It is basically impossible for me to read one book at a time – I’m ALWAYS in the middle of a bunch of books.
It always makes it easier to quit a book, when you can pretend you’re just putting it down for a few days while you read one of your other books.
Here are the books I’m currently in the middle of!
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
I’m reading this one aloud to my girls – I haven’t read it since the 90s! It’s so fun to revisit these beloved books from my childhood and I’m glad I forced myself to not re-read them in the last decade so that they’d be new and fresh to me when I read them aloud! What’s not to like about a story that takes place a ship with a thirteen year old girl traveling alone, who finds herself caught in the middle of a mutiny and then tried for murder.
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
I have to admit I’m a sucker for any book with a time travel element. This one is about Oona who is living her life out of order. Her memory and mind age chronologically, but every year on her birthday, she jumps to a new year and stage for her body. Imagine showing up in your 45 year old life with friends, a world, a boyfriend or husband that you don’t know at all! All while your mind still feels 21. And then next year, you might be 25. I won’t lie – it’s pretty compelling (I’m listening to this one on audio and it reminds me a little of Daisy Jones and the Six, complete with some swearing).
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
I’ve never read a book by Kiersten White and I don’t read many books about Camelot, but for some reason this one drew me in and I’m quite enjoying it so far.
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
I was NOT a big fan of One Day in December, but when I got a copy of her new book in the mail, I couldn’t help myself. And this one, about a woman who loses her fiancé in a car accident and finds that she can visit an alternate life in her dreams where he didn’t die, is so far much much better.
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
This book got recommended after I read Just Mercy and then I saw it compared favorably to Front Desk (one of my favorite books from last year) and it happened to already be on my shelf, so there was no way I couldn’t pick it up.
So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
I discovered Cal Newport a few years ago when I read Deep Work and that book, no kidding, changed my life. So naturally, it was time to go read his first one too. And it’s EXCELLENT.
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What are you reading right now? I’d love to hear!
If you liked this post about what I’m currently reading, you might like these posts too:
- My 10 most recommended books
- Why you should quit a book you aren’t enjoying (and let your kids do the same!)
- How to find more time to read
I mentioned this over on Instagram. I’m listening to Kindred by Octavia Butler. I think it is from the 70s! It has a time-travel element to it. A 1976-era black woman goes back to pre-Civil War Maryland, to a plantation. Can you read it so we can discuss? 🙂 I feel like this would make for a great book club read!
Torrie @ To Love and To Learn says
I can’t read just one book at a time either! Last month, I was in the middle of 11 books (which was a lot, even for me!), but now I’m down to 8 (soon to be 7, since I’m going to be finishing up Maybe You Should Talk to Someone today). I don’t like to read a ton of FICTION books at the same time, though—maybe two or three at most, is all. But nonfiction? I can read as many of those at a time as I want!
I also love Cal Newport, and since I’ve read his other two, I probably should check out that first one of his while I’m at it! Good to know that it’s worth the read 🙂
I can never read one book at a time either. Right now I am listening to Small Great Things on audio, reading Secrets of a Charmed Life on my own, and reading Emerald Green with my 14 year old daughter (it’s a YA time travel series). I also (kind of) have Lonesome Dove going slowly on the side.
Sarah Burrell says
I just finished Oona Out Of Order and enjoyed it. I also just finished All The Light We Cannot See which I thought was wonderful. I’m currently reading Upstairs at the White House at your suggestion, Hotel and The Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Anne Of Green Gables (which I’ve read a few times before, but it’s my bedtime book. I need something at night that won’t keep me awake so I reread a lot of my favorites at bedtime)