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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

The Two Income Trap.jpg

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

What I’ve Been Reading

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

Cloud Atlas

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

The Orphan Master's Son

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

The Mountain Story

Last Song Before Night by Ilana Myer

Last Song Before Night

What I’ve Been Reading

Something I continue to forget to tell you all: in the last month, there have been a number of nights where I have woken up well-rested, but somewhere in the 4:00 hour instead of the 5:00 one.  Sometimes I am able to fall back to sleep and grab an extra hour, just for fun.  But a great deal of the time, I am simply awake and it is okay.  I use the extra hour in my day for reading and blogging and catching up on personal e-mails and whatnot so it is by no means a terrible situation.

This morning I woke up early, finished a book, and with that extra hour, I decided I may as well write a blog post too because why not?  I do want to take a moment to note that when WordPress did their internal redesign…last year?  I was one of the hold-outs that continued to post, etc. using the old back-end module v. the new one.  This morning it seems that this option is no longer available (tragedy).  All of this is to say that if I press “publish” and this post is like…totally mangled, it’s going to be a surprise for all of us so bear with me.

Here’s more stuff I read.

Slade House by David Mitchell

Slade House

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

Becoming Nicole

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

The Heart Goes Last

Notorious RBG by Irin Cameron and Shana Knizhnik

Notorious RBG

What I’ve Been Reading

Here we are again, with a list of the books I’ve finished recently.  As it turns out, first pregnancies are a great time for reading because while I’d like to consider myself someone who is fairly active physically and socially, there are a lot of nights I don’t go out anymore (thanks, 9:00 bedtime) where I am instead reading.

I’ll also take a brief moment to beg all of you who are not yet library-goers to join up with your local library.  I honestly think I’ve only purchased two books this year and one of them was a book on baby deals and the other one was a book on convincing your infant to sleep.  We are very lucky that the closest branch of our library is only a mile away so it is always very easy to pop in to pick up or return book.  But, for you modern people with your eReaders, I know I have said this before, but you can check out eBooks through the library as well!  Or at least you can if you belong to the Hennepin County Library system.  It is so frighteningly easy.  Many weekends, I simply sit on the couch, add eBooks to my reserves list and then wait for an e-mail informing me that they are ready!  Then, all I have to do is log into my library account, “check out” the book, and download it from Amazon.  It could not be any simpler.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Case Histories

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic

Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter

Unfinished Business

Books-readers, what have you been reading lately? The Amazon best books list for November is not super-interesting to me, so I need your suggestions!