Category Archives: Books

What I’ve Been Reading

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

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Substitute by Nicholson Baker

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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

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While America Aged by Roger Lowenstein

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What I’ve Been Reading

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

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God and Jetfire by Amy Seek

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Run by Ann Patchett

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Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

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What I’ve Been Reading

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

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Hogwarts: An Incomplete & Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling

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Short Stories from Hogwarts: Of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling

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Short Stories from Hogwarts: Of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately

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

Krakatoa

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

The Cursed Child

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy

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What I’ve Been Reading

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

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It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort

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MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

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Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis

It's Okay to Laugh

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

Eruption

 

 

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

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

The Taliban Shuffle

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The Nest