Books I Read This Week 2017 – 38

I had checked out Would Everybody Please Stop last time but didn’t make it all the way through. This time I finished it and while parts of it were funny, I wasn’t a huge fan overall.

I then moved to  Stay with Me which I loved. I loved. It was hard to read and made me sad in many parts but I loved reading it.

The Child was a quick read, and I will say that I didn’t guess the twist at the end at all. Partly because I read it in bits and pieces and maybe I wasn’t paying close enough attention.

I am now reading 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do which is interesting and thought provoking at parts but I am not sure it’s super considerably better than the TED talk + the article. We’ll see.


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 – 37

I read the Class Mom pretty quickly. It was funny but it was also trying too hard to be funny in my opinion. It was ok but it will be a book I will forget pretty quickly.

I then moved to  Reincarnation Blues  which was unusual and interesting and I am still not sure if I like it or not.

Almost Missed You was a quick read, too, and also not super interesting. It was okay but meh.

I then read Home Fire which was interesting even though it was hard to read. I liked it and I liked the characters, the story and I am glad I read it.

I am now reading Stress-Proof which has a lot of facts but also a lot of “this may help…” which makes me think a lot of this book is still theories and not proven anything but still interesting and worthwhile to read, 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 – 36

I read the The Marriage Pact in one breath. Very fast paced, unbelievable but still kept me on my toes. I also liked the ending. There were some interesting thoughts on marriage in the book, too.

I then moved to The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl which was quick and easy read but not great. Not as great as some of the others I read this year. Like Luvie’s one.

Of Mess and Moxie was 200th book of 2017 for me. Jen Hatmaker is awesome, this book is awesome, I loved it.

I then read Amanda Wakes Up which was an easy, fun read about politics and media.

I am now reading The Locals and enjoying it so far. It’s not 100% engaging but I like the characters and I like the storytelling so far.


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 – 35

I read the Impossible Views of the World as we traveled and it was interesting but not amazing. Meh.

I then moved to The Breakdown  which I read in one breath. It was not as predictable for me. I liked it even though it’s not a genre I enjoy all that much. 

I then moved to Our Chemical Hearts which was wonderful. I loved it and it was exactly what I needed at that moment in time.

I moved on to some Pema Chodron with Perfect Just As You Are which I didn’t give as much attention to as it deserved. but it was still amazing.

I then read Joy Diet in one breath too. I really enjoyed it and am still thinking about it.

I am now reading The Driver which is also totally not my genre. But I am liking it even though I’d say it has about 65% of my attention. 


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 – 34

I read the Epiphany Machine in one sitting. It was a weird premise and I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about it, but I liked it.

I then jumped to the very short Hunch  which I also read in one sitting. It was thought provoking and as short as I’d like my nonfiction to be :).

I then moved to Becoming Wise which was delightful. Like a dessert to be savored. I have two more chapters left here but I wanted to slow down so I moved to another book.

I am now reading Readymade Thief which I am really enjoying so far. I am scheduling this pretty early so we’ll see if I finish anything else in the meantime.

So grateful for books.


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

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I started the week with Spirit Junkie which had some parts I liked but overall Gabrielle Bernstein doesn’t seem to be doing it for me. I can’t connect with her message.

I then jumped to the very short The Little Things  which was a bit better than meh but way too wordy for what he was saying. I agreed with his ideas, I just wish he had an editor.

I then read Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice which I knew nothing about but I knew Brene would be worth it, and she so was! I didn’t want to put this one down at all. I wish she would come out with a book every month!

I then read Mrs. Fletcher which I knew I’d have mixed feelings about and I did. It had some interesting bits but also many bits I wasn’t crazy about.

I then read The Dying Game which was interesting, twisty and worthwhile. I really enjoyed it.

So grateful for books.


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 – 32

I started the week with Made For Love which I wasn’t sure about reading but once I started I found myself wanting to keep going. It was interesting in the end and I am glad I read it.

I then jumped to the very short Make Your Bed which was fantastic advice. I love books like this which are mostly really great graduation speeches. It wasn’t as profound as the David Foster Wallace one but that’s a diamond in the rough.

I then read The Turquoise Table which I knew nothing about but I loved. I wish I could do this in my neighborhood, too, but there’s so much holding me back here.

I then read Less which I kept wanting to put down but it said it was going to be super funny. It was okay but I didn’t ever connect to it much. 

I then read Rabbit Cake which I’d been looking forward to for a while. It was nice but it also wasn’t amazing.

I am now reading After On which is a bit of a crazy ride, a bit too close to home but still an engaging read.

Here’s to more books next 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 – 31

I read a bunch of books this week but most of them were short. I started my week with The Reason You’re Alive which was wonderful. Matthew Quick is so good at creating memorable characters.

Then I read Words in Deep Blue and  When Dimple Met Rishi, two very different YA novels but both about love. I enjoyed both of them.

I skipped a bunch of my queue and jumped to Watch Me Disappear hoping it would be a fast-paced novel and it was. I swallowed it up and it was okay in the end.

