away with it. Mind blowing as it wasn’t really that long ago. I feel like this book should be read in high schools. It’s history everyone should know. Highly recommend!


What have you read any of these books? What have you read recently? Please tell me in the comments below!

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