Books I Read This Week 2017 – 46

I’m a fan of Alice Hoffman and I knew I was going to like Rules of Magic and I wasn’t disappointed. She has a way with words and characters that I always find myself getting lost in her books. This one was no exception.

I am not sure what compelled me to read Reset. While I work in Silicon Valley and am no stranger to all the issues around being a woman, I am not sure Ellen Pao is my model for how to make things better. But I picked it up and started it and found myself wanting to continue. I am glad I read it but there are other people who inspire me a lot more. I especially feel inspired by a friend at work who continues to help me think differently about all of these issues and to challenge myself and the people around me and the company, too.

I then grabbed A Short History of the Girl Next Door which was a light read but not at all what it promised to be. I didn’t dislike it but I also didn’t love it.

I was looking forward to Dunbar which is the newest installment of the Shakespeare retellings. This one is on King Lear, one of the best. But alas this particular retelling didn’t speak to me. Partly because the audio was terrible and partly because I just didn’t like the plot/perspective the author took for the retelling.

I had started Almost Sisters a few months ago but never finished it. When it came up in my queue again, I decided I would finally finish it. It was okay. It was an enjoyable read. But I just want better books at the moment.

I also finally finished Grit which gave me a lot to think about around how to live my life, raise my kids and make decisions. I am still thinking about it and maybe I can find ways to incorporate it into my 2018 planning a bit.

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 – 45

I’ve liked Jennifer Egan’s previous books but I wasn’t sure about Manhattan Beach especially since Historical Fiction and I find that genre to be hit or miss for me. But I really enjoyed this book. I read it all pretty much in one shot.

Sing, Unburied, Sing however was a different story. I started and stopped it many, many times. I wanted to not finish it but then felt like I should. After many weeks, I dragged myself through it and I am sorry that I did. It was devastating.

To heal myself, I moved on to The Pema Chodron Audio Collection. She is always what I need. Again and again.

I am now almost done with The Wisdom of Sundays which is also healing, thought provoking, and really good for me.

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 – 44

I read about Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too in a blog I read where the person said it was their best read of the year. I had never heard of this author so I must be missing some context because I wasn’t crazy about it at all.

I knew I would like  The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact  and I wasn’t wrong. Great book that I want to read at least once more for practical steps I want to take.

The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish  was also very practical and I loved it. I love the idea of the perspective shift this book recommends. I will need to read it a few times.

I read Towers Falling for the 5/6th grade Lit Club I teach at my sons’ school. It was about Sept 11, which I lived through in NYC. I didn’t like the book for a multitude of reasons. It was also the first time I read a book and listened to it where the narrator was incredibly awful. Above and beyond bad.

I am now almost done with Autonomous and even though I read all of it, I can’t fully tell you what it’s about. I mean I can but not really. Not sure it was worth all the time.

Here’s to more & better 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 – 43

 

 

 

 

 

Byron Katie’s A Mind at Home with Itself is as magical as I knew it would be. If you’ve never read her, I can’t recommend her enough. If you have, I am sure you’ll read this anyway.

I wasn’t sure Unf*ck Yourself would be good. But it turned out to be useful and inspiring.

Forest Dark was okay. I read it on the plane and probably focused 70% on it but I am not sad I read it. 

I started Turtles all the Way Down on audio but being that it was John Green, I couldn’t get myself to not switch to the book so I could read faster and look at his words like I like to. So I ended up reading the whole thing in one shot. I loveloveloveloved it. Don’t take my word on it, there are some great reviews of this book and why it’s very well written and very much worth your time.

I then dabbled into The No Asshole Rule to see if it would be worth it. It was okay. It would have been more helpful if I were some CEO or even manager.

I read The Sun and Her Flowers over the course of the week in the quiet mornings and I loved it. I will say that I loved her first book more but this one was magical all on its own. Some really sensitive material in case you haven’t read her before.

I had stared Sourdough before but I finally finished it on the plane back. It was okay but not amazing.

