The Girl Who Wrote in Silk: I actually read this book at the end of December, but I loved it SO much that I wanted to be sure to share it here. It tells the story of Inara Erickson who finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house in her deceased aunt's island home. As it turns out, Inara's life is tied to that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl driven from her home a century before. The book goes back and forth between the two women and the storytelling is fabulous. I devoured this book in two days and can't stop talking about it.
A Man Called Ove: A Novel: This is my book club's March select. I wanted to get it read right away so I could share my copy. Thankfully it was easy because it was one of the best books I have ever read. Ever. It is about an old man who on the exterior is a curmudgeon, but beyond that exterior has an incredible story. I don't want to share to much, but trust me when I say, if you like fiction, you must read this book.
Winter Garden: After reading The Nightingale I promptly went to the used bookstore and bought every Kristin Hannah book I could find. Several people recommended I start with Winter Garden, so I brought it with me on my beach trip this past weekend. It's nearly 400 pages, so I thought maybe I would make a dent. No, I read the whole thing in two days. It tells the story of two daughters who never really knew their mother Anya's story. As they dig in, they learn about Anya's life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago.
Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time: I think about the principles in this book every single day. If you are interested in being more productive, using your time better and just changing the way you look at projects, this book is a must-read. (It's a great companion to The Fringe Hours.)
In addition, I continued my daily/weekly journaling in the following:
What did you read this month?