These are…the final books of my maternity leave, bringing my total to… 16 books read (or 15.5 books since I was already halfway through Furiously Happy when Critter arrived). Gold star, me!
I need to beef up my reserves list at the library so if you have got recommendations, PLEASE send them my way!
American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis
Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel by Kate Bowler
The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Well, it looks like by the time my maternity leave is over, I will have succeeded in reading at least one book per week. I’m really reading to pass the time and to make sure I don’t outright lose my mind, but I guess it sort of feels like an accomplishment? I’ll take anything these days.
As I mentioned before, the Kindle app on my iPhone is a real game changer because now I can read books one handed in my glider! This is especially critical as I believe I have found the end of the internet in the last 10 weeks.
I am The Chosen King by Helen Hollick
The Little Book That Beats The Market by Joel Greenblatt
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Business Adventures by John Brooks
I’ve read a real potpourri of books in the last few weeks and have now found myself in the complicated position of having many books started. It just happens sometimes.
I am by no means reading all the time – I actually sort of suck at the whole doing things one handed-thing. But it is one of the many things I can do to fill some of the time when Critter is sleeping and I am Not Napping.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
After reading Go Set a Watchman it was very obvious to me that I had to read Harper Lee’s first (and for a very long time, only) book because I was 100% positive that we watched the movie adaptation in some class but never actually read the book.
I really loved it and I am 100% sure I appreciated it more now than I did (or would have) in high school.
The Index Card by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
I can’t say that I am tearing through books at my previous pace, but most days, I do get a chance to read a least a little bit. Especially now that the thank you notes are written. There was a point in time where all of my waking leisure time was directed toward correspondence. Not so anymore.
I was actually, according to my Kindle, 90% done with Furiously Happy before Critter was born, so I didn’t read that entire book after Critter arrived, but still, it’s something.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
Maternity Leave by Julie Halpern
Sleepwalking by Meg Wolitzer
This month, I ran into the issue of having too many books all at once. At some point, I’ll have to go back through what ended up being returned to the library to re-reserve what I actually do plan to read. My life is difficult, I know.
Pretty Girls by Karen Slaughter
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
The Clasp by Sloane Crosley
I thought this was sort of fitting since the new year is right around the corner and I am sure that some of you have some sort of financial goals that you are hoping to achieve in 2016. Over the course of 2015, I read a few different books about money. Some about personal finance, some that were more research commentary on the financial status of working Americans in the 21st century. I don’t know why I saved all of these to share at once (please don’t think I read these all in the last week!), but I did. They were sort of interesting books. And sort of different from what I usually choose to read.
Pound Foolish by Helaine Olen
The Two Income Trap by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Tyagi Warren
The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias
$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin
You don’t need me to tell you this, but 2015 is winding down! I already know that there is a 100% chance I will not read anywhere nearly as much in 2016 as I did this year. 2015 was pretty much an all-you-can-eat buffet of words and stories. Here are just a few more books I managed to tear through.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
Last Song Before Night by Ilana Myer