This has been a pretty good quarter for me, reading-wise, with 29 books to my name. It’s helped to listen to a boatload of audiobooks and also have a lot of nursing time.
I’m also currently reading ten different books, so maybe it’s time to start finishing books instead of picking up new ones.
Here’s what I finished in January, February, and March.
first quarter reading report 2015
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (full review here) – I think about this book at least once a week. It was just so fascinating (once I slogged through the druggy days which I found mega-dull). Also, the fact that my new iPhone battery won’t hold a charge for more than half a day makes me think about Apple a lot. . .
- The Mother Daughter Bookclub by Heather Vogel Frederick – This was fine, but not as good as I was hoping, and I’ve had no interest in reading subsequent volumes.
- Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson – I WANTED to like this and some of it was quite interesting, but it was a little too self-aggrandizing for me, I think.
- An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley – I loved Relish, and I think she’s a super talented artist, but this one wasn’t terribly memorable to me. I blazed through it while waiting for my gestational diabetes blood draw and it kept me entertained.
- Atlantia by Ally Condie – Not as good as Matched, not as bad as the second two books in that trilogy. Make of that what you will.
- Conversion by Katherine Howe – I really enjoyed the modern parts, but had a hard time following the historical Salem Witch Hunt parts.
- Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel – This book about soldiers coming back from Iraq and struggling to adjust back to civilian life was really fascinating, but also unbelievably depressing and filled with swearing.
- Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin (full review here) – Of course I loved this. And I think it might be my favorite of her books.
- No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Youre Child’s Developing Mind by J. Daniel Siegel – Lest you think my children are perfect angels. . . .this book has helped me think more about how we deal with tantrums and other discipline issues. I wish I had a paper copy to refer to.
- Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – I have meant to read this book for AGES and then when I was desperate for an audiobook, I noticed the library had an available copy and I flew through it. Totally fun YA, although a little darker and grittier than Jenny Han’s normal stuff.
- All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending by Laura Vanderkam (full review here) – Bart probably wishes I hadn’t read this because I’ve felt significantly less frugal since reading it. On the other hand, it doesn’t ruin my day when he spends $2, so . . . maybe he’s glad I did.
- The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming – Really interesting and just sad. I listened to it and it was an excellent audiobook.
- Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead – I listened to this one too (I’m noticing this was a heavy audiobook quarter for me – probably because I was working SO MUCH before Star was born so I could take a few weeks pretty easy after her birth) and I’m totally perplexed why people love it so much. Just depressing and sad to me.
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg – Another audiobok – this one was much better. It definitely wasn’t as useful as Gretchen Rubin’s habit book, though.
- Rework by Jason Fried – This was super short and I can hardly remember any of it.
- Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – I’ve read all three of Stephanie Perkins’ books and this was by far my favorite.
- Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies by J.B. West (full review here) – You already know I loved this one. Why are the Presidents and First Ladies so endlessly fascinating?
- Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – This felt like going back to the glory days of Sarah Dessen – I think this was her best in a while. Full review coming when the book is released in May.
- Dinner: The Playbook: A 30-Day Plan for Mastering the Art of the Family Meal by Jenny Rosentrach – I’m not sure you can really even count this as a book because it was at least half cookbook, but hey, I make the rules around here. I just made a recipe from it this week and it was terrific. Plus, it was a good boost to get me back in the dinner making saddle after weeks of my mom and friends making dinner.
- Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt – It’s no Love That Dog, but it was just a fun read written in various forms of poetry.
- Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – After Burn for Burn, I just blew through the rest of the series.
- Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – There was one bit in the ending that totally made me sad, but it was definitely a good end to the series.
- The Selection by Kiera Cass – After Burn for Burn, I needed more fun YA to listen to, and this fit the bill perfectly.
- The Elite by Kiera Cass – Seriously, series are the best on audio because you can just keep listening and listening and listening.
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown – I’m strongly working on making my life less busy and doing more of the things I want to, and this book was really motivating and inspiring.
- The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner – I liked this book, but I also feel like I’m already pretty good at making time for myself and using my time efficiently and making my hobbies and interests a priority.
- Half Magic by Edgar Eager – My mom started reading this with Ella and I finished it with her a few weeks after my mom left. This is one of my all-time favorite children’s books and I loved reading it again.
- Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist – Bread and Wine was definitely better, but these were nice essays to read when I was nursing for a few minutes here and there.
- Forty Ways to Look at JFK by Gretchen Rubin – I finally got my hands on a copy of this, thanks to the Duke library and it was tremendously good. I loved learning more about JFK and I read huge sections aloud to Bart. Gretchen Rubin is just a very talented writer.
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