The 5 Books I Finished in January

Linking up with Anne Bogel’s Quick Lit

I started off the month of January by finishing a deep, uplifting theological book about the Trinity (as in, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). And then I did a 180 and read three fast-paced thrillers. Looking back, it was a mildly intellectual reading month. Without further ado, here are the five books I finished in January.

The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr

My Thoughts: Richard Rohr explains the unending grace and mercy of God like no other person I’ve encountered. Reading his books feels like opening the shade and letting the light shine in. Rohr’s latest book explores the Trinity and the flow – or dance – that is God. It may challenge you to stretch your thinking beyond the comfort zone. That’s not such a bad thing.

Length: 224 pages

When I Read It: December 26, 2016-January 1, 2017

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Received a hard copy for Christmas; read it the old-fashioned way.

Memorable Quote: “Human strength is defined in asserting boundaries. God, it seems, is in the business of dissolving boundaries. So we enter into paradox—what’s Three is one and what’s One is three. We just can’t resolve that, and so we confuse unity with uniformity.”

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I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

My Thoughts: I picked up this book from my library’s Staff Recommendations shelf because I was looking for something light, fast-paced, and intriguing. Well, it was light and medium-paced, but it didn’t deliver much to me on the intriguing front. The story follows a woman’s reconnection with a man who kidnapped her when she was a teenager. I was intrigued by the idea, but, for me, the story lacked the twists and turns of a top-notch thriller.

Length: 373 pages

When I Read It: December 25-January 5, 2017

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Picked it up off the Staff Recommendations shelf at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

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The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey of Self Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

My Thoughts: This approachable guide to the Enneagram, a personality typing system that has been used for centuries, is an engaging, helpful read. As you move through Cron’s character descriptions, you’ll find yourself chuckling at how spot-on some of the descriptions are, and you’ll probably come across a few people you know and maybe even – gasp – yourself. I’m a type 1 with a strong 9 wing. If that sounds like gobbledygook, you should probably read the book.

Length: 238 pages

When I Read It: January 5-9, 2017

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

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Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

My Thoughts: This is the top-notch thriller I was craving. Paris’s debut novel is a tightly woven, fast-paced book that’s all about the plot: the story of the marriage between Grace and Jack, which is, to describe it without any spoilers, unusual. This is not classic literature, but it IS a five-star thriller that you won’t want to put down.

Length: 304 pages

When I Read It: January 9-12, 2017

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

My Thoughts: In this suspenseful story about the disappearance of two women, the chapters flow backwards from Day 15 to Day 1 after the disappearance of Annaleise Carter. Throughout the book, we also learn the truth about what happened in the disappearance of a girl ten years earlier. When I first started reading, I was completely intrigued, but my interest petered out in the middle. I had trouble keeping the details straight in the backwards format, which may have been part of the plot device, but it annoyed me. And while I’m at it, another thing that annoyed me was the title. There are “only” two missing girls in this book, so referring to “All the Missing Girls” is just plain hyperbole. I know others have loved this book, and it’s definitely worth a read, but it wasn’t my favorite.

Length: 384 pages

When I Read It: January 17-23, 2017

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

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Social Justice Book Club

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year my reading goals are simple:

  • Read 52 books
  • Read 1 book each month about a social justice topic

Some of the best books I’ve read in the past couple of years (Tattoos on the Heart, Just Mercy, Hillbilly Elegy) are about complex issues our society faces that matter deeply – or should matter deeply – to each of us. It can be hard to face these topics, but it’s important to make the effort, and reading about them is a good first step.

In order to foster dialogue among my real-life-and-online literary friends, I’m hosting five social justice book discussions throughout 2017. Each Facebook event will be active for one week, and I’ll post questions throughout the week to facilitate the discussion.

Below are the details for the 2017 Social Justice Book Club online events. Hope you’ll join us!

Evicted: Poverty and Pro25852784fit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond, Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius,” has written an extensively researched book about landlord-tenant relationships, evictions, and extreme poverty in American cities.

Online Discussion: February 27-March 6, 2017 https://www.facebook.com/events/698995783611322/

 

 

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Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones22529381

Since I live in a state where heroin use is on the rise, America’s opiate epidemic has been on my mind. I’m eager to read journalist Sam Quinones’s account of how the problem has spread. Dreamland has made many “best of” book lists and was awarded the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction.

Online Discussion: April 24-May 1, 2017 https://www.facebook.com/events/406022389735448/

 

 

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An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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The history of the Native Americans who originally inhabited the U.S. is something that we all know to be deeply troubling, but we tend to guiltily shove that darkness into the back of our minds. At least, that’s been my method of “dealing with it.” I hope that reading this book, which received both the 2015 American Book Award and the 2015 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature – will provide us with more educated, less escapist viewpoints on this topic.

