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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I posted my third quarter books earlier this week. And last night I finished the latest from Sue Grafton, W Is For Wasted. Really good.
I really couldn't get into Letters From Skye – none of the voices sounded different enough to make me believe they weren't written by the same person, and then when I realized it was going to be about adultery I lost all interest. I'd rather just read the Potato Peel Pie book again.
Have you read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell? It's the only one of hers I've read (there are still 6 people ahead of me for Eleanor & Park at the library), and I loved it. It's a lot happier than everything I've heard about E&P.
Allie @ Everyday Adventures says
I really liked Where'd You Go Bernadette, but I can see why it'd be confusing in audio format. I borrowed the hardback from the library, and it was easy to read.
I just placed requests at my local library for many of your suggestions. So your third quarter becomes my fourth quarter reads.
Question, though – how many books to you aim to read in a calendar year? My initial goal was 48 for the year (about 4/month), but I've already reached that. I work outside the home about 45-50 hours a week, but I am able to redeem some of my commuting time for reading.
Laura H says
Night circus was highly recommend to me. After i finished reading it I was just left scratching my head.
The best book I read last quarter was Half the Sky. The content is super difficult, but it's so important that I'm really pressing it into the hands of anyone I possibly can.
I also really liked The Gifts of Imperfection, Rules of Civility, The Paradox of Choice, and A Meal with Jesus. Oh, and What the Dog Saw, because I agree: no one is Malcolm Gladwell.
Have you read Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfield? I'd love to know what you think, I almost loved it.
And thanks! I always love your book lists.
As I just finished FANGIRL and was somewhat over the moon for it, I'm thinking I'll need to pick up ELEANOR & PARK sooner rather than later. Though I'm not really in the mood for depressing just now . . .
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Hm, I'm sorry about The Night Circus being such a dud for you. I guessed it wouldn't be completely your favorite, but I did love Jim Dale's narration. Or maybe, I just love his voice, no matter what he's reading.
Definitely planning to look into Kate Morton now.
The Night Circus was just too darn long! I think it could have been better if it was pared down because by the end, I just wanted it to be over. but interesting concept and as always, love jim dale.
I just finished reading Zero Waste Home and I can't seem to move on.
Little Gray Pixel says
Aw, I really loved "The Night Circus," but it wasn't an easy read for me, if that makes sense. I'm reading "The Universe vs. Alex Woods" right now.
I seriously don't know how you do it. Since I had #2 and moved, I feel like I can barely keep my head above water, and it's so hard to fit in everything I need to or want to. And I'm dying because I haven't read a book in months (and I haven't been able to find audiobooks from my library)
Have you read "Love Anthony" by Lisa Genova? I listened to it and loved it almost as much as "Still Alice". I don't think that I can suggest a lot to you though because most of the books I've read in the last months were recommended by you and now I have to read all your new recommendations because they are always awesome.
Btw. at the moment I'm listening to Unbroken by Hillenbrand and it feels like sitting in the Gilmores' living room, listening to Rory's grandpa telling me a story!
Didn't love The Night Circus, either. I really wanted to, but just…didn't.
So glad you said that about Night Circus….I've tried multiple times but can't get past the first few chapters. ???
Ok, I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels that way about Liane Moriarty. I read The Last Anniversary (the library had multiple copies and I thought it might be a good book club pick) and it was just kind of weird. It was not a horrible book, but from the author of What Alice Forgot it was pretty awful in comparison.
These Is My Words is at the top of my favorites list right now.