quick lit – next page, please {june 2018}

My list is smaller this month but that’s because I got a hold of the Millenium Series and each of these books is close to or over 600 pages. I definitely lost a lot of sleep behind Lisbath Salander.


  • The Convenient Store Woman by Sayaki Murata. Very short easy to read tale. I enjoyed being exposed to a different culture that I am not familiar with but if it hadn’t been so short, I probably would not have finished it. (Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Pick #7) MMD Category: a book in translation
  • Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life by Cleo Wade. MMD Category: A book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller. Since I was looking to fulfill this category I asked for a recommendation at Parnassus Books in Nashville. Grace, who is no longer there recommended this one.  I will be picking this one up again and again.  It would make an awesome grad’s gift.
  • Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam. I love everything Vanderkam does and this one was no exception. Picked up a lot of great ideas for feeling less busy while getting more done.:) No MMD Category; just the sheer joy of reading.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) by Stieg Larsson. This one was recommended by my friend, Joy (who has written a guest post for this blog) a long time ago. I started it, read 30 pages and abandoned it as not for me.  I should have read 60 pages because after that I couldn’t put it down.  So very good. MMD Category: A book over 500 pages long.  This one clocked in close to 600.
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2) by Stieg Larsson. Once I got started on this series, I couldn’t stop. My MMD Summer picks has officially taken a back seat to this series until I can finish it. No MMD Category; just the sheer joy of reading. And it was sheer joy.
  • I’m still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. I struggle to express my feelings on this one. Not sure I’m ready to be that vulnerable in this space.  Bottom line? I’m glad I read it.
  • The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine. I read this one for my Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club (full review here). It was a great guilty pleasure pick.  Couldn’t put it down literally.  I read it in one sitting. And even more amazing considering that Liv Constantine is actually the pen name of two sisters who wrote the book together.  No MMD Category.

Currently Reading

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Millennium #3) by Stieg Larsson. By the time this posts, I will have probably finished this one and moved on to Millennium #4.
  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön. Yep, still reading this one. MMD Category: A book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion than your own but The Widows of Malabar Hill did that.

Abandoned Reading – Temporarily

  • Art of the Memoir by Mary Karr. As I said last month, not quite ready for this one. I own it so I will pick it up in due course.

I only have three categories left in the 2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy’s (MMD) Reading Challenge: (1) a classic you’ve been meaning to read, (2) a book nominated for an award, and (3) A banned book.  I need some help with selecting three good ones.  Any suggestions?

What have you been reading this month?

enjoy life…

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