Show US Your Books: January

Life According to Steph

I love this link up!

I've hit a slower couple of weeks with reading this month, mostly because time is flying by and when my head hits the pillow at night, instead of staying up another hour to read,  I pass out like a light!

I am finishing up The Rosie Effect right now. After falling head over heels with Rosie and Don in The Rosie Project, I couldn't wait for their "part 2" to come out. But I have to say, even though I love envisioning Don as Sheldon from Big Bang Theory, this sequel just doesn't have the cuteness factor that Rosie Effect gave me. It's just a typical part 2 and I think the whole "Don's quirky and OCD and clueless" thing is getting pushed a little too hard. I plan on skipping ahead a couple chapters tonight and finishing it. I know it's a no no but I can't help it. I have books upon books to read and this one just isn't holding my attention! I will definitely see the movie if it ever comes out!

I finished The Girl on the Train last month, you can read my review here. And I really enjoyed it. It's also coinciding with my new obession over Cold Justice on TNT

My book challenge is still going strong. I tried to listen to a historical non-fiction about the Kennedys on audiobook but I got really distracted by  a ton of new podcasts so I haven't finished it. 

Do you have any suggestions on autobiographies I should read?

My next book this month is: Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, which I know I've mentioned before and I should have read it by now, but seriously, someone give me the gift of more time! 

Last week, I also re-read some Pippy Longstocking with R2. It's so magical now that she can identify letters. She loves to point out all of the Rs on the page and every time she sees an "M" she says "look, Mommy, your name is in der!" And I die of the cuteness.

What were your books for January? What are you reading now?  


  1. When I read The Rosie Project & The Rosie Effect it seems to me that are trying to portray Don as having Asperger's not just OCD. I have Asperger's and I related a lot to Don.

    I loved The Girl on The Train. I read it in 3 days because I just could not put it down.

    Amy @

  2. I read Girl on a Train in about 24 hours and loved it! (Also love Cold Justice!)

    I just read Reconstructing Amelia which was really good and I'm starting on Defending Jacob.

  3. I enjoyed the Neil Patrick Harris autobiography, although I know some people had trouble with the writing style. I have a goal of reading one autobiography/memoir each month this year.

  4. In January I read:

    Leaving Time (Jodi Picoult)
    If I Stay (Gayle Forman)
    Heaven is for Real (Todd Burpo)
    The Storyteller (Jodi Picoult)

    For an autobiography, I would recommend Tina Fey's Bossypants for funny or Liz Murray's Breaking Night for inspirational. Happy reading!

    Kate @

  5. So I loved The Rosie Project.. I picked up The Rosie Effect and couldn't get through it! I was bummed! But I think you're right - the author is just trying to push his Asperger's/OCD a little too much. Girl on the Train in on my list - I can't wait to read it!

  6. I loved The Rosie Project but have heard many thoughts like yours on part two so I'm not in a hurry to read that.

  7. When I read The Rosie Project, I kept hearing and picturing Sheldon as Don. Not even with the Australian accent. Just Sheldon. But I'm looking forward to reading The Rosie Effect even though I don't have high expectations.

    The Girl on the Train is on my list. I cannot wait to read it!!

  8. These look like good reads. I just joined this link up this month.

  9. very fun list o books. I may have to join in on a few of those. I just read Travels with Charley and I loved it!

  10. The Girl on the Train was one of my January favorites! I also read: Station Eleven, Us, He's Gone, Make it Happen and The Storied Life of AJ Fikry. Definitely recommend them all, especially Station Eleven.

    My recent autobiography favorites are: Brain on Fire, Shucked and Coming Clean

    Love your book challenge.. thanks for sharing!

    Christine @

  11. I love to read, I am currently reading yet another book by Kerry Greenwood she is bloody awesome

  12. I had heard of The Rosie Project--I will have to check it out for sure now!

  13. I loved The Rosie Project but have not checked out sequel. I completely get why it would disappoint. SO want to read Girl on Train. In terms of bios I finished in Jan 41, George W. Bush's bio on his father and his presidency. I enjoyed it! I found it well written, which really surprised me. Well written and engaging.


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