I read 40 books (and 13,547 pages) since April 1st. Not quite as high as the first quarter, but I’ve been busier, I think, and also my baby doesn’t nurse for an hour at a time, three times a day. If it weren’t for discovering that my iPhone will play audiobooks at double speed, I probably wouldn’t have read nearly so much this quarter.
- Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma
Meh. There are so many better middle grade books out there, although it did make me want to go watch a lot of old films.
- Hourglass by Myra McEntire
It was a really slow start and then, in the last hundred pages picked up a lot (once some time travel got added to the plot, I was a fine). Not a bad read, but dear heavens, it’s a lot to ask of a reader to give it over 100 pages with nothing happening.
- The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
Billed as a Sarah Dessen readalike. And for once, it kind of was. Cute and a quick read.
- Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
This was terrific, especially with the fantastic narrator.
- Taking Off by Jenny Moss
Historical fiction at its best. I loved this book about the Challenger’s explosion.
- Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
This is one of my favorite memoirs. Which shocks me, because it involves so much sports talk.
- After by Amy Efaw
I’m torn on this one about a girl accused of dumping her baby in a trash can, but has no memory of a pregnancy or a baby. I raced through the audio of it, but I wouldn’t say I really loved it.
- Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith
A cute road trip/romance book. I wrote a guest post review of it, if you click the link.
- Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney
This one about boxer Joe Louis during the Depression and the three fictional children he inspires was so highly touted (even Gary Schmidt personally recommended it at TLA!) but I found it kind of a letdown.
- Bumped by Megan McCafferty
I have tried to read the Jessica Darling series at least three times and never can get more than ten pages in. I should have known this book wouldn’t really do it for me either, even though I threw caution to the wind because everyone kept raving about how fantastic it was.
- Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin
This book was so ridiculously trite. Skip it, I beg you.
- Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt
Delightful, sweet, funny, heartbreaking. I loved this book.
- Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
- The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
I loved this book the first time around. This time, rereading it in preparation for the release of the final book in the trilogy, I found Belly quite whiny.
- Bitter End by Jennifer Brown
Such high hopes. Such bitter disappointment.
- It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
This one was better than the first one.
- The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt
I really enjoyed The Things a Brother Knows. This one? Not so much. Fine, but not memorable.
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Sometimes you just need to read some chick-lit. This one was quite cute.
- We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
I hate it when I feel like the author is forcing a character to become unlikable.
- How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
Sara Zarr can do almost no wrong in my book. Another stellar book (also the fourth or fifth teen pregnancy book I read this quarter). Review coming in October when this book is available for purchase or at your library.
- Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala
I listened to this one through free podcasts which is, let me tell you, a very irritating way to listen to an audiobook. Downloading each of the 45 chapters individually and listening to the intro and the, um, outro(?) for every single one of those doubles the time it takes to listen to this book.
- Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
This book didn’t do much for me. Skip it and read Sean Griswold’s Head instead.
- The Future of Us by Asher Jay
I wanted to like this one – the premise, about two teens in the 90s who find their future selves’ Facebook pages, was so brilliant, but the book itself didn’t go much of anywhere.
- Crossed by Ally Condie
Look, everyone wants to borrow my copy and it’s making the rounds. But I’ll warn you, it’s definitely the middle book in a trilogy. It’s good, but it’s no Matched. It’s a little bit a slow read.
- The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
I like books written in verse. This one was quite excellent.
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Fun, quirky, and smart.
- The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly
I loved this book. If you like Little Women, you may well love this book.
- I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
So different. So worth reading.
- Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Mixed mixed mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand, brilliant writing and a quick moving plot. On the other hand, a little too edgy for me. I’d hesitate to recommend it to someone I didn’t know very very well, as far as book taste went.
- Fracture by Megan Miranda
I couldn’t remember this book at all, so I looked up my notes on Goodreads and I’d said that when I told Bart the plot he was like, “That was it? What’s even the point?” And now I couldn’t even remember the plot, so I had to look up ANOTHER review to remind me what happened. I stand by Bart’s assessment – no point.
- Bunheads by Sophie Flack
Written by a former New York Ballet dancer, this novel of the behind-the-scenes life of a young professional member of the ballet corps is fascinating. Look for a full review in the fall.
- Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
I am rather in awe that I didn’t give up on this book. It’s so long. And practically nothing happens. I mean, the whole “hey, I’m an angel! I love a human!” thing can only carry you so far (hint, not 15 CDs far).
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Fantastic non-fiction. I feel like I know so much more about American history after reading this one.
- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Bleck. I don’t want to read a book about a girl whose life is practically ruined by being able to taste emotions in food.
- Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina
Nurtureshock is better.
- Forgotten by Cat Patrick
I’m sorry. It just didn’t work for me.
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
This book is worth reading so you can read Linger.
- Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
So much better than Shiver. And one of the few trilogies where the middle book is the strongest.
- Across the Universe by Beth Revis
This was such a ridiculous and weird little book about a girl frozen on a space ship so she can help build a new world when she arrives on a distant planet. Will not be reading the sequels, thank you very much.