Books I Read This Week 2017 – 21

I started this week with Garden of Small Beginnings. It was cute and sweet but didn’t really fill me up. I am not sorry I read it but I could have done fine without it, too.

I then moved on to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine which I’d read was like the Ove books but even though I did like it, I don’t think it was as lovely as the grandmother one I read a few weeks ago. I sort of guessed the small twist in the end but all in all it was okay.

I then picked up The Dance of Anger because it had been a while since my last Lerner. I liked this book. I need to listen to it again and I know I will learn more each time.

I then moved on to The Boy on the Bridge which is a prequel to The Girl with All the Gifts which was such a sweet, lovely surprise of a book. This one was different, more science-focused for most of it but in the end it was a lot about what it means to be human. I liked it.

I then moved on to The Light we Lost which was an okay book but I am not sure the time I spent on it was worthwhile. I sort of guessed the ending of this one, too.

And finally, the next book in line from the library was Windfall. It was okay but also not amazing. 

I guess this was a week of okay books but not many great books. Here’s to hoping next week is better.


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 20

I started this week with The Book of Joy. This book is one I have to read again and again. Lessons here are wonderful. All of it thought-provoking. I am so grateful for these two amazing people and for a book that captures a bit of them.

I then moved on to Beartown which I knew very little about and in the end it ended up being a tough book to read. But it was very well done and I am glad I read it. Even though it was tough and sad.

I then picked up Ginny Moon which I also knew nothing about. This cute, sweet book was also frustrating at times and I wanted to kick some of the adults in it. But it was one I didn’t regret reading.

I had a lot of books checked out from the library but I wanted to read The Leavers even though it wasn’t next on my check-out list. This book is so layered and there are so many subjects the author tackles. But the one that resonated the most with me was about belonging because it’s something I grapple with a lot. I loved it.

I was so looking forward to Men without Women too since I love, adore Murakami. I love him. Have I mentioned I love him? Even though I don’t love short stories, I still wanted to see if I could like this. And while I don’t love all of the stories, I really liked several of them and I’ll take whatever Murakami I can get.

I am in this weird space where I have a lot of books checked out but many of them aren’t speaking to me so we’ll see what happens this week.


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 19

I started this week with For the Love. I had seen Jet Hatmaker’s book at Bravegirls Camp and then saw Glennon mentioning her and then the book appeared at my library in the same week so I figured that was the universe telling me it was time to read it. I am glad I did. 

I then moved on to Anything is Possible which I had been looking forward to reading and I absolutely loved it. There are a lot of tough issues in these stories but Elizabeth Strout can write with elegance and so much tenderness. I absolutely love her work.

I then went back and forth with a lot of books and settled in on Chasing Slow which I’d also been looking forward to reading. In the end, it was an okay read. I loved pieces of it and was ok about other pieces of it. I am glad I read it.

I then moved to The Hate U Give which was powerful, thought-provoking and I am glad books like this are getting published. I knew very little about the book before I started it and read it pretty much in one sitting.

I then moved on to The Upside of Unrequited right after. it was lighter and still poignant for me. I needed the lightness and ended up staying up past 2am to read this. It wasn’t as magical as her previous book but honestly i loved it to bits.

And finally, I ended the week with The One Memory of Flora Banks. This makes three YA novels in a row. It was just one of those weeks. I read this one really fast and kept having a sense of doom like it was going to end terribly and there were some really sad parts but it redeemed itself. 

I’m also still reading bits of Storm in a Cup, The Book of Joy, Modern Mindfulness, and The Craving Mind.  Nonfiction sometimes requires more patience than i have. Chasing Slow ended up being the 100th book I read this year.


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 18

I started this week with Hourglass. I don’t think I’ve ever read Dani Shapiro before and I am not sure what compelled me to pick this one but I am glad I did. I liked it. I can’t even put my finger on why. Maybe it was the honesty.

I then moved on to The Book of Polly which I had been resisting for some reason. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but in the end I think I did. I certainly didn’t feel sad that I read it. 

I had similar feelings around The Stars are Fire. I’ve read Anita Shreve before and I sort of felt she was ok but not amazing. And while I enjoyed this book, it all ended a bit too neatly for my taste and I felt flat after it was over. Meh. Still not sorry I read it.

