Books I Read This Week 2018 – 37

A bunch of reading this week.

Sweet Little Lies was okay. It didn’t blow me away but I was interested enough to keep going.

Where the Crawdads Sing might be my new favorite of 2018 so far. I love love loved this book.

I kept wanting to put down Inappropriation because it just didn’t feel like my type of novel but i kept going because the satire was so over the top.

Nothing Good Can Come from This was okay in some parts and meh in others. I’ve never been a drinker so maybe this is more about me and not the author.

I’d put off A Place for Us  several times so I finally tackled it and it was decidedly a meh. 

Then I picked up  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo  which I also had put off forever. It was much better than I’d expected but too long imho. 

I can’t say it was a bad week because I read one of my favorite 2018 books this week! 🙂


Books I Read this Week 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.

Books I Read This Week 2018 – 36

A bunch of reading this week.

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo was not bad but it didn’t grip me and I just don’t always have the patience for historical novels so they have to be really good for me to like them.

I knew The Shortest Way Home would be a super light and easy read and it was okay but I don’t have the patience for those either especially since I can tell you exactly how they will end at this point, having read so many many books.

I put off reading The House of Broken Angels quite a few times but I finally buckled down and read it and I am glad I did. It was interesting and funny at times, and pithy and sad at other times. 

His Favorites was a super short read and really sad for me in how matter-of-factly this terrible story was told. Because it was all how things worked I guess, but it’s still pretty sad.

The next book was going to be my 200th so I decided to read something I knew I would love. I’d read  The Tao of Pooh  many many years ago and I knew I’d love it so I spent a night rereading it.

Then I picked up Unhinged which didn’t turn out to be as badly written as I thought it would be. It wasn’t life changing or anything. I am not sad I read it but it wasn’t the very best use of my time.  

I then moved on to Snap  which is a Man Booker long listed mystery. It wasn’t awful. I like when mysteries focus on character and not just plot and this one did but it also wasn’t fantastic. 

Net net it was a so-so week. I am so looking forward to October (I know we’re just barely in September.) because it’s going to be an awesome book month. Murakami, Brene, and Lamott together in one month!


Books I Read this Week 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.

Books I Read This Week 2018 – 35

Less reading this week. 

Now My Heart Is Full was lovely and touching but not super amazing.

I didn’t like From the Corner of the Oval as much as i’d hoped i would. Too meh for me.

How to Build a Girl was even more meh for me. This book gets such great reviews so it must just be me. 

Three Things About Elsie dragged for me. It took me forever and ever to read it. I didn’t connect with it at all.

Just when I was about to give up on all books, I picked up I’m Not Missing which I swallowed up in a single day and really liked. Saved the whole week for me. 

Net net it was a meh week. Here’s to a good one!


Books I Read this Week 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.

Books I Read This Week 2018 – 34

 

 

 

 

 

I read a lot this week. It wasn’t intentional. I read four books over the weekend and then several shorter books over the week. 

Eat Cake. Be Brave was wonderful and very much recommended if that type of book is your style. 

I also really enjoyed, On Color. I read a book a long time ago on a single color and really liked it so I knew i was going to like this and it didn’t disappoint.

Notes from a Public Typewriter was  a random grab because of Stephanie Howell mentioning it on her instagram. It was a super fast read and super amazing. Touching, sweet, and just all around lovely.

Switchers was also really good, especially if you’re interested in switching careers. It was tangible, actionable and full of good information.

I liked America for Beginners which meandered a bit but then was thoughtful towards the end. 

The Bookshop was a super quick read and it’s being made into a move so I had to read it. It was…not sure how to put it. It was different. More like a short story.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work was also actionable, specific and I really liked reading it. I posted about this on my instagram that I love reading books on marriage especially when things are going well in my marriage. 

Convenience Store Woman was a super quick read and unusual and different and also like a long short story. I actually liked it.

The Incendiaries didn’t connect with me at all. It was fast so I read it but it wasn’t a good use of time for me.