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 – 42

Conversations with Friends sounded like a book I might not like but I decided to tackle it anyway and while I didn’t love it, I did in fact like reading it.

I read Letters from Rifka as part of the Lit Club I run in my kids’ school for 5th and 6th grade. I’d never read it before and I loved it. Wonderful book about immigration.

I wasn’t sure The Four Tendencies had anything new to teach me. I have read all of Rubin’s books and I knew about the Tendencies already. But I love love loved this book and I am so very glad I read it. I learned tangible, useful takeaways from this book!

They Both Die at the End had also been on my pile for a while. I finally got to it and I am glad I did. It wasn’t fantastic but it was a really solid read. 

I wasn’t sure about Warcross but I knew I wanted to at least give it a try. It was a quick, fast paced read. If you’re into that type of YA, it was good. Not excellent though.

I’ve been waiting to read Jane, Unlimited for months! I am a huge Kristin Cashore fan and have loved all of her books. I loved the premise of this book, too. I am about one quarter of the way in as I type this and I love it, of course.

I have some fantastic books on my pile and I cannot wait to read them all.


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 – 41

Some solid reading this week. I still have 30+ books checked out from the library and don’t really have hope of catching up to my list. But this also gives me more variety and makes me feel less pressure about finishing books I don’t like.

 Flesh and Bone and Water was really different for me. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly while bit I liked it. I am glad I read it.

I had checked out I Liked my Life from the library a while back and never read it. This time, I was in the mood for it. I knew it would be light which is sort of was but it also was sad and heavy in parts. I am not sure if there’s meant to be a twist toward the end (which i totally guessed) but it was not an important part of the plot for me. I still liked the book.

The Ninth Hour was a slog to get through. I really don’t know why I continued to read it. It made me so very sad. She’s an amazing writer, yes, but I just can’t read these types of stories anymore.

Since We Fell had also been on my pile before but I’d not managed to read it. The only other Lehane I read was Mystic River which I really loved. I am not a huge mystery fan but Lehane does an incredible job of character development and this book was no exception. I think it wasn’t as good as Mystic River but I still liked it.

New People was also one I’d checked out before and felt uncompelled to read. This time I finished it pretty quickly and actually liked bits of it mostly because it was really interesting to read about characters so wildly different than I am. I also really loved the ending. 

Nothing absolutely amazing this week but I have some great ones on my pile that I am really excited to read.


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 – 40

I am slowly catching up to the rest of my life. I am also trying to rest along the way. I have too many books checked out so I am trying to prioritize the ones I want to read over the ones that can wait.

 Dinner at the Center of the Earth was different than books I usually read. I thought of putting it down several times but didn’t. I am glad I read it to the end.

I then moved to The How of Happiness which was practical and data oriented. It’s a book i’d like to be able to go back to again and again. a book I’d like to write in the margins of. This was just my first pass.

Braving the Wilderness was at the top of my list the moment it came out and I tried to wait patiently until it was next in my queue. I read it in one breath which means I will need to read it 5-6 more times. Brene’s books are always always always full of gold.

Little Fires Everywhere was also at the very top of my list because I loved her previous book. Even though I still think that one was better, I really loved this book, too. Celeste Ng’s ability to write about people and their inner worlds and the impact of our lost dreams/pieces on others around us is really beautiful.

My pile is still 35 thick from the library so I’m slowing wading my way through it.


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 – 39

This was a very low reading week. My sister has been here so I’ve been spending my time with her instead of reading. I will catch up when she leaves.

 A Life of Adventure and Delight was a quick read but it was also a lot of sad stories.

I then moved to It’s Not Yet Dark which was even sadder.

George and Lizzie was lovely at parts, but I wasn’t a huge fan of Lizzie the whole way through. I kept at it however so I think that must mean it was okay 🙂 

I have two that I am about halfway through at this point and I have 36 books checked out from the library. Here’s to hoping I get some more done 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 – 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.