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What I’m Reading Right This Minute

This has been a good reading year so far for me.

Isn’t it just so fun when you have something you’re really enjoying?

Here are eight books I’m in the thick of right now!

what i'm reading

what I’m reading right now

By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman. Bart and the girls listened to this on our California trip a few weeks ago, but I took a long nap and missed a bunch of the main parts, so I am listening on my own and now I know why they loved it.

Miss You by Kate Eberlen. This was one of my fall Tell Me What to Read titles and I think I’ve checked this one out four times. I’m finally cracking it open.

My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul. This is a memoir told through the books she’s read at different points in her life and it’s impossible to be a book lover and not be at least semi-delighted by it, I think.

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser. This is our current car CD and I like it, although I’m not in love with it yet  – we’re about two CDs in out of five – but it’s a sweet story about a family in Harlem who is going to have to move from their beloved family apartment right at Christmas unless they convince their crotchety and mysterious landlord to renew their lease.

The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald. I’m reading this aloud to the girls right now and it’s just as delightful as I remembered. This was one of my FAVORITE series growing up and I think about it all the time. If you haven’t discovered this series, I HIGHLY recommend it. (Yes, this paragraph needed two all-caps words. . . that’s how much I love it).

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. I placed a hold on this so long ago, I can’t even remember what I knew about it, but then I was immediately sucked in. Of course, I keep having to renew it because it’s so popular and I can’t get through it fast enough. Maybe just need to switch to a paper copy.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. I listened to the first half of this on audio and then it automatically returned to the library and now I’ve finally got a copy again. This one has gotten SO much buzz, and I was quite enjoying the dual narration, so I’m excited to pick it back up.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. This is for my book club and . . . to be honest, it’ll probably be more like a skim, since I read it in AP English in high school. Not that I remember a darn thing about it from that class, but technically I have read it before.

What are you reading right now? I’d love any recommendations!

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  1. I’m reading Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff which was a breakout hit of 2015 and written in a really interesting structure. Really good audiobook too!

  2. I finished The Possible by Tara Altebrando and now I’m reading Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini.

  3. I just read WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES by Georgia Hamilton – a true story about a Polish family scattered around the world during WWII. I could NOT put it down, it was just so remarkable. I highly recommend that. Also, CHINA DOLLS by Lisa See, and my current read is LILAC GIRLS about three different women during WWII (I’m in WWII phase right now, apparently). I recommend all of those, if you haven’t read them.

  4. I read Miss You earlier this year, probably after seeing it recommended to you! (I get so many great book recs when you do those posts!). Right now I’m reading “The Hate U Give” (after seeing it EVERYWHERE) and also “Packing for Mars” which is mostly about the space program in general but has been pretty interesting!

  5. Ha ha, Heart of Darkness–I’ve supposedly read it twice (though I also don’t remember hardly a thing about it), and all I know is that it didn’t improve for me on the second reading, lol. Good luck on that one!

  6. I’m also listening to Before We Were Yours! I just finished Peace Like a River for book club (we miss you!). I read it about ten years ago but remembered nothing about it…so it was like the first time. Such a beautifully written book.

  7. I’m just catching up on blog reading after the long weekend. I’m feeling the same way about the Vanderbeekers. I heard such good things, but I’m struggling to get into it. That being said, my hard to please 9 year old loved it so much, so I’m not giving up yet. I’m also reading The Green Ember to my 11 and 9 year olds and they are loving it. I started The Dollmaker of Krakow today and I’m liking it so far, but I haven’t read much yet. Also, I’m reading Eugene Onegin by Pushkin and it is really good. I’m listening to Okay For Now and it’s growing on me, but I don’t like it as much as The Wednesday Wars. The last book I can think of is Dear Fahrenheit 451. It’s funny so far, but more language than I prefer and I don’t like some of the books she loves, so we’ll see how it goes. My husband thinks it is crazy that I like to read so many books at once, but I just can’t be a monogamous reader!

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