3 Interesting Books I've Read In January 2021


Reading more is my 2021 resolution. I set myself a goal to read 52 books this year. I started January pretty well. I read a book a week until finals came so I had to focus on studying. I'm sure I'll get back on track as soon as I'm done with them. 

Although I only read 3 books in  January I am still pretty happy with that as both 3 books were very interesting and different. Another reading goal of mine is to mix it up a little bit and explore new genres. I really recommend these books to those who need a quick read or want to learn something new. 

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3 INTERESTING BOOKS I READ IN JANUARY 


ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by GAIL HONEYMAN



"Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she'll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . ."

This book has been on my reading list for as long as it's seen the light of day. I heard so many amazing things about it but finally got my hands on it in January. If you like books that make you sympathize or even relate to a character then this is definitely a book for you. 

Eleanor is so quirky and borderline weird but still someone you would want to hang out with. There were times when I cried, laughed out loud, and felt completely shocked. It is definitely one of those books that just make you read one page after another wanting to know what will happen next. 



GO SET A WATCHMAN by HARPER LEE 

"From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—"Scout"—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. 
Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can be guided only by one's conscience.
Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic."

Of course, after reading To Kill A Mockingbird I just had to read the second part of this book, Go Set A Watchman. I actually bought this book first and waited to get To Kill A Mockingbird to start reading it. I'm glad I did it that way although you can read this part prior to the first one. This book made just so much more sense because I could connect things from the first book. Go Set A Watchman in my opinion had a different tone than To Kill A Mockingbird. 


MAN AND THE STATE  by JACQUES MARITAIN


 

"Of time-transcending value, this book is probably the most succinct and clearest statement of Thomistic political theory available to the English-language reader. 
Written during his exile from war-torn Europe, Man and the State is the fruit of Maritain's considerable learning as well as his reflections on his positive American experience and on the failure of regimes he closely encountered on the Continent."

This book stands out from this list and that's because it was my uni read. I usually don't include these kinds of books but thought that this one deserves to be mentioned. You probably never even heard about Jaques Maritain or know a little bit about him. Jacques Maritain is a French philosopher and political thinker, was one of the principal exponents of Thomism in the twentieth century. 

If you are into politics and want to understand it better then this is a book you need to read. Man and the State are actually combined lectures. Once you get the hang of it you will be able to notice how we use certain terms completely wrong and how what we think about the state, nation, and human is actually a misunderstanding. 




Have you read any of these books? 
Which one sounds the most interesting to you? 


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