what i've been reading lately

I have not done this since January. Which is just ridiculous. But what that also means is that this list is quite extensive and so therefore this post could be quite nuts. I counted and well... 32 books. So I'm going to have to break it down into sections here. And I'll keep my comments very short. Ha!

I found a few new authors I love! Kristin Hannah and Sandra Brown. Totally different types of authors to be sure! From Kristin I read, The Great AloneBetween Sisters, and Mystic Lake. All three I loved! I am always left wanting to know more and they always end too soon. As far as Sandra's go I feel like she has herself a successful book writing recipe there. From what I can gather. These are page turners and I always read them so quickly! Mean Streak and Lethal were the two I have read so far and I plan on more! I have read Grisham before but it's been a bit. I read Camino Island and The Rooster Bar, both good as you can expect.

During the summer I read a lot of what I would call "beachy" reads. Meaning sort of mindless and light. Fun? So if those are your types of books may I recommend:
Still Me - JoJo Meyers
The Hating Game - Sally Thorne
Love & Gelato - Jenna Evans Welch
Beautiful Day - Elin Hildebrand

I read a few historical fiction books and I just love those. These all were WWII themed and as we know, that's my favorite part of history to read about. Fiction or otherwise.
Beneath a Scarlet Sky - Mark Sullivan (This was about a side of WWII I rarely read about, the Italian side. In the alps.)
Secrets of a Charmed Life - Susan Meissner (Loved this one, about two sisters and The Blitz)
Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter (also in Italy. jumps from the past to present and somewhere in between)

These are books I felt like I had to read just because of the author.... All were good.
The Chemist - Stephenie Meyer 
Origin - Dan Brown
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall - Diana Gabaldon (love me some Jamie!)
Varina - Charles Frazier
Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery (just for old time's sake)

I read two dystopian society type books and both were good. 
When She Woke - Hillary Jordan (the future where your skin is dyed to match your crime and no prison)
100 - Kass Morgan (delinquent kids sent to earth to see if it is inhabitable, also a show)

And ones that I just can't seem to categorize...
Wonder - R.J. Palacio (loved! cried! watched the movie! will read again!)
Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng (family dynamics, prejudices, stereotypes. worth a read)
An American Marriage - Tayari Jones
Sweetbitter - Stephanie Danler (also a show and I like that better I think, about being a server in new york)

I wouldn't recommend these necessarily and I'll just leave it at that.... To each their own!
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet - Becky Chambers (it was just a lot. if you're into aliens then you'd probably love it!)
Shape of Water - Vanessa Taylor (weird)
Capital Gaines - Chip Gaines (you know I wanted to love this, I did! just felt very self-helpy to me)
Seinfeldia - Jennifer Armstrong (wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be)
Homegoing - Ya'a Gyasi (super important story but super heavy and I got confused)
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher (although I did learn some interesting gossip)

So. Any book suggestions for me? I'm all ears (eyes)!





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5 comments

  1. Ohh I really liked Little Fires Everywhere. I just read Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman. Read it!!!!

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  2. I literally can't finish a book lately to save my life. by the time I am done with work, watch a little tv and lay down I can't keep my eyes open. SAD. I literally read half of plum sykes' newest book and I was so bored. just fyi. sad. maybe bc set in the 80s? who knows.

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  3. Okay. You must read Kristin Hannah's Firefly Lane and Winter Garden. Winter Garden is so, so, so, so good. I love almost all of her books but Winter Garden takes the top.
    Also, I highly recommend Sophia of Silicon Valley. Check out Kristy Woodsen Harvey.

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  4. I'm so impressed with all that you've read! I think I'm going to do some reading this weekend! The 4th book to a series I love came out and I can't wait to dig into it. They're the Morgan Dane series by Melinda Leigh.

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  5. like, HOW?!?! when do you read?! you are amazing. i am doing everything wrong haha. like... falling asleep putting my kids in bed. but anyway, i have to say, i have heard people share their disappointment in capital gaines! such a bummer!

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