Category Archives: Books

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!

What I’ve Been Reading

So I think I went through one of those phases where I wasn’t in the mood to read.  I don’t know why it seemed like too much, but the idea of opening an actual book (or my kindle, for that matter) just seemed like a lot of work.

Worn Stories by Emily Spivack

Worn Stories

Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter by Melissa Francis

Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

Pope Joan

Euphoria by Lily King


What have you been reading lately?

What I’ve Been Reading

I hope y’all aren’t bored to tears that I persist with my little book reports from time to time.  These are all books that (finally) came off of my holds list.  None of them exactly qualify as intellectual, but reading chapter books is supposed to be fun, right?

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

The Book of Unknown Americans

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

The Vacationers

What are you reading?

What I’ve Been Reading

I’ve read a weird combination of books lately.  The Hennepin County Library system has a great eBooks catalog (I have yet to buy one!) but since everyone else in the county knows about it as well, there are definitely wait times for certain books.  I guess the exciting part is that I never know what I will get to check out next?

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Astonish Me

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

Leisureville by Andrew Blechman


What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read lately?

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?