This Month in Reading

Every month we have been reflecting on the best things we read. In December, we spent a week in Vientiane, got our Thai tourist visas, and then moved to Chiang Mai!

Rachel’s Reads


Books – I read 3 books this month. The internet wildly distracted me from reading.

  • City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels, books 3 and 4 of the Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare – The thing about this series is it would have been just fine as a trilogy. I didn’t enjoy book 4 and opted to read a summary of 5 and not even bother with it.
  • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx – Book written in “newspaper style.” Difficult to read. Interesting characters, but overall not my favorite.

Jeff’s Reads



Books – Well I had another month of not reading much, only two books. I started several and couldn’t really get into them. I’m really in the mood for some good nonfiction.


What were your best reads this month? 


  1. Liisa

    Hey Jeff,

    Not sure if you were really looking for a book recommendation but I thought I”d share one of the non-fiction books I liked this year in case you were. I read “War Games” by Linda Polnan over summer. It’s about the world of international Aid, a subject prior to reading this book I didn’t know that much about. It was very interesting reading, although a bit sad and disillusioning. I ended up reading some bits aloud to Gavin because I found them so surprising. It’s also fairly short and written in clear, concise easy to read language. Sebastien Junger is another non-fiction author I’d recommend. He’s written several good books including “The Perfect Storm”, which was turned into a movie, and most recently “War” about his time embedded with a marine unit in the Korengal valley in Afghanistan a place that possibly saw some of the most ongoing violence during the war.

    By the way guys, I enjoy reading your monthly posts about what tou’ve been reading and all the links you provide 🙂

    • Jeff

      Thanks Liisa. I really was looking for a recommendation. I’ll check if I have a decent way to gain access to your suggestions and if I do, you’ll probably be seeing me review it soon!

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