Category Archives: Books

What I’ve Been Reading

Y’all, I am giving up on the cute, book-related names for these posts.  We know I’m going to read books and we know I’m going to tell you about them.  What have I been reading lately?

The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith

The Nesting Place

Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun

Black Moon

Bond Girl by Erin Duffy

Bond Girl

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


What have you been reading lately?

Summer Reading (Again)

As you can see, I’ve been trying to make good on my goal to read this summer.  The Tour de France came close to completely derailing my efforts, but I feel like I did my best to balance the TV AND books.

Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Think Like A Freak

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

burial rites

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

The House Girl

Overwhelmed by Bridget Schulte


If you have them, I’ll take more book recommendations, please!

More Summer Reading

More of my holds came in, so I have been reading.  I don’t know that any of these really scream “summer,” but they’ve moved along fast enough.  The bad part = my holds list is nearly empty.  If you have suggestions I need (Need!) them.

Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Tell The Wolves I'm Home

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings

Young Money by Kevin Roose

Young Money

Starting Summer Reading

I feel like in the past week or two, I really haven’t gotten to read anything for fun At All, which is not a shocker because studying for tests takes all of your time.  Some of these books got started while we were on our Derby roadtrip, so that is why they got finished.

That being said, I am really looking forward to MORE summer reading!  I spent quite a bit of time last weekend sorting though various reading lists and adding some things to my library holds list.

The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle

Antelope in the Living Room

Wild by Cheryl Strayed


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath

What have you been reading lately?

What I’ve Read Recently

I had a bit of time to read while we were busy driving back and forth across the eastern side of America.  Otherwise, I don’t know that we’d be picking through my latest reads so soon.  Not shockingly, Kindle and I continue to enjoy BFF status.  I didn’t know that it was possible to simplify my reading, but surprise, it is and it did.

What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell   What_the_dog_saw

Exodus by Deborah Feldman


The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Invention of Wings

Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton Doyle

Carry On Warrior

What have you been reading and loving lately?

Books Reading in the Future

Do you want to know what is amazing?  I read three of these books on my Kindle.  Living in the future is always so great.  Living in the future is also alarmingly easy.

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper  This-Is-Where-I-Leave-You

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

A Long Way Down

Third World America by Arianna Huffington

Third World America

Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford

Everything is Perfect

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Pillars of the Earth

Much in the same way that World Without End took a week off of my life, The Pillars of the Earth sucked away a weekend in which I had no idea where the hours were disappearing to, until all the sudden the lightbulb went on and I was like, duh Kat, you are reading one of those books.  Apparently there is to be one more Kingsbridge book, so whenever that comes out, I’ll just plan to block off a day and go for it, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-style.

Joining the 21st Century

Last week, Mom gave me her Kindle Fire.  She got an iPad for Christmas and since she does all of her reading on that now, the Kindle was not getting any use.

So I said thank you and then I left it on the coffee table because it was square and not terribly big and I didn’t have a better plan for it at the moment.

If y’all have not caught on, I have been actively avoiding e-readers since they were released because of a certain faithfulness to bindings and paper and whatnot.  The other part may have something to do with the fact that I almost never purchase books, I am an exclusive library user.  Because of these things, I had no idea that what I was actually receiving was a gorgeous tablet.


Don’t mind me over here, just joining up with the 21st century.

None of this was discovered until this morning, at which point I found myself sitting at the kitchen table puzzling over Amazon accounts and the Hennepin County Library ebook catalog feeling just terrifically embarrassed that I had seemed so ungrateful at the outset.

Also, is it just me, or does Amazon seem to know as much about us as Facebook?  Because I sort of got that vibe when I went through the process of setting up my Kindle account.

The only thing I’m really certain of at this point is that I have literally no idea as to how to use the Kindle.  Hand to God, as I am writing this post I am also discovering that I can Netflix on it.  This is only the tip of the iceberg.

I also have a sneaking suspicion that I am also somehow meant to be able to “friend” other readers so that we can share libraries…or something.  But that also banks on the fact that I know how to properly construct my library or anything else on my home screen.  We’re just not there yet.

Do you have a Kindle? If so, please share tips/tricks in the comments and let me know if we’re supposed to be like…Kindle friends or whatever.