January Reads | The Life of K: January Reads

Thursday, February 4, 2016

January Reads

Well, I must admit that I spent a lot of my spare time in January watching tv instead of reading. I was able to finish three books, but that puts my a bit behind on my goal of 50 for the year. But now that I've made my way through 5 seasons of Scandal I'm back to reading more.

1. 10% Happier by Dan Harris



After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. After learning about research that suggests meditation can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain, Harris took a deep dive into the underreported world of CEOs, scientists, and even marines who are now using it for increased calm, focus, and happiness. 10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America's spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.

What I thought

I thought this book, which was part autobiography, part textbook, was pretty good. The author makes a strong case for meditation. And he's not the only one - I've been hearing about the benefits of meditation all over the place. Enough so that I've started my own practice? No. But I might.

If you want to know more about how to meditate this book probably isn't for you, but if you'd like to hear one guy's story about how he became convinced that meditation was worth it, read it.

2. Make Me by Lee Child



A Jack Reacher Novel

“Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there’s something about Chang . . . so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way—right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine.

Walking away would have been easier. But as always, Reacher’s rule is: If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.

What I thought

Lee Child's books are pretty solid and Jack Reacher is a great character to read about. He gets into all sorts of situations that would never happen. This book kept me guessing. Not my favourite but not so bad either.

3. The Murder House by James Patterson



It has an ocean-front view, a private beach--and a deadly secret that won't stay buried.

No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.

Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn't been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion's history is much darker than even the town's most salacious gossips could have imagined. As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth--before the Murder House claims another victim.

Full of the twists and turns that have made James Patterson the world's #1 bestselling writer, THE MURDER HOUSE is a chilling, page-turning story of murder, money, and revenge.

What I thought

James Patterson is another author who writes well and this book held my attention but wasn't life-changing. I guess I can't expect that from every book I read, huh?

Here's when I ask you what you're reading because I'm always looking for new books so tell me!

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