Books I Read in January

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This is now a monthly tradition: sharing the books I’ve read each month.This is the list of the books I read in January. 

I usually only list the non-fiction books I read every month. I have one exception this month because, even though this book is a work of fiction, it is full of truth and wisdom which take it far beyond a work of fiction.


Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears

by  Margaret Feinberg

I need to be honest and say I did not finish this book. I know this book was meant to be uplifting and maybe it is, I guess I will never know.

For me, it was heavy. This is a woman’s struggle with a cancer diagnosis. Both my parents died of cancer. My mother from breast cancer (incidentally, the same cancer as Margaret Feinberg’s). Her struggles hit too close to home and I found it depressing so stopped listening to it.

[Audible] [Amazon]


The Alchemist

by Paul Coehlo

For me, this work of fiction is inspired and I absolutely loved it. My plan is to buy a hard copy so that I may read it again and highlight passages and phrases which mean something to me.

I plan on re-reading it often.

An amazing read.

[Audible] [Amazon]

Books I Read in January




Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World

by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane

An interesting read about the impact of electronic devices on our kids. There was a lot of information I was already familiar with such as the impact of electronics and video games on the brain.

The authors offered some good suggestions.

Overall an interesting book.

[Audible] [Amazon]


Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

by Stuart Brown, M.D.

The research about the many benefits of play was mentioned in Bréné Brown’s talk Becoming Wholehearted. I found the idea fascinating and decided to research this topic further.

This book was informative and enjoyable. I plan on learning more about play and playing more.

[Audible] [Amazon]


The Secret Language of the Heart: How to Use Music, Sound, and Vibration as Tools for Healing and Personal Transformation

I love music and I believe it does have an incredible effect on us and our emotions. It may even provide healing. This book was interesting and after reading it, I felt encouraged to make new playlists on my iPod.



Breast Cancer and Iodine: How to Prevent and How to Survive Breast Cancer

by Dr. David Derry M.D., Ph.D.

A very short and easy read. Dr. Derry’s research sparked my curiosity for sure. I plan on studying this subject further.




Books About Crafts

I have been wanting to have more fun with my youngest kiddos. This month, we had a great time making some origami shapes. I also wanted to do some research on miniature gardens and clay projects.

I found every single one of these books at our Public Library.

AmiguruME Pets: Make Cute Crochet Animals

I was not impressed with this book. None of the patterns appealed to me. I am sure it is solely a personal preference thing and does by no means reflect on the author.


Kids’ Crafts: Polymer Clay: 30 Terrific Projects to Roll, Mold & Squish

by Irene Semanchuk Dean

There were some cute ideas that I may pursue at a later time.



Liquid Polymer Clay: Fabulous New Techniques for Making Jewelry and Home Accents

by Ann Mitchell and Karen Mitchell

A nice book but way beyond what I feel capable of doing.


Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World

by Janit Calvo and Kate Baldwin

A cute book but not my favorite of the two  I read on this subject this month.


Miniature Gardens: Design and create miniature fairy gardens, dish gardens, terrariums and more-indoors and out

by Katie Elzer-Peters

I really enjoyed this book and it gave me quite a few ideas for another miniature garden. I especially enjoyed the very helpful section on miniature plants.



My First Origami Book: 35 fun papercrafting projects for children aged 7 years 

This is the book we used most this month. My boys kept going back to it time and time again. One of my twins especially took to origami. He made quite a few to give away to his friends.

I found some origami paper online. Michael’s also carries some.


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