January 2018 Book Report

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Hey, friends! Another month, another book report for you. I only finished two books in January, but they were good ones. Here’s to hoping that you like them too.

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
★★★★☆ | Romance/Books About Books (audiobook)

This book was such a breath of fresh air! It took me quite awhile to listen to it because I was about halfway through it when I went into labor, but I’m kind of glad that it took a long time because I got to savor it. Nina is a literary matchmaker who loves pairing people with the perfect book. When she is laid off her job, she buys a van, fills it with books, and drives it to a small village to start over and sell her books. There’s romance and laughs and great accents if you listen to the audiobook. I didn’t like that the ending left me hanging, which is why it loses a star. Otherwise, so good!

Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
★★★★☆ | Christian

This is my first Jen Hatmaker book and I can totally see the hype. I really loved this collection of essays and definitely plan to pick up others from her! Jen has a way of writing that feels like you’re talking with a friend. She isn’t afraid to talk about the hard stuff or the weird stuff or the controversial stuff. She is apologetically herself and I love that. I particularly enjoyed her chapters on “how to do stuff.” I was literally laughing out loud while reading them. It loses a star because a couple of the essays just weren’t that interesting to me. Overall, really good.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman*
Magical Realism/Fiction (abandoned)

I’ve read a couple others of Hoffman’s books and loved them, but unfortunately that was not the case with this one. This book is about a magical family living in NYC who are cursed by love. Very interesting concept, but for some reason I just could not get into it. I made it about halfway through and that took me forever, so I finally decided to just let myself stop because it just wasn’t getting better. It moved really slowly and I couldn’t fall in love with the characters. I would recommend her book Faithful instead.


Not too many for January, but I’m getting back into a reading rhythm slowly. Choosing reading over my phone has been hard lately for whatever reason, but I’m trying my best!

That’s it for December! Have any books I should add to my list?

Books indicated with an asterisk were given to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are always my own. Promise.

About Leah Van Ert

Leah is newly wed to her high school sweetheart and is a church secretary by day and blogger by night. She firmly believes in spending a little extra on high-quality cuisine, sleeping in, and the healing power of a good cup of tea. She currently lives in central Wisconsin where she was born and raised (and, yes, the stereotype is true - we really do love cheese).