I wanted a bit of a break so I picked up the short South and West. It might be short but it wasn’t light and I liked it but didn’t really give it the attention it deserved.

I then moved to Mindshift. I’d taken a class from Oakley before so I knew I was going to like it and I really liked it. Her class and this book are both 100% worth it. It was uplifting and practical and interesting. 

I’d been looking forward to reading American War all week so I was really glad when its turn came (I have a lot of library books checked out so I have to create a discipline around which one I can read first depending on the due dates.) I read it in one day. It was both better and not as good as I had anticipated. It was very sad. I finished it as I am writing this so I am still thinking about it so I can’t say much more yet. 

And finally, I ended the week with Option B. I am still reading it but it’s almost over. I really like it. It’s not a happy subject matter but it helps to have reminders that life is unpredictable and I am so very lucky right now. This makes it book number 97 for 2017.

I’ve also started both Storm in a Cup and For the Love, both of which I am reading slowly, in between books because I like them so much.


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 17

I first read The Animators. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but I did. I loved parts of it and wasn’t crazy about other parts of it. In the end, I am glad I read it. 

I then moved on to Lucky Boy knowing it was going to be a tough read and it was but I loved that the author didn’t try to make it didactic or easy and just gave us a story that was complex and gray, just like life is.

I was conflicted about reading Idaho but in the end I decided I wanted to and I am glad I did. It was another story that didn’t really resolve cleanly but I didn’t mind. I liked the layers of the story, I really liked some of the characters and I enjoyed the writing.

I am starting to sound repetitive but I also wasn’t sure about Perfect Little World. The premise sounded a bit odd and I didn’t want to read a cult story. But it was not a cult story. It was also layered, complex, messy and interesting. Not didactic. I really enjoyed it.

And finally, I ended the week with The Wanderers. It was interesting, enjoyable and worthwhile for me.

I chose not to read Word by Word for now, I also abandoned The Life Changing Magic of not Giving a F*ck.  I decided The Thousandth Floor would have to wait until the sequel is out. and Idaho this week, too. I haven’t decided if I will finish either. Let’s see. I have some books that I’ve been looking forward to in my queue so that might take precedence.


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 16

A new Anne Lamott book is a cause for celebration and Hallelujah Anyway was no exception. She is amazing and I hope she continues to write and publish books for many years to come. Thank you for being you Anne Lamott. 

I checked out The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down because it sounded like a book that would speak to me. And it was absolutely wonderful. Highly recommended.

I listened to A Little More Human on the way to Idaho. It started out interesting but then I didn’t like it and I kept waiting for it to be good again, but it never was. Put this one in the camp of “i want my hours back.” there were things I liked about it, but overall, not so much.

This is How It Always Is was my favorite read of 2017 so far. It might be my favorite read of the last 5 years. I loved every little bit of it. I loved it. Really, really loved it.

It was time for another Harriet Lerner so I devoured  Why Won’t You Apologize? Fantastic as all her books are.

I was going to read The Most Dangerous Place on Earth but decided it was too annoying for me. So it was finally time to read Waking Gods. I had read the first book last year and loved it and the second one didn’t disappoint. It was a super-pleasant surprise that this was book two of two so it came to a great conclusion, too. 

I sampled Word by Word and Idaho this week, too. I haven’t decided if I will finish either. Let’s see. I have some books that I’ve been looking forward to in my queue so that might take precedence.


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 15

I am not even sure why I picked up The Arrangement. I was sure I wouldn’t like it and I really didn’t need another fluffy book that was too clever for its own good. As it worked out, it was a much different story than I had thought and I read it all in one sitting. I felt it was a bit didactic in the end but I still enjoyed it. 

I’ve been waiting for Laini Taylor’s new book for so so long. I’m a huge fan of her previous series and I knew I’d love Strange the Dreamer  because I love her writing so much. And it was no disappointment. I enjoyed every moment of this book. It wasn’t as magical as the previous only because that was the first book I’ve read in such a magical world. I can’t wait to read number two of this wonderful series.

I then listened to Solve for Happy which came at a very opportune time and was so very honest and interesting and full of exactly what I needed to hear when I needed to hear it. May I never have to experience such terrible loss.

Eggshells was a quirky, quick story. I enjoyed it quite a bit but it didn’t leave a huge impression, it was mostly an intermission story.

