What I Read in January

I’ll try to update this monthly if I can.

I use Goodreads to track my reading and find it an indispensable tool in finding out what my friends are reading. In no particular order, here are the 8 books I read last month.

The Poisoner’s Handbook. I loved how this nonfiction book started out and thought I was going to love it. And I did for the first half. It started getting redundant about halfway through. I feel that it was just a bit disorganized for my taste but a nice walkthrough of different poisons from the early 20th century.

Queen of Sorcery and Magician’s Gambit. Books two and three of The Belgariad which is one of my favorite series of all time. It’s simplistic, your usual hero’s journey/LOTR derivative, but also filled with old friends. It’s my comfort reading and I am unapologetic about my love for it.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway. It keeps you guessing although I wasn’t a fan of the writing style.

The Outsider by Stephen King. Not one of his strongest books but it starts out fast and you can’t help but turn the pages. About halfway through it loses its steam and kind of coasts to the finish line. But the beginning really is good enough to recommend it.

Moral Letters to Lucilius. Only if you’re in the mood to delve into some stoicism. If so, dive in. If not, see The Outsider.

The Word is Murder. A nice spin on Sherlock Holmes if Sherlock was a grizzled former police detective and Watson was a screenwriter. Actually, that sounds like a terrible premise but it does actually work on the page.

Year One by Nora Roberts. I think this is the first Nora Roberts book I have ever read which is weird considering that she has written 25,000 books. Actually, that’s probably the reason why I have stayed away from her books. I rarely trust authors who write that much. (King is the exception.) They get kind of a James Patterson odor about them imo. But, this is my favorite books that I have read to this point. It’s a nice post-apocalyptic fiction which is a mix of The Stand and The Walking Dead, so there’s very little new ground here other than a supernatural element where some of the survivors end up with supernatural powers. I’ll gladly read book 2.

What have you guys been reading?