Books in Progress: What I’m Reading Right Now – January 2018

books in progress

What’s up, fellow readers? I hope the new year is treating you well so far and that you are elbow deep in fantastic reads. January is off to a slow start for me in terms of reading. I’ve only finished one book so far this year! That’s not a promising trend for my year end total…

But I have several good books in the works right now, so maybe there is still hope, especially since we are only about 5% into the year as of today. There’s lots of room for recovery in the remaining 95% that stretches before me, I think.

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Just Finished:

The Lacemaker

I just posted a glowing review of this book last week, so I knew it was going to be hard to top it with whatever came next. I loved the story and the history in this book, and I keep saying how pretty the cover is, which isn’t actually important, but really it is. You know what I mean.

In Progress:

The Most Eligible Bachelors Romance Collection

You may recall seeing this one before on Read. Eat. Repeat. If so, it’s because I chose it for my January reading challenge pick. I’m just a few pages in, but so far so good. I hope I can get it finished by the end of the month! Fun fact: I have a thing for novella collections. Maybe it’s because it feels like you get so much bang for your buck, since they tend to be thick with tiny print. If I was ordering another one right now it would be this one.


I actually started out reading this one in physical book form, but I wasn’t making a lot of progress even though I was enjoying, because other books kept taking precedence. So I switched tactics, and now I’m listening to the audiobook courtesy of my library’s online library program. It’s going much more quickly now, and I like the narrator’s voice – she’s very soothing. This was the last book left on my reading list for last year, so I’m looking forward to the sense of accomplishment I expect to feel when I (slightly belatedly) mark it off the list soon.

Troubled Waters

Smack in the middle of this one and expecting to finish it by the end of the day. It’s a bit different than what I usually read, but I’m enjoying it and planning to post a full review later this week, so stayed tuned for that for more details. In the meantime, just know it is full of beautiful people who love each other and don’t know how to say it, as well as lots of nature related disasters from which to escape or be saved.

Jesus Calling

Now, I’m only going to mention this once, but you can assume it’s actually still on my list for the rest of the year. This is a yearlong devotional, with a short reflection passage and some suggested verses to read assigned for each day of the year. And even though I shouldn’t be, I’m often surprised at how perfectly the reading for any given day addresses my current thoughts or state of mind. I’ve written before about how much I love year long devotionals, because they keep me on track and help eliminate some decision fatigue about what to study each day, and I’m really enjoying this one so far.

Up Next:

A Song Unheard

Hoping to get find this one in my mailbox by the time I’m done with the others! It’s the second in a series, the first of which I enjoyed immensely last year, so I can’t wait to see what this book holds. Ever since I read the A Name Unknown I have been a raving fan of Roseanna M. White and have been tracking down her other books, too.

Thanks to Modern Mrs. Darcy for hosting a quick lit link up! If you want to see what even more bloggers are reading right now, go check her out.

What are you reading right now?


  1. I love your reading lists updates and have a running list of your recommendations! I just need to figure out how to read when my eyes aren’t so heavy at night. lol. I am currently reading Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again but it’s been a struggle to get through, emotionally.

    • Wow, that sounds like a heavy read. Maybe once you finish that one you could find a light, fun book to follow it up with. Those are the ones I like to read at bedtime lol.

  2. Smart- listening to Rebecca via audiobook! This one has been on my list for a long time but since I’m not a big classics reader, it has taken me awhile. Adding this to my library audio list now!

    • I like classics but for some reason I kept ignoring this one even though I would enjoy it when I picked it up. Weird, I know, but the audiobook seems to be helping!

  3. I cannot resist a great book recommendation post! Putting many of these on my to read list. I also like your idea of trying an audio book if you enjoy a particular story but can’t make progress. Thanks so much.

  4. Nice, thanks for sharing, I am working on my list of books to read I try to read a new book every 2-3 weeks. Slowly but surely making it work for me. How to you find your reads… word of mouth, research?

    • I get a lot of recommendations from podcasts and following other bloggers. Are you familiar with the Modern Mrs. Darcy website? She has tons of great recommendations and a podcast called What Should I Read Next that I listen to every single week. I also sometimes find books on amazon that are related to ones I searched for, and am involved in book review programs for a couple of my favorite publishing companies. I hope that helps you find some great reads! I can recommend more blogs and podcasts to follow as well, if you need more suggestions but that should give you a good start 🙂

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