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Seven Books I’m Reading Right Now

As life is settling down a bit after our move, I feel like I’m getting back into the swing of reading again.

For a while, it was hard for me to listen to audiobooks because I felt too scattered to even concentrate and I was so swamped with my to-do list that it was hard for me to sit down with a book.

But now, my audiobook queue is full and I’m doing better at reading chapter books with the girls and on my own on a daily basis.

And of course, I’m reading one million picture books and board books on a daily basis.

Here’s what I’m currently in the middle of:

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

I’m just finishing up the audiobook of this which Brene Brown reads herself. I read and loved Daring Greatly when it came out (you can read my review of it here) when it came out but hadn’t read any of her books since then. I heard her speak at Mom 2.0 earlier this year, though, and she was INCREDIBLE. Listening to her narrate this book really speaks to me now since I can picture her in action.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Ella and I read one Harry Potter book together per year, each October (I talked about when to read Harry Potter in this post) and this year, we’re diving into the fourth, which I haven’t read in years. Last year, I re-read most of the series, but skipped this one knowing we’d be hitting it this fall. There’s just nothing as good as Harry Potter, is there?

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

This is the book I’m reading at night to the girls and it’s just a delight. This was one of my dad’s favorite books and one of the select books he read aloud to me when I was a child and it’s so fun to revisit it.

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

This was one of the books for that last round of Tell Me What to Read and I’m FINALLY making progress on it, nearly six months later. So far, I’m really enjoying this book set in Philadelphia during the Flu Pandemic of 1918.

How to be a Happier Parent by KJ Dell’Antonia

After reading Ignore It! I’ve been diving into more parenting books than I have in the past, and this one has been a fun read (it kind of reminds me of The Secrets of Happy Families). It’s super readable and very applicable to the trouble spots of parenting that makes family life a drag (e.g. homework, chores, and screen time limiting).

Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George

The girls and I are listening to this in the car (they are obsessed with this whole series) and it’s just a fun fantasy listen, that seems like the perfect follow-up to our last listen, Princess Academy.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

I’ve read and loved both The Secret Keeper and The Lake House, so obviously I wasn’t going to miss her newest one. I’ve started reading this one on my Kindle, but I’m mostly saving it for our trip next week!

 

I’d love to hear what you’re reading!

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9 Comments

  • Reply Diana October 9, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I’m only reading one right now! I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe, about a wife who follows her husband into the Civil War because she doesn’t want to be away from him while he is fighting. I just started it last night so I’m not very far yet.

    I have How to be a Happier Parent on my TBR and am excited to see you are liking it!

  • Reply Jeanelle October 9, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    I was (finally) listening to “Once and for All” by Sarah Dessen but kept finding myself lost in who was who (or I obviously wasn’t concentrating nearly enough) so now I’m waiting for the ebook to come in. I’m now reading “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate and I am LOVING IT! Thank you a million times over for telling us about Libby – I kind of hated Overdrive and Libby is so much easier to use (and it’s just so visually appealing too.)

  • Reply Ashley Pullen October 10, 2018 at 7:26 am

    I just picked up What Alice forgot at the library yesterday. I saw How to be a Happier Parent and almost picked it up. I’ll have to grab it next time.

  • Reply Lauren Frost October 10, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    I’m just in the middle of The Secret Keeper on audiobook after finishing The Lake House. Awesome books so I’m glad to hear there’s more!!

  • Reply Laura McMurtrey October 12, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Just finished Educated by Tara Westover. I devoured it. Definitely a must read. Also, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont was wonderful and funny.

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw October 12, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      I read Educated earlier this summer! What a crazy life she’s had so far (and so bizarre that she’s the same age that I am).

  • Reply Claire October 14, 2018 at 5:55 am

    I’m starting Where The Crawdads Sing this weekend. Excited to read this after all the hype.

  • Reply Heather Martinez October 14, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Hi! My current listen is fascinating, and I had to wait months for it to come off hold thru my library(overdrive is my app of choice still), is I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara- it’s the nonfiction about the Golden state killer by Patton Oswalt’s late wife. So compelling. In terms of actual reading, I’m finally reading The Husband’s Secret. I wanted to read it before reading Big Little Lies, which I wanted to read before watching the HBO series and I really want to watch it, so I’m finally getting to them. Also need to read Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorria for a book club. And I also have to review Behold the Dreamers which I listened to, but I participate in a radio book club a few times a year and this is the next read. I need to be ready to talk about it in a very worthwhile way, since there are only 4-5 of us discussing it for an hour live on the radio.

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