Category Archives: Books

What I’ve Been Reading

I have this idea in my head that someday, I’ll go back to my very first Books-post and I’ll make a list of all of the books I’ve read since I started the blog. I am sure there are a few here and there that never made it to The Internet, but overall, this has been a pretty good record of my literary habits over the years.  Much like it has been a pretty good record of my life over the years.

Here’s what I’ve been reading lately.  :)

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Better Than Before

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

My Sunshine Away

One Plus One by JoJo Moyes

One Plus One

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Free HRCI Recertification Credits

If you haven’t figured it out from the title of the post, it’s a really exciting week on The Blog, people.

I got an e-mail today from the HR Certification Institute.  Apparently they wrote an eBook that is available for free here.

Titled The Rise of HR, it’s composed of 73 essays by HR thought leaders.  Yes, seriously, I just invoked the phrase, “thought leaders.”  I’ve flipped through a few of the essays already and it seems to be fairly interesting.

The real kicker, besides the fact that you can read the book for free, is that if you read it, you can receive three business credits toward recertification of your HRCI designation.

Y’all know that I am always working to find free ways to get recertification credits, so that’s a pretty great deal in my opinion.

Happy reading!

What I’ve Been Reading

Oh man, you guys.  I wish I had something interesting to share but That Awful Cold I Got Last Week?  Got worse, actually.  And then Marcus caught it.  And now we’re both recovering and it is slow and I am mostly just extremely glad that I am no longer actually trying to cough my lungs out.  It was a bad thing.  It goes without saying that the parts of the holiday weekend that were not spent with family, were spent napping and such.  I’m so glad that we’re all caught up now.  ;)

Anyhow, here are more books that I read.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

Leaving Before The Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller

Leaving Before The Rains Come

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

The Last Anniversary

Sweetland by Michael Crumley


What I’ve Been Reading

Despite my fears about running out of books to read while we were in Italy, I only ended up reading three, though I think we can all agree that three books in 17 days is not really “only” anything, that’s actually a decent clip.

Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes

Silver Bay

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm

It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell

It was me all along

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life after life

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History

What I’ve Been Reading

I think it’s sort of fitting to post about the books I have been reading lately because it’s Valentine’s Day and reading has always been one of my great loves.

Also, because I Have Opinions, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on each book this go-round!

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Bad Feminist
I really liked this.

Thrive by Arianna Huffington


This book was extremely boring and the writing was hard to follow, but at its core the message was good.  We need to take care of ourselves in order to be successful.  Making the time and space to do that matters.

Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham

Not That Kind Of Girl

I had extremely high expectations for this book and I found it to be more disturbing than anything else.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game

Apparently everyone read this book for a class at some point between middle school and high school.  We in the Wayzata School District did not.  The movie was actually on HBO for the last month or so and I kept catching snippets of it when Marcus was watching.  I then decided that if I wanted to watch the movie, I needed to read the book and I’m actually pretty glad that I did.  I also think it is important to note that the movie is painfully faithful to the book, rivaling only Matilda for plot fidelity in my opinion.

What I’ve Been Reading

I feel like I’ve been just inundated with good books lately.  Or I have a highly functioning reserves list at the library.  When I did a final count of the books I read in 2014, I think I read…53?  I don’t necessarily have a book per week goal for 2015, but it is sort of nice to know how quickly I am moving through them.  Of these four, I would say they were all really excellent, but also all very different.

Us by David Nicholls


Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven

What I’ve Been Reading

As y’all are well aware, Saturday and Sunday are my favorite days to go to the library.  Sometimes that involves going to the actual building, other times that involves cruising what is available through the Hennepin County eLibrary.  Here’s what I read to round out 2014.

Manhattan, When I Was Young by Mary Cantwell

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Bone Clocks

Landline by Rainbow Rowell


Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein


White Tiger on Snow Mountain by David Gordon

White Tiger

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See

What have you been reading?  Tell me what I need to put on my reserves list!