Books Read: January 2015

You can read about why I decided to start doing this here.

* denotes a book that I had already read at least once before

A Buzz in the Meadow (Dave Goulson)

“So What Are You Going to Do With That?” Finding Careers Outside Academia (Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius)

Growing Like a Weed (A For Better or For Worse Collection- Lynn Johnston)

Middle Age Spread (A FBOFW Collection- Lynn Johnston)

My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire (Michelle Goodman)

*Sunshine and Shadow (A FBOFW Collection- Lynn Johnston)

The Big 5-0  (A FBOFW Collection- Lynn Johnston)

For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage (Tara Parker-Pope)

Some Luck (Last Hundred Year Trilogy, Book One, Jane Smiley)

Resume Magic (Susan Whitcomb)

Caleb’s Crossing (Geraldine Brooks)

Getting Things Done (David Allen)

Graduation: A Time for Change (A FBOFW Collection- Lynn Johnston)

*Family Business (A FBOFW Collection- Lynn Johnston)

With This Ring (A FBOFW Collection- Lynn Johnston)

Reality Check (A FBOFW Collection- Lynn Johnston)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain)

Drums of Autumn (Outlander, Book Four, Diana Gabaldon)


When I was home over Christmas, I found myself rereading some of the For Better Or For Worse comic books that my mother has collected. She has a fair number of them, but her collection cuts off about halfway through the strip (with the occasional later addition). I decided to track down (through the library) the volumes I hadn’t read. I wasn’t able to get them all- the collections that include Elly’s pregnancy, the birth of April and her toddler/preschool years weren’t in the library’s holdings, but in the end I only missed a few.

I grew up reading FBOFW. I’m a couple of years younger than the Pattersons’ eldest child, Michael, and about the same age as their daughter, Elizabeth, so as they aged in real-time, so did I. I could identify with their trials and tribulations, although depending on the situation I sometimes felt a stronger connection with Michael, sometimes with Elizabeth.

I loved this strip. It held (and still holds) a very dear place in my heart, and it was a delight to start revisiting it.

Lots of books this month trying to help me with my career angst. Some more helpful than others. Reading Quiet was a real game changer. I’d still like to write a post about it.

Drums of Autumn got me back into the Outlander series. I came to it very late- started reading the books last fall- and I found Voyager in particular to be a real slog. But this one, even clocking in at almost 900 pages, hooked me but good and rekindled my willingness to see the series through to the end.

Really liked A Buzz in the Meadow. I love books written by naturalists who can actually write. This one was delightful- lots of fascinating information about various arthropod species coupled with descriptions of his property in France and how it changes over the years. Immediately put his earlier book (A Sting in the Tale– about bees) on hold at the library.

Much preferred Some Luck to Caleb’s Crossing, although both were worth the read. Put some more of Jane Smiley’s work on hold too (although I’ve left them inactive for now- I’ll come back to them later).



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11 responses to “Books Read: January 2015

  1. I can certainly relate to your younger reading self. I was always the kid with the book reading, reading, reading instead of being outside playing. I still love to read and am always looking for the next great book. Looking forward to your lists!

  2. I love this idea… but alas, I won’t be able to borrow it. I haven’t had time to do much reading lately, so my posts would be pretty much empty. I miss books terribly. I used to be an avid reader, but life has just gotten so busy. I certainly look forward to seeing what you are reading- I loved the last book you recommended to me, so maybe I’ll find something on one of your lists that will get me reading again!

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  4. Wow, you are a prolific reader! I used to read a lot more books, pre-Internet. :p I do like to do small reviews on my blog — helps me keep track. I’m also a longtime FBOFW fan, and I loved “Quiet” by Susan Cain.

  5. Turia

    Loribeth- reading is a big part of maintaining my mental health! I will sacrifice almost anything else to get time to read.

    Heather- you are a super fan! I have to admit, I doubt I will ever read the series again. The books are so long, and I do find they drag at times (sometimes terribly). But I feel I’m deep enough into the story now that I will have to see it through.

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