Online Discussion: July 10-17, 2017 https://www.facebook.com/events/1320674354621987/

 

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Miche6792458lle Alexander

2016 reminded us time and again that – to our horror – racial injustice is not a thing of the past. Having worked with ex-offenders transitioning from incarcerated life back to the outside world, I am somewhat aware of the effects of imprisonment on individuals, but I want to understand more about the larger structure of the criminal justice system and the racial injustices that have been ingrained in the system. Another important book on this topic is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

Online Discussion: September 18-25, 2016 https://www.facebook.com/events/1238236362935149/

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Tatt7090193oos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle

This is the only book on this list that I’ve already read. Since one of my goals in life is to get everyone to read it, clearly I had to include it as part of the Social Justice Book Club. Plus, I need a good excuse to buy a hard copy. Gregory Boyle’s stories about ministering to gangs in Los Angeles are deeply moving and will challenge your misconceptions about people and how to love them. (Spoiler Alert: That’s the whole point of this book club.)

Online Discussion: November 13-20, 2017 https://www.facebook.com/events/1831224293821342/

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““If there is a fundamental challenge within these stories, it is simply to change our lurking suspicion that some lives matter less than other lives.”

– Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart

 

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The 5 Books I Finished in November and December

Linking up with Anne Bogel’s Quick Lit

After an unintentional hiatus from blogging (AKA an attack of laziness), I’m back to share the books I read at the end of 2016. Although I slowed down on my reading progress as the holidays rolled by, I did finish some great books toward the end of the year. Without further ado, here are the five books I read in November and December.

 

IT by Stephen King

My Thoughts: This book is a shining (pun intended) example of why Stephen King is THE king of horror. The creepy, crazy story of the haunted town of Derry, Maine and the gang of friends who confront the dreaded IT is not just terrifying; it’s so well-told that it’s almost believable.  King’s plot and character development are both phenomenal – as is his ability to make clowns petrifying. Unless you’re super squeamish, give this book a try; you will be sucked into the story – hopefully not literally.

Length: 1116 pages (Yup)

When I Read It: August 23, 2015-November 11, 2016 (I started and stopped a couple of times, but when I finally got going, I couldn’t put it down.)

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

My Thoughts: This was a fascinating exploration of underdog triumphs and what contributes to these seemingly unlikely victories. I especially enjoyed the examples Gladwell used from the field of medicine – the story of Dr. Emil J. Freireich, who went against the grain to pioneer a treatment for childhood leukemia – and the field of education. I’m not sure I would have stuck with this book in print form, but I coasted along with the audio version.

Length: 7 hours

When I Read It: November 15-17, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Borrowed the audiobook through Overdrive and listened on my phone.

Memorable Quote: “But so much of what is beautiful and valuable in the world comes from the shepherd, who has more strength and purpose than we ever imagine.”

The Likeness by Tana French

My Thoughts: After reading and loving French’s first book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, In the Woods, I was excited to read The Likeness, and book two did not disappoint.  French digs deeper into the character of Detective Cassie Maddox, who goes undercover to investigate the murder of a woman who looked exactly like her (hence, the book title). It’s a suspenseful read with interesting characters in an Irish setting. What more could you want?

Length: 466 pages

When I Read It: November 20-December 9, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

My Thoughts: When my favorite online book discussion group set up a readalong of Little Women for the Christmas season, I jumped at the chance to re-read it for the first time in almost 25 years. Although I know the story well from the movie starring Winona Ryder, I honestly remembered nothing from my first reading of the book, so it was such a treat to read it for (almost) the first time. I loved the experience of reading it as an adult and found myself resonating with the character of Marmee – the mother – even more than beloved Jo.

Length: 449 pages

When I Read It: December 3-24, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Downloaded a free Kindle copy; read it on the Kindle app on my phone.

Memorable Quote: “Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault.”

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

My Thoughts: I can’t say this book endeared Rob Lowe to me (he just doesn’t seem down to earth to me, even though he claims to be … I suppose I could give him a chance in person), but I did really enjoy reading Lowe’s stories of getting started in show business and meeting many fascinating famous people along the way. Prior to reading this book, I had no idea that Lowe has known the Sheen family since he was a teenager, and that factoid shed a whole new light on his relationship with Martin Sheen in The West Wing. Also, this book is worth purchasing for the awesome photos in the center – classic pretty boy Rob Lowe galore. I’ve heard that the audio version read by the man himself is excellent.

