Good news, guys! I am reading again. I think the biggest issue between Thanksgiving and year-end is that I just did not have any time for it, really. Anyway, now I do.I did a final count and in 2016, I read 44 books which is really not too bad, considering I had a baby and all that. I will confess, I probably don’t remember some of the books that I read during maternity leave (or using the Kindle app on my iPhone) as well as I should, but it all counts.
I don’t have any reading goals for 2017. I am hoping that as Critter continues to wake just a bit later and I am able to wake just a bit earlier, it will mean a bit more time for books.
The Girls by Emma Cline
Buffetology by Mary Buffet and David Clark
The Wangs Vs The World by Jade Chang
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
True story: Apparently all of the books I have chosen to read recently have been super long and/or slow. Or both.
This is probably the last group of books I’ll share for the year. With only two-ish weeks left in the year, I’m feeling pretty confident I’ll finish at least one more book (possibly two) but that’s all.
The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts
Substitute by Nicholson Baker
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
While America Aged by Roger Lowenstein
I sort of took a little reading break, you guys. I don’t know why. Well, actually, I have a pretty good idea. Marcus was out of town for a pair of long weekends and I just didn’t have the energy to turn a page.
And then as my trip to Texas approached, I realized that the flights to and from (and possibly some of the time when we weren’t running about) would be just a superb opportunity for reading. They were. I’ve restocked my library holds list. I’ve got a couple of good books that I’m working through now.
I Want My Epidural Back by Karen Alpert
God and Jetfire by Amy Seek
Run by Ann Patchett
Good as Gone by Amy Gentry
I will confess that I have not been in a huge reading “mood” lately.
I think the J.K. Rowling books through Pottermore are the first eBooks I have EVER purchased as they were only available digitally. I want to say they were $3 each and I loved every one more than The Cursed Child. Recommend if you are a Harry Potter fan.
I do have some interesting things coming up on my holds list at the library so I’m looking forward to literally checking those out.
The Mommy Group by Elizabeth Isadora Gold
Hogwarts: An Incomplete & Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling
Short Stories from Hogwarts: Of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling
Short Stories from Hogwarts: Of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling
Friends. So much to say about these books! First off, I really loved reading them all. I think that Krakatoa is probably a little niche. But the rest = for all people. Second. I am pretty sure the last time I read two books by J.K. Rowling in one month was when I was in 7th grade. I had just read the first book (obtained via Scholastic Book Order) and consumed it so quickly (I was reading it under my desk in science class) that Mom took me to Barnes and Noble to go buy books two and three which I began to read immediately that evening at my grandma’s house. I am now informed that she is releasing like three more books via Pottermore so friends we need to figure out how to get those! WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.
In all seriousness, I loved reading Harry Potter, but I have also really loved reading her Cormoran Strike series and The Casual Vacancy, which was her first book after HP is also quite good.
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
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Slowly, but surely, I am making my way through a few more books. The library just sent me a BUNCH of books off of my holds list via eBook. That’s sort of nice because again, I can use my Kindle OR I can read on my phone if I just have five minutes to spare. With that in mind, I need to remember that I can use my phone for reading actual books when those five minute books present themselves.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis
Reading is slow going these days. I feel like I’m basically becoming a patron of the Hennepin County library with the fines I’m starting to rack up. But it’s worth it. Truly. I make the time wherever I can.
The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
The Big Short by Michael Lewis
Eruption by Steve Olson