Category Archives: Books

What I’ve Been Reading

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

The Forever Queen

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

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The Big Short by Michael Lewis

The Big Short

Eruption by Steve Olson





What I’ve Been Reading

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

American Housewife

Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel by Kate Bowler


The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker

The Taliban Shuffle

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The Nest

What I’ve Been Reading

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

I am the Chosen King

The Little Book That Beats The Market by Joel Greenblatt

The Little Book That Beats The Market

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies

Business Adventures by John Brooks

Business Adventures

What I’ve Been Reading

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

To Kill a Mockingbird

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

The Index Card

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

Flash Boys

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air


What I’ve Been Reading

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

Furiously Happy

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set A Watchman

Maternity Leave by Julie Halpern

Maternity Leave

Sleepwalking by Meg Wolitzer


What I’ve Been Reading

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

Pretty Girls

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Career of Evil

Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams

Along the Infinite Sea

The Clasp by Sloane Crosley

The Clasp

What I’ve Been Reading – $$$ Edition

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

Pound Foolish


The Two Income Trap by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Tyagi Warren

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The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias

The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin

$2.00 a Day