Friday, February 6, 2015

What I'm Reading: February

Many of you know that January didn't go quite as I'd planned. Instead of a restful month recovering from the holidays, it was a month of upheaval and job changes. I fell a little behind on my reading list. I finished two of the books on my January list, and I'm halfway done with a third. 

I'm also planning to dive deep into editing my first novel, a mystery. The rough draft is done, but I want to have it polished and ready for agents and editors later this year. When I'm writing, I can't read in the same genre. (Don't ask why because I can't explain it.) I'm changing things up this month with a contemporary spin on a classic, a YA dystopian, and a memoir that's been on my list for months.

Here's what I'm planning to read during this short month:

1. Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

I love food books. Shauna Niequist is one of my favorite authors, and I had just finished Cold Tangerines when I found Lizzy & Jane on sale. I couldn't resist. Plus, I've heard so many great things about Reay's debut novel, Dear Mr. Knightly that I really wanted to check out her books. 

2. Anomaly by Krista McGee

The Hunger Games hooked me on YA dystopian fiction. Anomaly comes highly recommended by friends who enjoyed Hunger Games, so I'm really looking forward to this one.

3. Atlas Girl by Emily T. Wierenga

Books about travel come in a close second to books about food, and this memoir about faith, travel, and yearning for home has been on my to-read list since it released. This book has received rave reviews. I can't wait to dig into it.

4. Nerve by Bethany Macmanus

I know I said I don't read mysteries when I'm writing one, but for one of my writing critique group members, I'll make an exception. I've already started Bethany's newest release, and it's really good!

So far, I'm on track to hit my reading goal of 36 books this year. I'm hoping to surge ahead a little this month.

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