I then picked up  Setting Free the Kites which was wonderful. A coming of age story that was sad but touching and I am really glad I read it. Still thinking about it now.

I hadn’t read a Lisa See story in years. I think possibly ten years but for some reason I decided I wanted to read The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane and she was as wonderful as I remembered. This great story is about belonging amongst many other themes and I really loved it.

It was time for another Harriet Lerner so I read The Dance of Intimacy which was one of the few my library had. Shockingly, getting good at intimacy requires focusing on yourself and doing work on you. I know, you’re just as surprised as I am, aren’t you? Just kidding. Of course, the hard work is always with you.

And finally I just finished What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky. This was another library recommendation. Short story collection. Some were wonderful and some were okay and I lost my focus while listening to others. 

I still have 18 books sitting on my library bookshelf. Can’t wait to read some more! One of my favorite parts of traveling! 


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 14


A lot of books this week but several of them were very short.

I first picked up The Dry because the library had it and it looked interesting. But the narrator’s accent was so thick that I kept not following the story so I finally gave up listening to it and decided to just read it. It was an interesting story and I am glad I read it. But I didn’t love it.

I chose Always  because I’d read a different book by Jio a few months ago and it was easy and light and I was in the mood for that. This story was also easy and light and I am not sorry I read it but I doubt I’ll remember it for a long time.

I then listened to We Should All Be Feminists which I loved so very much and immediately moved on to her most recent: Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions which was also awesome. I loved them both!

After those, I read Milk and Honey which was also wonderful. Different. Poignant. Thought provoking, Honest. Lovely.

I would have never ever picked up My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry if it weren’t for a friend who told me her daughter really liked it. I’d read his previous book and didn’t love it (even though many others did.) So I was kind of done with the author. But I am so so so glad I picked this up. I loved every single minute of it and then I cried and cried and cried. It was absolutely beautiful. My favorite read of the week. 

I then picked up The Reader because it was about to expire and my friend Amy had said she enjoyed it. And I did too. It wasn’t the best YA read I ever read but it was interesting and thought provoking.

It was time for another nonfiction so I picked up The Five Dysfunctions of a Team which was recommended by one of the Directors I work with. It was a quick and fantastic read. I will have to revisit this one a few times.

And finally I had read the Wolf in a White Van a few months ago and decided to tackle Universal Harvester. I’ll be honest, I didn’t follow this story super-well but I still liked the style of writing this author has and how wildly different it is from everything I read. This was book #73 for 2017.

I have a few more books checked out from the library that I am dying to read so here’s to more reading this week! 


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 13

I started my week with Celine which I’d been really looking forward to as I’ve liked both of the two other Peter Heller books I’ve read mostly because his writing isn’t what I usually pick up and this was no exception. I loved the story. I loved Celine. I enjoyed this book.

I then decided to finish the three middle grade books we needed to read for the Lit Club I teach. I finished  The Menagerie well after Nathaniel read all three books in the series. This is a cute, lovely book. I was disappointed in Number the Stars because it stayed so much on the surface of what I thought was a tough tough story. And Fuzzy Mud was okay. Not amazing but not terrible either. Interesing premise. 

After those, I read Stretch which I was worried wouldn’t be great, but it was. I enjoyed every moment of it. Instead od moving to fiction I felt like reading Harriet Lerner’s Fear and Other Uninvited Guests which was absolutely fantastic. I can’t wait to read more of her.

And I finished my week with Innocents and Others. This book was on my to-read list last year but I never got around to it. It has mixed reviews and I kept wanting to stop when I started but I pushed myself to make it through and in the end I really liked how the stories came together. I enjoyed this one more than I thought.

I’m hoping for some more fiction this week. An especially good one if I get lucky.


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 12

I started my week with Edgar and Lucy which I had been looking forward to. This book was really hard to get into for me. I didn’t connect with the characters and didn’t understand where the story was going. It goes back and forth in time and perspective which is especially hard on audio. But I decided to persist and moved back and forth between audio and reading. I’d say three quarters of the book ended up being reading because once I got into it, I didn’t want to stop and the audio just wasn’t fast enough at that point (even at 2x). By the end of the book, I really loved it. Even though it was haunting and sad and darker than I thought it would be, I am glad I read it..