I then read A Beautiful, Terrible Thing knowing it was going to be sad and it was but it was also a bit annoying. 

I’d started Normal a while back but never got into it. I finally finished it this week but I will say that I still didn’t fully get into it.

I ended it with Who is Rich which was better than I thought though I wouldn’t say I loved it.

Here’s to more books next 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 – 30

I started my week with Sycamore which is sort of a mystery but really so much more. I really enjoyed this story.

Then I read What We Lose which was a quick read but also tough. I have mixed feelings about this story.

I was looking forward to reading We Are Okay which had been on hold for a long time and I loved loved this cover so much so I hoped the book wouldn’t disappoint. And it did not. I really enjoyed this, too.

I’d waited a long time to read All Grown Up too. I got lucky and found a copy at the library and read the entire book in one single sitting (as i took a bath even!) It was very good. (even if i disliked parts and characters.)

And finally it was time for some Pema Chodron again, so I grabbed Don’t Bite the Hook in my Overdrive queue and let myself bask in some of her wisdom and kindness again. Love her.

I finally enjoyed Hello, Sunshine which I knew would be a simple and easy read. It was and it was still enjoyable. 

Lovely week with fun books!


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 – 29

True to my word of not reading as much, I read fewer books this week. I started with the short story from Stories of Your Life and Others that the movie Arrival was based off of. I then tried to read some of the other stories but that wasn’t working out so I decided to put it down.

Then I read The End of Men which is the book Maggie’s Plan is based on. It was an okay read but I don’t think it’s going to leave a permanent imprint on me in any way.

I was looking forward to reading Spoonbenders but it was so hard to listen to the story, so I decided to switch to reading and it made it a thousand times more enjoyable. I loved this story and I am so glad I stuck with it. 

And finally it was time for some Pema Chodron, so I grabbed Making Friends with Your Mind in my Overdrive queue and let myself bask in some of her wisdom and kindness. Love her.

It felt good to slow down and enjoy the books 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 – 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t like Arundhati Roy’s previous book so I was determined not to pick up  Ministry of Utmost Happiness despite all the press about it. But then Amazon listed it as one of the best books of this year and for some reason that was the tipping point for me. I committed to reading it. I wish I hadn’t. Yes, it was well written. Yes, it was an important story and has valuable points/perspective/insights but it’s so brutal. So difficult. So tough. The story just got worse and worse and I couldn’t deal with it. I should have put it down. 

I then read The Shack which is stupid because I knew it was also very sad. and it didn’t disappoint on the sadness. I just couldn’t get past the dying of the girl. I was so sad as a mom and kept imagining the worse case. It was a good book, though and I’m also watching the movie, now.

I then moved on to Void Star which I’d checked out an returned several times previously. So I decided this was the time to actually read it. I will admit though that I was still on vacation and listened to this book a but half-focused. Nonetheless if science fiction is your thing, this one is a good read. 

I had also returned The Fifth Season a bazillion times so I decided to also buckle down and read it. I read it on my last day in Sydney and on the airplane. I retained probably half of this book and would have to read it again if I want to read the sequel. However, if fantasy is your genre, this one’s a winner.

I finally got to read Hunger after patiently reading the books that came before it on my queue. I had been wanting to read this book since I heard about it. I love Roxane Gay. I knew this book would be honest. And I knew it would be tough. I was right on both counts. But I was also wrong. It was much tougher than I thought. So so tough. I am glad i read it but if you get triggered, I would not recommend this one.

When I got back I dove into Fireworks because it’s the next book in our Young Adult book group. It was a super-fast read and I am glad I read it instead of listening to it. It was eh. 

Next on my library queue was F*ck Feelings. I started listening to it but quickly moved to book format because I knew i wanted to be able to jump around and only read the sections that were interesting to me. There was nothing new in this book for me.

I then listened to Windfall for something fun. It was okay. Not as fun as I hoped it would be but not bad either.

And I ended the week with Body Love, thanks to Ali. She’s been quoting Kelly’s book for a little while now so I decided to order it on my kindle and see how I felt. I already mentioned this one in the Nourish post yesterday so I won’t add more here.

A lot of reading this week. Hunger was the most profound one.


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 – 27

I read good reviews about  Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore which was ok but not amazing. there was a bit of a twist and it wasn’t super annoying like many twists can be. So I liked it. 

I then read  You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales. I knew nothing about Sheila Nevins but apparently she’s famous so this book is read by super-famous actresses. I really enjoyed the short, simple but poignant stories.

I then tried Dear Cyborgs which was a quick read but I can’t really tell you what it’s about. It was quite weird, even for me. Meh.

I read Allegra Goodman’s Cookbook Collector for bookclub in the past so I picked up The Chalk Artist which was okay. I enjoyed bits of it but overall it wasn’t really amazing.

And I ended the week with A House Among the Trees, my first Julia Glass novel. It was okay. Not amazing but not bad either.

A bunch of not amazing reads this week. Bleh.


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