Sparkling Allison

American expat in Denmark, mom, lover of sparkles and staplers, avid book club member.

January Books

Sparkling Allison

I got a huge jump on my 2016 reading goal this month, in part by wrapping up some books that I actually started in December. Here's the selection and my picks.

Favorite Book: A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman

I read this after devouring his other novel My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, which was just magnificent. A Man Called Ove was similar in tone and themes, but the story was quite different. Beautifully done.

Least Favorite: Mama Tried by Emily Flake

This is supposed to be a humorous book about parenthood, but it missed the mark with me, mostly because it seemed geared towards very new parents as opposed to someone with a toddler. I may have felt differently about the book if I'd read it while breastfeeding, but reading it today it felt ham-fisted.

Honorable Mention: Superhuman Social Skills by Tynan

I took exactly one thing away from this book, and it's the idea that you should "bring something to the party". That thing isn't an actual thing, like wine or flowers, which you should also bring... That thing is something that brings value to your social circle. The idea is to be an active participant by bringing interesting conversation topics, or hosting fun events or whatever suits you, which increases your social value and helps to expand your circle. It's a little thing, but as an introvert it is something I need to keep in the back of my head.