quick lit – next page, please {may 2019}

 

May was a very good reading month.  I read seven books, and unless I am mistaken that is the most books I have read in a month this year.

 Read

  • We Should All Be Feminist and Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I watched Adichie’s TEDTalk and was interested in what more she had to say on this topic.  These books are super short but I’m counting them toward my overall goal to read 39 books in 2019.
  • Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis. I went into this one with a little trepidation based upon the feedback I had seen on social media. I began reading it in Barnes & Noble and realized that I wanted to mark it up and so I bought it. I don’t know if I agreed with everything she said but I DEFINITELY needed to hear all of it! And I can honestly say that I have made some positive changes in my life as a result of my reading the book.
  • If You want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland. I thoroughly enjoyed this book on writing craft. It presented a different perspective on writing than one that I have heard before. I got this from the library and will probably want to read it again.
  • The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone. I was so excited to see a sequel to The Expats which I read in 2014 after I had started it and abandoned it. Then it became a Rocket City Mom Book Club pick and I read it again and really loved it. I was #1 on the Hold list at my library (that NEVER happens) and I picked it up as soon as it became available. I gotta say, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one.  All the elements that I liked about The Expats, (IE. the malaise of mommydom) was there but maybe, just like The Expats, I am not appreciating it as I should on the first reading.  I must admit that I read it in a rush because it was not renewable and I had to return it to the library. The storyline was a wee bit difficult to follow (stocks and investments were involved and I don’t get those so that might have had something to do with it). As always, I enjoyed the different perspectives on the world and the political commentary about racial tension, immigration, stereotypes in Europe.  If you like thrillers and enjoyed The Expats, I’d be interested in your take on this.
  • Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson. Psychological thriller so a departure for Jackson. Full review will appear on the blog soon.
  • The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal. This was my pick from the three that Anne Bogel recommended to me when I was a guest on her podcast What Should I Read Next, Episode 179. I am currently working on a comprehensive blog post to tell you what I think.

Currently Reading

  • That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam. I am reading this because it is the next pick of the Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club. You can check us out on Facebook here.
  • The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. Due to two trips out of town, my tidying has been delayed. I’m rereading these according to the categories I’m dealing with at the time. I’m working on Komono now.

On Hold/Abandoned Reading

  • The Huntress

What have you been reading?

Per usual, I am linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy. I am amazed by that community. You should check it out.

enjoy life…

 

 

quick lit – next page, please {april 2019}

April was the month of Taylor Jenkins Reid.  I had read one of her earlier works, Maybe In Another Life in March of 2017.

Read

  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This was a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and I was determined to read this while everyone else was reading it. I often feel left out of conversations because I seem to read something after everyone else has read it. I plan on doing a full review of it in the near future.  I will say that Daisy Jones was so interestingly written, the story is told as an oral history, that I wanted to read everything Taylor Jenkins Reid has ever written. So I did. I read everything on her backlist that was available at my local library.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I stayed up half the night three times to read “just one more page”.
  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This complicated story about what could happen if your husband, who is also the love of your life, goes missing and is presumed dead, only to reappear after you have moved on and have a fiance’. Definitely, another page-turner.
  • I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott. My full review will be out later, but I must say that there were parts that brought me to tears.

Currently Reading

  • The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal. This was my pick from the three Anne Bogel recommended to me when I was a guest on her podcast What Should I Read Next, Episode 179.
  • That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam. I am reading this because it is the next pick of the Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club. You can check us out on Facebook here.
  • The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. Due to two trips out of town, my Enjoylife Project: Create Home thru Konmari has been delayed. I’m rereading these according to the categories I’m dealing with at the time. I’m working on Komono now.

On Hold/Abandoned Reading

  • Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan. This one was abandoned because there were so many other interesting things I was more excited to read and it was due at the library and couldn’t be renewed. I may go back to it. I may not.

What have you been reading?

enjoy life…

Per usual, I am linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy. I am amazed by that community. You should check it out.

quick lit – next page, please {march 2019}

 

During these monthly posts, I like to look at what I am currently reading, have read, and have abandoned because it just wasn’t for me.

Currently Reading

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I have stayed up half the night three nights in a row to read “just one more page”.
  • The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman and This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide by Geneen Roth. I loved The Next Right Thing and wrote a full review here. Like I said in that review, this book and Messy Magnificent Life are meant to be read again and again.  And I’m doing just that.
  • The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. Due to two trips out of town, my tidying has been delayed. I still hope to finish by the end of May. I’m rereading these two according to the categories I’m dealing with at the time. Komono is next.

Read

  • Where We Belong by Emily Giffin. Finished reading this one for our Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club. My full review will be up on their site shortly. I will say this, if you’re curious about what could possibly happen when an adoptive teen finds her birth mom, you might like this one.
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia McLachlan. I read this one because I am helping my sister with my nephew’s English (go figure, LOL). He had to write a report on the book and I had never read it before. Very nice. Very sweet.
  • The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. This one was full of research and facts about some of the difference between men and women and how women sometimes sabotage their own confidence. It wasn’t necessarily as story-driven as Quiet (thanks for the language, Modern Mrs. Darcy) but a good informative read. I learned a lot about improving my own confidence.
  • The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. I had to pick this up to see how different it was for the one for women. It wasn’t full of as much research and was full of scenarios for your preteen or teen to work through. I think it would be a good read for any girl with an older family member or a mentor.
  • Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee. I was happy to finally finish this one and fulfil my commitment to read at least one book on writing craft per quarter. I had been struggling.
  • The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman. Read it. That’s all I’m going to say.

On Hold/Abandoned Reading

  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Felt like a slog. I had to let it go.

What have you been reading?

enjoy life…

Per usual, I am linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy. I am amazed by that community. You should check it out.