It’s funny– I don’t call myself a book blogger. (And I rarely accept books for review. I’m serious–rarely. Definitely don’t ask me if we’ve never interacted before in person or on social media. Really, please don’t.) Yet, I post about books often. I cannot help myself! I love to read, and I love to discuss what I’m reading.

Here’s a QUICK first post of 2017 with the books I’m reading over the next few weeks. What about you? What are reading?

#1. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

I’m currently savoring this book, which I admit I started a few weeks ago. I could have finished it in one sitting, but I enjoy Rosenthal’s voice so much that I don’t want it to end. This is an usual book concept. Read the description in the link to understand what Rosenthal created here. It was given to me as a gift from a dear member of the writing group I co-lead in Minneapolis on Thursdays. Thank you again, Carolyn!

#2. Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett

Recommended by many people, but I especially remember Katie Noah Gibson’s recommendation at Great New Books.

#3. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

This was my December pick from The Book Of The Month Club. I read a chunk of it today. It includes many letters from one character to another, which I happen to love in a book. We’ll see how it all plays out.

#4. Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living by Manjula Martin

I got this one as an advance copy from I’m reading it on my Kindle so there’s no photo to share. I requested it from netgalley because I enjoyed Martin’s magazine (also named Scratch) before it folded last year.


There are Amazon affiliate links in this post and one Book of The Month link.

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Nina Badzin is a freelance writer, a writing workshop leader at ModernWell in Minneapolis, ModernWell's book club host, and the friendship columnist at The HerStories Project. She reviews 50 books a year on her blog and writes essays, short stories, and articles for other sites and print magazines. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.

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