You know what makes me feel like my life is a little hectic? Having not finished a book in nearly a month.
Frankly, I’ve hardly read a picture book aside from the Christmas ones.
We did make a library run this week (where I picked up this book about living like a Parisian that I’ve been looking forward to for months and it was so terribly disappointing, I gave it up less than halfway through).
Plus there was an (ugly) bookshelf left in one of the bedrooms of this house so I set that up in Ella’s room and put a few books in there, which makes me feel a little better about life. Bonus! It matches the ugly curtains in her room.
Anyway, before my reading dropped right off a cliff, here’s what I read in October, November, and December (and look for my favorite books of 2014 coming up soon!):
- Revolution by Deborah Wiles
I know people LOVE her, and I really like the premise of these books (filled with art, music, and photography from the 60s to go along with the storyline), but they just don’t QUITE grab me.
- The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age by Catherine Steiner-Adair
This was so interesting and has significantly impacted the amount of screen time in our house (except for on our cross-country drive when our girls watched, no exaggeration, 8-10 hours straight of the same five Doc McStuffins episodes).
- Noggin by John Corey Whaley
I was super not thrilled by his first Printz-winning book, but the premise of this one (a guy dying of cancer has his head frozen and a few years later, it’s transplanted on to a new body) was so intriguing I gave him another chance. It was medium.
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (full review here)
Why can’t she write about five books a year? Is that asking so much?
- Sinner by Maggie Stiefavter
This one fell fairly flat for me. It just felt like so much effort to keep reading. But she is pretty hilariously funny and some lines were just excellent.
- Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
This one felt like Shopaholic lite (which, if you’re read any of the Shopaholic books, may seem like an impossible feat).
- Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
I listened to this one and kind of loved it, but the ending was. . . .kind of ridiculous. I kept Bart up way late one night lying in the dark explaining the whole plot line to him just so he could affirm that, yes, the ending was bizarre.
- Saving Grace by Jane Green
I picked this up off the new release shelf at the library in London and it was pretty good. A fun, fluffy read.
- The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
It’s no Unbroken, but it’s pretty excellent nevertheless.
- This is Falling by Ginger Scott
I can remember almost nothing about this book.
- Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
This was really a fascinating book about a girl with cerebral palsy and the boy she hires to help her navigate high school without an aide, although it was maybe a little more mature than I was prepared for.
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
I wish I’d read this instead of listening to it. C’est la vie
- Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
I loved this book. Definitely do the audio version because he reads it and he is very amusing.
- Dangerous by Shannon Hale
Someone said it was like a trilogy in one book, and they meant it in a good way. I felt the same way, but in a bad way. This book just would. not. end.
- I Was Here by Gayle Forman
It was no If I Stay, but that woman can write YA.
- The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin
Unlike Bomb, which I totally loved every second of, I had a hard time keeping track of the main people in this storyline.
- Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
This was just. . . not that good. When you think the main character is a whiny hack, it’s hard to be really into the book. But obviously both of the hot movie star guys are completely in love with her for no apparent reason.
- A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Everyone I know LOVED this book, but it took me six months to get through. It just did nothing for me. I’m so sorry.
- Love, Lucy by April Lindner
April Lindner is kind of hit or miss for me, and this one was more on the miss side. On the upside, I read an entire book on an airplane flight with two small children and no other adult back-up, so. . . .win!
- Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (full review here)
This had an interesting premise and I can see why people like her writing, but I don’t know that I’ll be running to pick up her other stuff.
- The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley (full review here)
Oh man, I loved this book. So fascinating and made me think a lot about Ella’s education starting next year.
- Skink — No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
Kind of a bizarre, semi-delightful book. It wasn’t painful to read, but when I saw it on this list I thought, “I already forgot I read this!”
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