This Month in Reading

Every month we have been rounding up the best things we read. In January, we focused on the job search. Rachel got a full time job at as an office assistant at an Arlington law firm and started working on the 28th. We also both celebrated our birthdays.

Rachel’s Reads


  • The Featured Creature rounds up the world’s sneakiest animals.
  • This advice about webcomics from one of my favorite webcomic authors, Nedroid, can apply to any creative endeavors, including blogging.
  • Surprising things about NZ’s South Island over at Go See Write. I totally agree that Wanaka is superior to Queenstown! And now I want to go to Scotland.
  • 20 Years Hence went to Mulu, and now I really wish I had gone!
  • Drool over Our Tasty Travel’s best eats of 2013. Bring me some of that brindzove halusky, please (Slovakian bacon mac n cheese)!
  • Fascinating pictures of where children sleep around the world on Matador Network.
  • Alex in Wanderland saw and did some awesome things in the rainforest of Peru.
  • A nice guide to squat toilets by Traveling 9 to 5. I hate squat toilets because my legs aren’t flexible enough to squat with my feet flat, so I’m always about to fall over. But they are certainly common around the world!
  • Nomadic Matt on how to cope with travel mistakes.
  • Gorgeous video on Thailand at Go Backpacking.
  • Are you ready to start cooking at home? Here are some inspirations at Naturally Ella.
  • [NSFW] Reddit’s Ask Me Anything forum is often very interesting. In January, Reddit was abuzz with this AMA from a man with a condition called diphallia. DISCLAIMER: VERY NSFW! The thread is fascinating because the guy is really candid about having two penises. I hesitated with whether this link was appropriate for the blog, but it really was one of the best things I read on the internet this month.

Books - I read 5 books this month – rather lower than usual.

  • The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley – A historical mystery with a touch of fantasy, about a woman who can tell the history of certain objects by touching them. Very fascinating, I really liked it.
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (audiobook) – It took us a really long time to listen to this, because it was a 22 hour long audio book and we weren’t driving that much. It was a very epic and sprawling novel. I found it well written but with little plot or urgency to really captivate me.
  • Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone – A really interesting steampunk fantasy that makes contract law into dark magic. Definitely different than other fantasy I’ve read.
  • Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook – The concept sounded intriguing but the book itself was a bit repetitive. Apparently it was an article that expanded into a book; I’d say it didn’t expand enough to be interesting.
  • On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn – The last book in the Bridgerton romance series. Not the best by any means, but also not bad.

Jeff’s Reads


Books - I read two book this month.

  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (audiobook) – It enjoyed this book a fair bit, but it isn’t for everyone. I totally forgave it for being slow and meandering because the setting was so interesting. My biggest problem was that parts of the ending didn’t really make sense.
  • Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone – The magic system in this book is unlike any other I’ve encountered. It’s really interesting and innovative.

What did you read this month?

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