January 31, 2017

    Several weeks ago, I made an promise to myself to read twelve books in 2017. With 4 (sort of 5) under my belt, I'd say I'm off to a great start. I genuinely love to read, but time escapes me. I hope this year helps me fall in love again with reading and this is something I can do for years to come.

What did I read in January?

    The Magnolia Story is an autobiography of everyone's favorite reality TV couple. I have never watched two more down to Earth people on television, and their personalities radiate through their stories of childhood, dating, and hardships. I'm not sure there will every be a more relateable couple than Chip and Joanna Gaines. Fantastic read!

    When I say, sort of 5 books, it's because the last week of December I started a book called Legend. It was the first of a trilogy that I actually purchased for Joshua as a Christmas present. I can't lie and say I didn't purchase it for my own selfish reasons, though. I dove into Legend like I had when I first read the Hunger Games series. If you're a fan of the Hunger Games, you would love Marie Lu's young adult novel Legend about a futuristic society where floods caused by global warming have covered much of what was once North America. The United States splits into two separate countries, the Republic and the Colonies. The entire story is told by two young adults both from very different backgrounds as they search for answers in the world around them. Quickly, they realize not everything is as it seems.

    Which brings us to book 2 in the Legend series, Prodigy. In the second installment, you follow the two main characters, June and Day through their adventures once again, this time with some crazy action packed goodness. I swear I hope these books make it to the big screen one day! 

    While I waited on the last book in the Legend series to arrive, I decided to start Carrie Fisher's The Princess Diarist, an intimate autobiography of Carrie Fisher's time filming the very first Star Wars movie and even a bit of how she felt towards being asked to be a part of the The Force Awakens. There are also real pages included in the book of a diary she kept during filming. I'm going to be honest with you, if you're a Star Wars fan, a Carrie Fisher fan, this book will just break your heart into a zillion pieces. She cracks jokes about her death, about how everyone will always remember her as the princess with the "bookends" on the side of her head. (aka the famous Princess Leia buns) Most of all, this is a very sad, tragic almost, story of a nineteen year old who falls in love with someone that could not be who she wanted. Unless you live under a rock, you know that someone is/ was Harrison Ford. She tells about their confusing connection in such a tasteful way, your heart can't help but explode and revert back to all those memories of the first time you felt that fire towards someone. If you're at all a Star Wars fan, read this. I bawled through 80% of it. 

    Lastly, the final installment of the Legend trilogy. Champion was hard for me to read. Firstly, because not even 24 hours after receiving it, I spilled an entire bottle of water on it causing it to be propped up right in front of a space heater for two days. Secondly, because I was dreading this story to end. I had become so attached to these characters and to be quite honest, I was so worried Marie Lu was going to pull an Allegiant on me. (Seriously so bitter about how the Divergent series ended that book ended). I cried when I reached the last page of this book, but I can say this series is right up there with Hunger Games and I wouldn't be surprised if it was one day a box office hit.

What books did you read in the month of January? 
Any suggestions of what I should add to my list?  

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