Huzzah! New year, new books! Here’s what I’ve read in my January 2018 book haul.
1. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson (3/5 stars)
The Summer Before the War reveals the lives of a small English town before and after WWI. The story’s quite slow. You’ll start to wonder when the war finally starts.
However, I loved Simonson’s beautiful descriptions of the English countryside. She makes you feel like you truly there.
2. The Art of Doing by Camille Sweeney & Josh Gosfield (4/5 stars)
What does an Indy 500 racecar driver, a New York Times bestselling author, and erotica movie director have in common? They took action to get to where they are now.
The Art of Doing is an inspiring collection of interviews with people who have accomplished amazing feats.
Guests include Laura Linney, Yogi Berra, Alec Baldwin, Stephen J. Dubner, Constance Rice, Phillippe Petit, Jessica Watson, the founders of OkCupid, and the band OK Go.
3. Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jocko Willink (4/5 stars)
Discipline Equals Freedom will teach you how to boost your mental and physical state. You must have the discipline to control your life. Without it, life controls you.
4. The Great Pyramid Hoax by Scott Creighton (2.5-3/5 stars) (review)
The Great Pyramid Hoax has an appealing premise regarding forgery in the Great Pyramids. Unfortunately, the extensive evidence has bored me to sleep.
On the bright side, I’m looking forward to reading more of Scott Creighton’s books in the future.
5. Mental Chemistry by Charles F. Haanel (5/5 stars) (review)
Changing reality is all about mindset. Charles F. Haanel offers readers a detailed look how we are truly the creators of our realities. What we see in our lives reflects our beliefs. Control your thoughts, and you’ll control your world.
6. 1602: Marvel by Neil Gaiman (4/5 stars)
Imagine your favorite Marvel characters and set them in the Elizabethan era. You’ll love this comic if you already love Marvel and Neil Gaiman’s works.
Queen Elizabeth is dead, and the new king is setting up an inquisition killing off mutants. Now, it’s up to the survivors to find a safe escape route out of Europe.
7. African American Classics edited by Tom Pomplun and Lance Tooks (4/5 stars)
Stories from famous African-American writers like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston are taken into graphic novel form. A highly recommended Black History month read!
8. Superman/Wonder Woman (volume one): “Power Couple” by Charles Soule (3/5 stars)
Wonder Woman and Superman together? Yeah, I can see that. They make a great couple, but they don’t get to spend much quality time together. Darn villains keep threatening Earth!
9. Thor (volume one): “The Goddess of Thunder” by Jason Aaron (4/5 stars)
This Thor series was exciting and awesome! Too bad it’s only two volumes. A woman has taken Thor’s hammer, and everybody in the universe is trying to figure out who she is.
10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle & Hope Larson (3/5 stars)
I’ve read the graphic novel since I’ve never had time to read the book when I was a kid. I liked Meg’s story crossing dimensions to find her missing father. I wish she weren’t such a whiner though.
11. Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale (3/5 stars)
Never attempt to travel through America with an ox wagon during the winter. I repeat, just don’t!
This historical graphic novel unfolds the tragic story of the Donner Party. During the mid 19th-century, 87 travelers endured a harsh journey from Springfield, Illinois to California. Only 48 made it to the sunny state. Cannibalism was involved.
YA (Young Adult)
12. 23:27 by H.L Roberts (3/5 stars)
Young rock star Lilith is trapped between staying to true herself and being a puppet to the music industry. It’s taking a toll on her relationship with her band member Alec.
This emotional roller coaster story has its highs and serious lows. You’d want to jump into Lilith’s world and make everything better for her.
What was in your January book haul?
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