Well, this is just getting embarrassing.
I read 21 books in the first quarter, and thought that was pretty sad. Suddenly, compared to the 14 this quarter, it’s actually looking pretty impressive.
On the other hand, I finally made a real grocery shopping trip yesterday for the first time in three weeks, so I’ll take my successes where I can get them.
- The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups by Leonard Sax (full review here)
This was a great way to kick off the quarter. If only I hadn’t lost all my momentum. . . .
- Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt
This was surprisingly good. My late-night grocery store run went really long so I could listen to a little more.
- Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
I’d never read anything by de los Santos before, and I quite enjoyed this one. This is reminding me to request another one.
- Why We Work by Barry Schwartz
I took my life into my hands by listening to this one during a long solo roadtrip – just about put me to sleep. I kept having to turn it off and listen to podcasts instead.
- The Late Lamented Molly Marx by Sally Koslow
Someone said you should read this book if you are a fan of What Alice Forgot, and I am a HUGE fan of What Alice Forgot, so I requested it from the library immediately. And it was deeply mediocre. I should have re-read What Alice Forgot for the third time instead.
- So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
This was one of the books Modern Mrs. Darcy recommended for me when I was on her podcast, and I loved the first part, but it kind of spiraled down quickly for me – it was so depressing and some of the parts (like the filming in a porn studio) just made me feel gross, even if they weren’t particularly graphic.
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (full review here)
After I read this one, I went and requested every other WWII historical fiction book topping the charts right now (okay, two. Lilac Girls and Secrets of a Charmed Life).
- Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley (full review here)
One of the more fun chick-lit books I’ve read in a while. Perfect summer read.
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This book is WILDLY popular, and I liked it, but it took me forever to warm up to Ove (which probably is the point), and I really didn’t start enjoying it until the last quarter or so.
- The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
I heard this compared to Harry Potter, and while it’s certainly no Harry Potter, it was a fun book and Bart and I both enjoyed listening to it.
- Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
- With Malice by Eileen Cook (full review here)
Sometimes, you just need a good YA mystery in your life.
- The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
I saw this recommended on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s summer reading list, and it was pretty silly. Fun, but silly.
- Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
You guys, why did I even read this? I thought their other book was fairly goofy and then this one was worse!