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
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