I then decided to pickup Stranger in the Woods which I wasn’t sure I’d like. It was a short read and I will say that while the story is fascinating, the book was okay. Not amazing and not much better than a long magazine article would have been imho.

After that, I read The Rules Do Not Apply which I finished pretty much in one sitting. It was so sad and so beautifully written but I still felt like there was something missing for me. Something that stopped me from connecting with the author more. I am glad I read it anyway.

And then I moved to Ill Will. I’ve read Dan Chaon before and thought I would like it. This book is really unusual in style. Several chapters end in the middle of a sentence. There are random spaces in between words, etc. For this one, too, I went back and forth between reading and listening. I couldn’t decide if I hated the book and should put it down of if I wanted to finish. I finally finished after a long slog. In the end, I am glad I read this one, too. I disliked pretty much every single character but the book did make me think about memories and how we remember things. I usually dislike when things aren’t resolved but in this case it didn’t bother me as much.

None of the books I read this week were magnificent in my opinion. I am reading a book now that I am enjoying a lot and I have 20+ books checked out from the library so I am hoping next week’s bunch will be a better fit for me.


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 11

I started my week with Gemina because I had it out from the library and it was a 7-day loan so I had to read it first. I knew David liked this one more than the first one and I agree with him. I felt like the last third of the book (which comes after an interesting twist, the first one in a long long time that didn’t bother me) is fantastic. The first part of the book, though, dragged a bit for me and could have been edited more heavily imho. Nonetheless, the twist and all the parts that came out of that made it worthwhile. I am glad I read it.

I then decided to tackle Version Control which I had checked out from library twice before but hadn’t gotten around to listening to. It’s quite a long one and I wasn’t sure it would hold my interest but I was totally wrong. Once I started, I was 100% absorbed in it and I loved all of it. Even though it was another book with similar physics themes that I’ve read several times in the last year, I loved it. This was my kind of book.

I then moved on to Exit West which I’d been waiting for excitedly. Exit West was a quick read and it was also thought provoking. I am not a rereader but this is a book I can see myself rereading. I loved the combination of light magical realism with the heavy historical subject matter. 

And then I moved to  The Roanoke Girls which I knew little about. I should have read more about it because really I didn’t need the disturbing story in my life. But once I started reading it, I could not put it down so there goes 5 hours of my life I won’t get back. It’s a fast read and even though you know very early on how disturbing it’s going to be it’s like an accident you can’t look away from. It doesn’t really even redeem itself in the end. I will admit that I wanted my hours back. You’ve been warned. 🙂

I ended the week with I’m Judging You which I really really liked. It was funny but much more than funny, it was deep, insightful and thought provoking. A perfect combination in any book, if you ask me. 

 


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017?here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 10

I started my week with Small Admissions because I had nothing interesting checked out from the library and this was one of my purchases from Audible. It was sweet, light and it reminded me a lot of what last year was like when we were going through this admissions process. This year it’s just Nathaniel so it’s been a lot less crazy. Here’s to hoping we don’t have to do this again until college.

I then decided to tackle Pachinko which was about to expire and I wasn’t sure I didn’t want to listen to it. I dragged myself through a lot of the book and started and stopped it many times but I finally persevered and I am so glad I did. I was very attached to the characters and even cried at the end of the story. This historical time was all new to me and I am really glad I read it.

Since I was already crying I decided to pickup You Will not Have my Hate which I knew was about the man who’d lost his wife in the French terrorism recently. They had a little baby. I knew this story would be heart-wrenching and it totally was but it was also beautiful. Loved it.

I was ready for something light so I picked up The Impossible Fortress which was a 7-day loan from the library so I read it all in one sitting. It was just my type of book. About the 80s, programming on a Commodore, funny, sweet, quirky. I love love loved it.

What Light was also in my list of “about to expire” books from Overdrive so I decided to finish it while I could. It was a lovely little Young Adult story. Not as good as Asher’s previous book but I still enjoyed it.

And finally, I was able to get Faithful out of the library and had no idea how much I was going to love this book. I did not want to turn it off. I loved the characters and though it didn’t feel like a a Hoffman story to me, it really really spoke to me and I am so very glad I read it.

That’s it for this week. A wide mix but no non-fiction this time. Faithful was my 47th book of 2017. 


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017?here.