September 10, 2014


Remember when I had this really long, ambitious list of books that I wanted to read this summer? Yeah, that didn't happen. I'm not sure that making a reading list actually helps me. When I'm looking for books to read, I don't look at the list at all.

An alternate title for this post could be "Books I actually read this summer"

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
I got this through audible and listened to it while I drove around on work errands. It was recommended to me because I read The Aviator's Wife earlier. Honestly, this was very predictable and a little bit boring. I liked that it was historical fiction, and that I learned a lot about Ernest and Hadley Hemmingway, but once the story started, I could totally tell you where it was going to go. Nothing special here.

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
 I also listened to this on audio book, and that was what totally made this. The reader did the dialogue and Mia's internal monologues in an amazing way. They used cello music for drama, and it turned into a great mixed-media type of audio book. This is also a very emotional plot, and I almost cried while driving at some parts.

I initially chose it because it was cheap and the movie is coming out soon. I'm not sure if I'll see the movie in theaters, but I'll probably see it when it comes out on video.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I listened to this on a trip back and forth from Norfolk to Rochester. It is super long, and super great. If you are looking for something to read, I totally recommend this. It isn't light by any means. I almost thought that this could be broken up into two separate books because there was just so much there.

This is a very psychological story. It deals with drugs, abuse and art. It is extremely deep and sometimes action packed. Here is a great article about why you should read it.

I absolutely fell in love with Hobie. I thought that he was one of the best characters.

Crazy, Sexy Diet by Chris Carr
I read this because I've been having some problems with my digestion. It was really informative about diet, exercise and general wellness. I thought I was eating pretty well before, but there is so much more I can be doing to eat naturally.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
This is a book by the same author that wrote The Kite Runner, which I also loved. It takes place over about 50 years, with the main characters of Miriam and Laila. The story centers around the women and their marriage to a tyrant of a husband in Afghanistan. This book is sort of a mother-daughter story between the two women, where as Kite Runner is a father-son story.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I listened to this with the intention of seeing the movie in theaters. By the time I was done listening, the movie wasn't in theaters any more. John Green has an amazing way of writing dialogue. He is also so descriptive, that you can clearly imagine the scenes. Maybe that is because he is writing for teenagers. I honestly don't care though. If you are reading this book, you have to love Gus and Hazel.

I also shed many a tear when I was running while listening to this. Cars seriously stopped to see if I was alright.

Does anyone use the app Goodreads? I swear by it to keep track of the books I read! Read my thoughts about it here.


  1. Did you know about a monthly What's on My Nightstand link-up? It's the 4th Tuesday of each month. Lots of fun, and small enough to get to know others.

    1. Thanks Annette! I am always looking for a good link up. Marking it in my calendar now!

  2. I love Goodreads!

    The Goldfinch is still on my to-read. I didn't get to it yet.

    But I love Khaled Hosseini. You should definitely consider his other book if you enjoyed The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

    The Paris Wife is a to-read for me, too!

    1. I think Goodreads is the best way to keep track of things that I've read. I used to find myself picking stuff up at the library that looked good, only to find that I'd already read it....

      I am definitely going to check out the other book by Khaled Hosseini!!

  3. What an interesting selection. I don't read as often as I would like. Too many distractions. :)

    1. Thanks! Audiobooks have really made all the difference for me. I listen whenever I am driving around, and I find that I am able to "read" a lot more.

  4. I have been out of the loop on reading... I just find I don't have the time right now between caring for my father, 2 young ones, a husband, dog & a basement full of furniture to be refinished. :( One day again!!

    1. You should really check out audiobooks. I listen while driving!


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