This is the most reading I’ve done in any quarter this year (26 books), and it’s mainly thanks to audiobooks. Clearly, I’ve been spending a ton of time in front of my computer, late at night, working. Multi-tasking at its finest. Not all of the titles I read were outstanding, but there were definitely a few that made it to my must read books list!
2013 third quarter reading
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I read this one on our beach trip to Galveston and I couldn’t put it down. But. . . it’s also depressing as all get out. And some heavy langague. I know the entire Internet is in love with this book, and I can see why, but I also hesitate to recommend it. Proceed at your own risk.
- A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams – This historical fiction novel really drew me in, but it’s maybe a little racier than I’m comfortable recommending. Also, prepare for a little heartbreak. I might have cried a tiny bit in the car when I finished up the audiobook.
- Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam M. Grant – Lots of comparisons to Malcolm Gladwell, and this one was pretty interesting (I repeated huge parts of it to Bart), but. . . no one is Malcolm Gladwell. Listened to this one in the car while we drove for hours and hours and hours from Texas to North Carolina.
- The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes – I couldn’t say no to this book after how much I enjoyed “Me Before You” and this one was no disappointment, about two women who own the same painting, one during WWII and one in the present day. I think I ignored my children a bit for two days while I read this one.
- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – I loved What Alice Forgot SO much, but I’ve been a bit disappointed by all her other books. This one was much better than the pretty ridiculous The Hypnotist’s Love Story, but it wasn’t on the top of my favorite books.
- Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (full review here) – Fluffy, but fun.
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – I’m glad to have read this one because it’s SO wildly popular right now. It’s an odd book, but the audiobook definitely charmed me, even if I wasn’t always QUITE sure what was going on.
- Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty – I’ve tried to read this series on multiple occasions over the past five years, and finally did it this year. Mixed emotions.
- Jessica Darling’s It List #1 by Megan McCafferty – A quick Sunday afternoon read. Totally enjoyable and cute.
- Socks by Beverly Cleary – I think Beverly Cleary’s books are for someone older than Ella – she seems to enjoy them, but I feel like they are slightly over her head.
- Death Cloud by Andy Lane – I can’t remember who recommended this one to me (it’s about young Sherlock Holmes), but it wasn’t bad. I’m just not a huge mystery/adventure reader.
- The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (full review here) – You all know I loved this one. If you haven’t read it, you should.
- Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss (full review here) – So fascinating. Reminded me how I always love a book about food.
- Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier – I liked the first book, Ruby Red, but I LOVED this one. When I finished, I was really sad the next book doesn’t come out for another week or so.
- The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan – I don’t generally love books with more than one story line, so the fact that this had FOUR storylines (or was it five?) made me nervous. But, actually, I really was engaged (pun not intended) by it.
- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White – I loved reading this with Ella. And when I got all choked up at the end, I felt exactly like my mom.
- Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan – If you like Jim Gaffigan, you’ll like this one. He narrates the audiobook so. . .get that.
- The Astronauts Wives Club by Lily Koppel (full review here) – Great premise, mediocre execution.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I know eveyrone loves this book. But . . . kind of nothing happens. I was relieved when the audiobook finally was over (also, I love Jim Dale for Harry Potter, but he wasn’t my favorite for this audiobook).
- Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole – I quite liked this, but I struggle with books that hinge on a romance involving adultery.
- One Moment by Kristina McBride – I feel like I’ve read much less YA lately, so it was nice to pick this one up. Nothing groundbreaking, but solid.
And scene. Read anything good this quarter? Suggest away.
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