Category Archives: Books

Checked Out (or really returned at this point)

Based on the amount of free time I seem not to have lately, this may be the last book report for a while (I know – I do have a few things at home right now, but I don’t even know what to put on the holds list next).  That being said, I think there’s something on the order of 2000 pages of reading here, which is nothing to sneeze at.

World Without End by Ken Follett

World Without End

I know that I don’t usually discuss The Books, but World Without End is one of the best books that I have read in my life.  It’s 1000 pages and I took it down over the course of a week.  If you at all like historical fiction or the middle ages or authors who are amoral in the treatment of their characters, you would be on board with this.

Class by Paul Fussell

Class

Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

Queens Gambit

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things

What are your book picks?

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Page Turners

Some of the books I read this round are ones that I have been wanting to read for a very long time (translation: probably October or something).  And y’all know that just as I am happiest when I am running, I am happiest when I’m reading.  Especially if the book is a good one.

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

Bobcat and other stories by Rebecca Lee

Bobcat

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

And the Mountains Echoed

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

astronaut-wives-club

The perennial question: What are you reading lately?

Books. Again.

Confession: One of the most exciting things I did on New Year’s Day was build up my library holds list.  It felt ordered and refreshing and logical.

Where I’m terrible at crafting, I am wonderful at reading.  It is pretty much my favorite.  I can run, I can read, and neither suffers because of the other.

It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

It Starts with Food

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling

Lean In by Dallas and Cheryl Sandberg

Lean In

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

The Dog Stars

What do you want to read in the new year?

Reading List Triage

So let’s talk about the library.  You know that thing where you put a bunch of books on your holds list and you wait for them to trickle in, one by one?

Well.  About that thing.  Over the course of the last week and a half, I’ve found seven books stacked on my table.   Which means that I am now doing reading list triage.  We’ll see what ends up surviving this round.

Tragically Dorky Fun Secret: I brought two books to work today, that way I would have lunchtime reading options.

But we all know I do not write about the books that I am about to read.  I tell you about the books that I have finished.  In case this does not become readily apparent, this is by far the most eclectic potpourri of books I could have possibly chosen to read in the last month or so.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

World War Z by Max Brooks

World War Z

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection

I Thought it was Just Me (But it Isn’t) by Brené Brown

I thought it was just me

What have you been reading lately?

Checking Out Again.

Hah!  Not like that.  But I just couldn’t resist the title.  It was Too Good.

Like I said a month and a half ago, I have hopped straightaway back on the reading party-train. Cancelled the magazine subscriptions I was no longer keeping up with.  Paid off my library fines.  Actioned a new “holds” list.  Or as I like to think of it, My Queue.  It’s cool to have a books queue, right?

Suffice it to say that those weeks have brought a rather eclectic potpourri of reading materials into our house.

Superfreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Superfreakonomics

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

eleanor & park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Predictably Irrational

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

The Alchemist

Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno

What have you been reading lately?

Overdue

Y’all.  It has been absolutely FOREVER since we have done a Book Club-style beat down.  I’ve been a terrible book reader this year.  This seems to come and go in phases – either I am reading Every Book Known To Man or I am reading Absolutely Nothing At All.

Anyway, we’ll lead off with the book that kickstarted my reading books instead of magazines habit once more (translation: got me to pay off my damn library fine).  Since it has been just ages since I read some of the stuff that’s popping up here, what I will say about all of it is that this batch of books?  Were a fascinating read.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Cooked by Michael Pollan

Cooked

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me

true colors by Kristin Hannah

true colors

Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch

Girls in Trucks

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

How to Be A Woman

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden

Escape from Camp 14

And, because y’all know that I couldn’t forget, our book list.

The Millenium Trilogy, by Stieg Larsson
The Glass Castle
Anything by Chelsea Handler (I’ve read My Horizontal Life – it’s good, but if you loved I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, you’ll find it tame)
The Joy Luck Club (Tawny, I somehow managed to escape reading this one in H.S.!)
Anything by David Sedaris
Water for Elephants (Back in my book-club days I read this one – highly recommend)
Life of Pi
All Creatures Great and Small
The Gun Seller
Room
Unbearable Lightness
Immortal Life
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Sherlock Holmes (collection)
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (series)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (I love this book SO hard.)
Other People’s Love Letters
Bitter is the New Black
Slave
Not Ready for Mom Jeans
Madras on Rainy Days
Good Girls Don’t Get Fat
Here on Earth
A Thread of Grace
Outlander (series)
Under the Banner of Heaven
Lolita in Tehran
The Pact
A People’s History of the United States
Stori Telling
Cleaving
Julie and Julia
The Three Musketeers
The Lady and The Unicorn (along with anything else by Tracy Chevalier)
Beachglass
The Persian Pickle Club
Seaglass
Light on Snow
Two Kisses for Maddy
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
The Space Between Us
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Tipping Point
Blink
Outliers
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
My Life in France

Columbine
Sing me Home

One Day
Matters of the Heart
We
Moscow to the End of the Line
Girls in White Dresses
World War Z
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
The Devil in the White City
The Bean Trees
Arcadia
The Corrections
The Dovekeepers
50/50

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

The Good Father

Home to Holly Springs
The Fault of Our Stars

What have you picked up lately that you cannot put down?

Workshopping

All: Mercury is in retrograde.  

So if you’re trying to figure out why every day is uphill, or like me you’re having vivid dreams featuring honeybee hives and mobsters, there’s your answer.  Y’all know that I casually dabble in astrology when the time is right and after last night’s dream along with a text from a sorority sister informing me that she dreamed I had twins, it was just time.  According to Meredith, it rolls out on the 26th, so let’s all just keep going until then.

Anyway, no, I haven’t dropped off the grid.  While we were cooking dinner, Marcus observed that it had been a few days since I posted and I told him that part of it was because I don’t really feel like I have anything to say right now, and other part largely has to do with the fact that over the last five days (Thursday – Monday) I was up to my ears in visiting with girlfriends.  Birthday-ing, Running, Friendsgiving-ing, Passing out during My Big Fat Greek Wedding-ing.  You know the drill.

It’s unseasonably warm here right now.  Even though I don’t even know if you can really say that anymore, since I’m pretty sure that it was just as warm here last year at this time.  But I’m not complaining.  Because if a large swath of Minnesota winter is dominated by temperatures hovering around or above freezing (this week’s theme is 50s and 60s), I am SO DOWN.  I will embrace brown winter for the rest of my life.

Since it’s so warm, the geese have returned.

No I cannot make any sense of this either.  But it makes me so 11/10 happy.  Yes, I have more snaps to share on the days where my bottomless well of content runs dry.  I’ll leave it to you to decide whether that’s better or worse than my cat lady blogging.

Meanwhile, tonight I finished the book, I am Forbidden, by Anouk Markovits.

On the couch in the living room.  Because after dinner, that’s what I really wanted to do.  And no, I haven’t been reading a lot lately either, so it was all sorts of soul-filling.

I think Sue, my Mother-in-Law recommended this one to me.  It was extremely painful and very beautiful.  It flew by.

What have y’all been up to for the past few days?