Length: 320 pages

When I Read It: November 12 – December 31, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: This was a traveling book club pick that I read the old-fashioned way.

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I closed out 2016 with a grand total of 52 books read – more than three times my total in 2015. I was aiming for both quality and consistent reading progress, and I found that balance in reading, on average, a book a week.

You can check out my Goodreads “Year in Books” here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2016/5715530  and friend or follow me on Goodreads for the latest updates on what I’m reading in 2016.

 

 

The 2 Books I Finished in October

* Linking up with Anne Bogel at Quick Lit *

I thought that October was going to be a big-time reading month for me because I was traveling to Ireland without kids, but my book count doesn’t reflect that. I did finish two books, and then I spent the second half of October working on the 1,100+ page IT by Stephen King. Even though I didn’t fly through a stack of books like I anticipated, I enjoyed everything I read and especially enjoyed my leisurely reading time in the Emerald Isle. Without further ado, here are the two books I finished in October.

In the Woods by Tana French

My Thoughts: I absolutely loved the first book in Tana French’s series of police procedurals set in Dublin, Ireland. It was well-written, suspenseful, and set in my second favorite country in the world. French has written five other novels, and I’m lucky that my library found all five for me through the inter-library loan system. I can’t decide whether to go through them all in a row or space them out. No matter what, I’m going to read book #2, The Likeness, before it’s due back.

Page Count: 429 pages

When I Read It: September 30-October 9, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold a the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

My Thoughts: I bought this book as a birthday present for my husband Dave because, from what I’d heard, it seemed like his type of book. And also because I wanted to read it. Dave took it on a work trip and raved about it, which made me even more eager to dig in. This dystopian novel in which people spend much of their time in a digital world called OASIS is creative and full of fun ’80s trivia. The main character, Wade, is using all of his gaming skills to try to win top prize in a game created by OASIS’s founder, and things get pretty crazy along the way. Although I didn’t love all the video game speak, I did enjoy this book and wanted to stick around for the ending. I think the movie version has the potential to be great.

Page Count: 374 pages

When I Read It: October 9-21, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Bought it as a gift for my husband and then borrowed it; read it the old-fashioned way.


Two good, solid novels in the month of October. I’m already working on a mix of fiction and non-fiction for my November reading. You can friend or follow me on Goodreads for the latest updates.

The 5 Books I Finished in September

* Linking up with Anne Bogel at Quick Lit *

Four out of the five books I read last month were gripping, suspenseful, and/or inspiring. While I didn’t love every single book, I truly enjoyed all five reading experiences, and that’s what it’s all about. Without further ado, here’s the scoop on the five books I finished in September.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 

My Thoughts: When everyone in my literary circle started buzzing about this suspenseful science fiction novel, which was a recent Book of the Month Club pick, I put in a request at the library. I loved Stephen King’s 11/22/63 and was in the mood for another time travel adventure. I’m really glad I read the book and thoroughly enjoyed the beginning and the end. I thought it got kind of boring in the middle, but it picked up for an exciting finish. I’d highly recommend this one if you’re in the mood for a (mostly) fast-paced, plot-driven adventure.

Length: 342 pages

When I Read It: August 25-September 3, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Reserved a copy at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

My Thoughts: Everyone should read this book. When I rule the world, I’ll make you all read it. (Just kidding. I am wholeheartedly against authoritarian regimes.) Although I wouldn’t call it a literary masterpiece, Stevenson’s depiction of the Equal Justice Initiative’s mission and campaign for the basic human rights of vulnerable Americans, particularly the pursuit of racial justice in the prison system, is beyond admirable. Read it, read it, read it. Please and thank you.

Length: 336 pages

When I Read It: March 19-September 10, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Won it in a Facebook giveaway; read it the old-fashioned way.

Memorable Quote: “I reflected on how mass imprisonment has littered the national landscape with carceral monuments of reckless and excessive punishment and ravaged communities with our hopeless willingness to condemn and discard the most vulnerable among us. I told the congregation that Walter’s case had taught me that the death penalty is not about whether people deserve to die for the crimes they commit. The real question of capital punishment in this country is, Do we deserve to kill?

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Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science by Mike McHargue

My Thoughts: I have been a fangirl of Mike McHargue for a while now and tune into his analytical insights and Floridian drawl on The Liturgists and Ask Science Mike podcasts. I was really looking forward to reading the full story of his faith journey and decided to preorder his first book. I started reading the day it arrived in my mailbox and literally could not put it down. Whether or not you agree with the conclusions he has come to about God and Church, the way he tells his own story is so powerful, well written, and thought-provoking.