Net net it was a good week. Here’s to another good one!


Books I Read this Week 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.

Books I Read This Week 2018 – 33

This was the week of super long reads. With the exception of one, all the books I read where 13+ hours of audio.

Spinning Silver was an amazing read!! I resisted reading it, I even hated the cover. It’s rare that I will pick up a fantasy but I love love loved this book.

I checked out A Conjuring of Light  from the library like eight times. I read and liked the other two books and this one was no exception. I really enjoyed this series. 

A Gentleman in Moscow was another one that I checked out a bazillion times so I am glad I finally managed to finish it. In the end I am not sure it was my cup of tea. It was funny and sweet and interesting at bits but not amazing enough to be worthwhile the time investment for me.

The Three Questions was meh. I need to read it again I think to really sit with it.

I am almost done with The Death of Mrs. Westaway and I am glad I read it. I don’t think I’ve gotten to the big twist yet since I know Ruth Ware likes them and she’s woven a windy tale. But I have about an hour left so it’s coming soon. 

Not sure what I’ll tackle next, let’s see. 


Books I Read this Week 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.

Books I Read This Week 2018 – 32

And okay array of books this week.

Ghosted was lovely and I enjoyed it but I’ve read a lot of books like this by now so it didn’t really stand out for me.

Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One, was trying to be a semi-clever way to hide advice and howto book into a novel style. I think if these ideas weren’t already content I knew, it would have been a more lovely book for me but as it was, it was okay but not whoa!

Dear Mrs. Bird was my favorite read of this week. I enjoyed the story and the characters and the writing. I understand that it might not be accurate as a historical novel but i still liked it.

Every Time You Go Away was eh. Not the best use of my time.

The Sparsholt Affair was my long read of the week. It was ok but I have to say that I just never really connected with it so I am not sure it was worth all the time I invested into it. I thought it would be like The Heart’s Invisible Furies but it’s not proving to be the case so far.

I don’t have a pile i’m super excited about at this point, so I’d love recommendations if you have any. Especially of books you loved and/or couldn’t put down.


Books I Read this Week 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.

Books I Read This Week 2018 – 31

And okay array of books this week.

Can’t Help Myself was different, interesting and enjoyable for me.

My friend Evelyn’s new book, Circle of Shadows, is not out yet but I got to read a proof and it was awesome. She’s such a talented writer.

And Ocean of Minutes was interesting premise-wide but I can’t say I absolutely loved it.

The Widower’s notebook was wonderful for me. It was sad but also wonderful.

What We were Promised was an interesting read and I really liked parts of it. It had sort of a twist/secret that I didn’t guess at all and didn’t bother me. But overall I can’t say I love love loved it either.

The Suicide Club was also okay. Another one with an interesting premise but I wasn’t super crazy about the novel itself.

Not as good a week as last week.


Books I Read this Week 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.

Books I Read This Week 2018 – 30

I thought I hadn’t read all that much this week but it turns out i read a decent amount.

Mr. Right-Swipe  was terrible. i didn’t like the characters or the plot or really anything about it. I was worried that it’s that i am too old or that I don’t like romance but then I read The Kiss Quotient which was wonderful. I loved it. So there are lovely romance books out there.

Tell the Machine Goodnight was wonderful. I really enjoyed reading it and that even though it was scifi, it was also so real and interesting. I loved the characters and the story. 

The Last Time I Lied was meh. I am so done with mystery I think.

Clock Dance was wonderful because i love Anne Tyler. Is it the best one of hers? No but i don’t care. I love her.

Left was a quick read but i loved it too. 

The Summer List was meh. I have read too many like this I think so it wasn’t all that great for me.

Here we go. A good week overall.


Books I Read this Week 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.

Books I Read This Week 2018 – 29

 

 

 

 

 

Ok so clearly I read a lot of books in 3 weeks especially since most of it was vacation.

