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
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Young Money by Kevin Roose
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
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
What have you been reading lately?
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
Exodus by Deborah Feldman
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton Doyle
What have you been reading and loving lately?
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
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
Third World America by Arianna Huffington
Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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.
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.
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
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
Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
What are your book picks?
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
Bobcat and other stories by Rebecca Lee
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
The perennial question: What are you reading lately?