Length: 224 pages

When I Read It: September 13-14, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Pre-ordered it from Amazon for delivery on release day; read it the old-fashioned way.

Memorable Quote: “I doubt I’ll ever be able to resolve the contradiction between the indifferent universe I understand through science and the intimacy I find with God in prayer. All I know is that even when I was working through existential doubts about God’s nature and character, prayer was the one place where God consistently met me.”

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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

My Thoughts: After devouring the first Cormoran Strike book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, I was eager to jump into book two with high expectations. I didn’t love this one though. It took me a long time to get through it, and the plot about the gruesome murder of a writer and all the different players in the publishing world just didn’t grab my attention. I had a hard time keeping all of the names straight, probably because I kept picking up the book and putting it back down. I do love Cormoran Strike as a character, though, so I’m planning to read book three at some point.

Length: 455 pages

When I Read It: July 31-September 28, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Reserved a copy at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

My Thoughts: This inside peek at Appalachian culture explores how poverty and complicated family histories affect people over the course of their lives and form their views of the world. Although Vance is only a few years my junior, his turbulent childhood in Kentucky and Ohio was very different from my own. Not only did I find it interesting to learn about life in a different part of the U.S., I also gained a better understanding of a group of my fellow Americans.

Length: 272 pages

When I Read It: September 16-30, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Reserved a copy at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

Memorable Quote: “We talk about the value of hard work but tell ourselves that the reason we’re not working is some perceived unfairness: Obama shut down the coal mines, or all the jobs went to the Chinese. These are the lies we tell ourselves to solve the cognitive dissonance—the broken connection between the world we see and the values we preach.”

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As for my October reads, I just finished the first book in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, and now I’m impatiently waiting for the rest French’s books to show up for me at the library. You can friend or follow me on Goodreads for the latest updates.

The 4 Books I Finished in August

Summer is drawing to a close in New Hampshire, and I’m not disappointed about that. I like the routine of school and regularly scheduled activities. I hit a milestone with my reading in August; I completed my Goodreads Challenge of reading 40 books during 2016! It felt great to meet that goal. This past month was only so-so on the book choice front. I didn’t find any favorite-favorites, and I seemed to get in a rut of not making enough time to read. Today is the start of a new month, so I’m going to forge ahead at a good clip. Here are the four books I finished in August.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

My Thoughts: Shauna Niequist’s memoir about slowing down her fast-paced public life and trading “perfectionism” for presence contains gems of wisdom about focusing on what’s truly important to you and setting your own pace for your life. Although I’ve seen some folks critique the book as not easily relatable because Niequist is in the spotlight with a big writing-and-speaking career and most others of us are not, I really enjoyed her story and was able to gain some perspective on my own tendency to get frantic about things that are silly. The cover of this book is gorgeous, and I’m glad I preordered a hard copy for my shelf.

Length: 240 pages

When I Read It: August 9-11, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Preordered a hard copy on Amazon for arrival on release day; read it the old-fashioned way.

Memorable Quote: “In the space that used to be filled with a whirring ball of anxiety, now there is a new patience, a new settledness, a new desire to be just exactly where I am right now.”

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Kitchens of the Great Midwest by Ryan J. Stradal

My Thoughts: My friend Mary from my favorite online book forum recommended this book to me. It traces the fictional story of Eva Thorvald and her growth from a quirky, foodie child to an all-star chef. The individual chapters in the book highlight different characters in Eva’s life and build a vivid picture of the food culture that contributed to Eva’s success. This book will definitely make you giggle and probably make your stomach growl.

Length: 10 hours, 7 minutes

When I Read It: August 2-14, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold through Overdrive; listened to the audiobook.

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The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis

My Thoughts: I love Pope Francis’s focus on mercy (I think Jesus might too) and his description of the Church as a field hospital for the wounded, so I was really looking forward to reading The Name of God is Mercy. The book is actually the result of an interview given by Pope Francis to Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli. Although I enjoyed learning more about Pope Francis’s definition of mercy as prompted by Tornielli’s questions, I was more moved by the appendix, which is a copy of Pope Francis’s letter declaring the Year of Mercy, than the interview itself.

Length: 176 pages

When I Read It: August 11-15, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Bought it at Gibson’s Bookstore; read it the old-fashioned way.

Memorable Quote: “To refrain from judgement and condemnation means, in a positive sense, to know how to accept the good in every person and to spare him any suffering that might be caused by our partial judgement, our presumption to know everything about him. But this is still not sufficient to express mercy. Jesus asks us also to forgive and to give.”