The Chalk Man  was creepy and interesting and well written. Such a refreshing change from all the not-too-great mystery books out there lately.

I’m Just Happy to Be Here was a quick read and i will say that while I liked some of it, it wasn’t as much my cup of tea. 

Am I There Yet? was wonderful. I follow her on instagram and love her drawings.

On Turpentine Lane was mediocre. 

The Book of Essie was interesting and not too bad. i was glad to read it.

Something in the Water was actually quite contrived and in the end I didn’t like it. 

I read  Driving by Starlight  for book club. It was a book I wouldn’t have picked up and I really liked it. 

The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder was lovely and a bit slow moving in the beginning and totally worth it in the end. 

Number One Chinese Restaurant was fun and funny and interesting and I liked reading it. 

I just recently watched Love, Simon so I thought it would be fun to read Leah on the Offbeat  and I am glad i did, it was lovely to be back in that world again.

The Sun Does Shine was a tough read and some of it was slow but it was an important read for me and I am glad i did.

Bring Me Back was another mystery that was dragged out and a stupid twist that made me think why i even bothered to read it.

All We Ever Wanted was my first Emily Griffin in years and years. I really loved this one despite totally hating the last one I’d read by her.

Amateur Hour  was a good read. Some of it was so right on that it was almost painful.

The Happiness Curve was an interesting read and made me hopeful for my 50s and 60s. 

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer was different, weird and amazing. I love this author.

Unfuck Your Brain was not worth my time. I didn’t learn anything new and while I curse a lot and don’t mind it at all when others do it, much of the cursing in this book felt wildly unnecessary to me and I don’t like it when authors do it as a gimmick.

That’s where I am now. Reading book #160 which is not a great one.


Books I Read this Week 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.

Books I Read This Week 2018 – 26

Even though I was traveling, I ended up reading a lot less than I anticipated this week, mostly due to seeing a lot of family. But I did manage a few good books I’m glad I read.

I follow Megan on Instagram so I was excited to read Body Positive Power and it didn’t disappoint. I need to read this many more times before I can really digest the content and internalize it.

Every Other Weekend was a quick read that i enjoyed. 

The Ever After was not worth my time. It’s a fine book for those who like books like this but, for me, it wasn’t really worthwhile.

Wait, What? was fantastic. I had no idea what it was, so no idea what to expect. I loved it. 

There There was also fantastic. Interesting, worthwhile read. I really enjoyed it. 

The Word Is Murder was also really fun. I have not actually read any of horowitz’ novels despite wanting to many times, so I am so glad I finally read one and also super glad I loved it.


Books I Read this Week 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.

Books I Read This Week 2018 – 25

Not a lot this week. 

Mem was really really different. I am not sure if I liked it but I also didn’t dislike it.

Getting Back to Happy was great. If you read their blog, you won’t be surprised by much of the content. 

 The Glitch was fun and a fast read. A bit weird but it didn’t bother me, I enjoyed reading it.

Us Against You is the sequel to Beartown which i loved. I am a bit more distracted this time around but I still love love love these books. His writing is so simple and yet so profound. I love it.

 


Books I Read this Week 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.

Books I Read This Week 2018 – 24

I read a few super short books this week so it looks like I read a lot but it’s not that many.

Pops is a collection of essays and Michael Chabon is such a good writer that I loved reading them very much.

I enjoyed The Ensemble both more and less than I thought I would. The cover is so beautiful, too, isn’t it?

Tin Man was lovely. Painful but also wonderful.

 The Electric Woman was fascinating, well executed, a bit longer than I would have liked but I enjoyed its unusualness.

For Every One is super short. worth the read.

How to Walk Away was fun but I didn’t like it as much as I hoped I was going to. I enjoyed it. 

Assume the Worst was also super short. Funny, of course. 

Calypso was good old Sedaris, whom I love. He didn’t disappoint.

A so-so list this week. A few great ones, and some ordinary ones.


Books I Read this Week 2018 is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.