My poor book reading . . . when I look at my Goodreads numbers, it’s pretty clear that I’m not going to hit 200 books again until I have no children left at home.
I also got an iPhone in 2011, so maybe I should blame that instead of my children.
I read 21 books in January, February, and March, which means I really ought to step it up this next quarter:
- Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella
I decided that I really wanted to start the year off with some serious, heavy, academic reading, obviously. I thought the Shopaholic book before this one was truly terrible (by far my least favorite of the whole series), but this one, happily, was significantly better.
- Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Reading this aloud to my child has been a highlight of my life. Also, I kind of want my children to play in a loft on pumpkins.
- The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey
This was fantastic – lots of interesting things and I basically recited the whole thing to Bart as I listened. Also made me feel like it is fine to let your child quit a sport or activity they hate.
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
I re-read this one for my bookclub (I last read it in high school, I think), and it was just as engaging as I remember. Maybe even more so now that I’m an actual adult.
- Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay (full review here)
Oh this was just so fun and funny. Makes me want to go read a bunch of Dave Barry.
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (full review here)
This book is the best book I’ve read so far this year. It truly is incredible. If you haven’t read it, you should go get yourself a copy right this minute.
- The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker
I wanted to like this more than I did – it had some interesting parts, but overall, I felt like it dragged and I’d recommend Salt, Sugar, Fat much more readily.
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I am truly astonished by how much people love this book. I didn’t think it was particularly gripping and then when the big reveal happened at the end, I was just fish-mouthed (and not in a good way. More of a “WHY have I even wasted my time with this?” way).
- The Lake House by Kate Morton (full review here)
Even though it was a little tidy, it was such a FUN read, and I don’t read many books that force me to stay up way past my bedtime. Time to go read her other two books.
- Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
I’ve always thought Jennifer E. Smith comes up with the best plot concepts and then they kind of die out after a bit. This one managed to be good all the way to the end, I thought. And reminded me how much I love a good YA novel.
- One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson (full review here)
I loved how much feedback I got on my review of this one – you guys are some serious Bill Bryson fans! I think I’m going to read I’m a Stranger Here Myself next.
- It Started with Paris by Cathy Kelly
I renewed this one SO many times from the library and finally read it. It was just a fun, light read about five different couples and I just thoroughly enjoyed myself.
- Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham
I don’t know that I’d necessarily recommend this book written entirely in emails, but it was a quick, entertaining read (Attachments is definitely better).
- Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
I read this entirely because I loved The One and Only Ivan, not because I have any interest in imaginary friends. And it wasn’t as good as her Newbery win, but it was still quite excellent and extremely heart-breaking.
- Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
I heard this one recommended on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s podcast and I’ll admit, I thought it was only so-so. During the first half, I almost gave it up about ten times, but it did get a bit better in the second half.
- The Road to You by Alecia Whitaker
I thought the first book was pretty fun, and when I happened to see the second one at the library, I picked it up and read the whole thing in a day and a half. Sometimes you just need a totally light-hearted teen read. And it made me want to go listen to some Taylor Swift.
- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
I liked this but I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to.
- On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I’d remembered this as my favorite of the series, but actually it’s been my least favorite of the four so far. It’s just so dang sad when one thing after another goes wrong for their family. By the time the grasshoppers came and ate the entire crop, I just wanted to sob for them. Also made me glad not to be a farmer.
- The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
This won the Newbery last year, and I finally got around to listening to it this last week and it was FANTASTIC. Definitely a worthy Newbery book.