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Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

My Thoughts: One of the categories for the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2016 Reading Challenge is to read “a book you’ve already read at least once,” so I picked up this childhood favorite a few weeks ago and decided to give it a re-read. To my surprise, I didn’t like it as much this time around. I actually had to force myself to finish it, and I probably would have abandoned it if it wasn’t part of the reading challenge. I wonder if I’ve watched one too many TLC shows about large family dynamics, but I just didn’t find the Gilbreths as charming or fascinating this time around. I did, however, still cry at the end of the book.

Length: 224 pages

When I Read It: August 10-24, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Picked it up off my shelf; read it the old-fashioned way.

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I already have several promising books going for September: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, and It by Stephen King. I can’t guarantee I’ll finish all three this month, but I have a good feeling about my reading life in September. You can friend or follow me on Goodreads for the latest updates.

The 5 Books I Finished in July

* Linking up with Sheila Craig at The Deliberate Reader and Anne Bogel at Quick Lit *

I was all business with reading this month – with three books to finish for books clubs, I actually – nerd alert – wrote out a book priority list so I’d finish everything in time. Without further ado, here are the five books I finished in July:

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by The Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

My Thoughts: The thing that struck me the most about this book was this: Although Malala was and is extremely brave in standing up for girls’ educational rights in Pakistan and endured a terrible act of terrorism, she also was a typical young girl who experienced normal ups and downs during her childhood. I would recommend this book as required reading for American middle school kids, as it might help them to gain appreciation for their easy access to education; to realize that even on the other side of the world, kids are kids with similar hopes and dreams; and to be inspired by Malala’s courage.

Length: 9 hours, 55 minutes on audio (I sped it up to about 1.5 speed, though, so it didn’t take quite that long.)

When I Read It: June 2-July 3, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold on the audiobook through Overdrive; listened via the Overdrive app.

Memorable Quote: “When someone takes away your pens you realize quite how important education is.”

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A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

My Thoughts: I almost gave up on the Inspector Gamache books after I read the first one and thought, “Well, that was OK, but why is everyone crazy about these books?” I’m so glad I gave book 2 a chance because I really loved it. Penny’s writing is much more even in A Fatal Grace, and the mystery is so much more engaging. We keep learning more about the quirky characters and the sweet-yet-murderous town of Three Pines. There are hints of trouble ahead for Inspector Gamache, and I’m intrigued. I have books 3 and 4 out from the library right now, and I hope I can get to them before they’re due back.

Length: 320 pages

When I Read It: July 3-9, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold at the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

Memorable quote: “In my teens my drug of choice was acceptance, in my twenties it was approval, in my thirties it was love, in my forties it was Scotch. That lasted a while,’ she admitted. ‘Now all I really crave is a good bowel movement.”

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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith 

My Thoughts: I’ve been looking for a series to dive into, and this month I found two – the Inspector Gamache books as noted above ^^^ AND the Cormoran Strike series, which begins with The Cuckoo’s Calling. I loved Galbraith’s (aka J.K. Rowling) introduction of the gruff-yet-lovable private investigator Strike and his overqualified secretary and all of the intriguing characters in this London mystery. I found myself wanting to read it all the time and have already started book 2, The Silkworm. I’ve never read a Harry Potter book, but I’ll call myself a J.K. Rowling fan now. My informant at the library says this is slated to be a seven-book series. Yes.

Length: 480 pages

When I Read It: June 28-July 19, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold at the library; read it the old fashioned way.

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Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski

My Thoughts: This book was recommended to me by smart women as a book “every woman should read,” and I concur: the science and psychology are eye-opening. This concludes my review of this book. You’re lucky I even told you I read it.

Length: 416 pages

When I Read It: June 15-July 27, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Bought it at Gibson’s Bookstore; read it the old-fashioned way.

Memorable Quote: “Emotions are tunnels. You have to go all the way through the darkness to get to the light at the end.”

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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

My Thoughts: I loved diving into the world of Alice Mary Love – a 39-year-old wife and mother of three who fell off her bike at spin class and lost the memories from the last ten years of her life. Moriarty, as always, writes relatable characters and deftly weaves in humor with serious storylines. I think every young (in age or at heart) woman should read this book because it is both highly entertaining and contains a great deal of wisdom on marriage and family life.

Length: 488 pages

When I Read It: July 25-31, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Received it from my fellow SortaLiterary Traveling Book Club member, Mary; read it the old-fashioned way.

Memorable Quote: “Early love is exciting and exhilarating. It’s light and bubbly. Anyone can love like that. But … after you’ve seen the worst and the best– well, that sort of love is ineffable. It deserves its own word.”

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You can friend or follow me on Goodreads for the latest updates on my August reading progress.