June 1, 2015

Books I've Read This Spring

Hello all! I thought it would be fun to check in with what books I've been reading for this hot, slow Monday. I don't know about you, but when the weather is this hot and humid, the only thing I want to do is sit somewhere with a huge glass of unsweetened iced tea or seltzer water, and just read. 

Last time I wrote one of these posts, I mentioned that I was behind on my reading goal, and I still am. I adjusted my goal slightly from 60 books to 50 books for the year, and I really don't feel bad about it. If I can read 50 books, I'll still be pretty darn proud of myself. 

So anyway, here's a look at what I've been reading this spring...

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart This was a Between the Lines selection that I read in about 1 day. It was a really fast read, and yet it was packed full of suspense and emotion. You can read my thoughts about it here.

Yes Please by Amy Pohler ★ This book was absolutely hilarious. I think it was even better because I listened to it as an audio book, and Amy Pohler reads it herself. She has great insights about her career, and being a working mom. I highly suggest it.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed 
 If you want to read a book about finding yourself, this is it. I loved that this was a true account of Cheryl Strayed's hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, and that she really doesn't spare anything from the reader. She is very honest in her account of "finding who she is."

My Story 
by Elizabeth Smart 
 I remember when Elizabeth Smart was abducted, and so when I heard that Bon's book club was reading this, I was very interested. I didn't read it in time to participate, but I thought the book was interesting. I also listened to this on audio book, and probably shouldn't have. Elizabeth Smart narrated it, and it was very awkward. While I wholly respect her for telling her story, (she is incredibly brave for doing so), I think that she could have benefited from a little bit more coaching before recording. Her point and her story would have come across much stronger.

The Secret Daughter of the Tsar by Jennifer Laam ★ I picked this up from goodwill for 50¢, and read this in about two days. It was a really quick, fun read (which I feel like I need, I've been reading a lot of heavy stuff!), and also my favorite genre- historical fiction. I don't know much about the Russian Empire, but that always interests me, because the Russian Royal family seems so mysterious. Maybe it is because of the Disney movie Anastasia...

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
by George R.R. Martin 
★ The third book in the 'Game of Thrones' series. I didn't like this one as much as the first two. I felt like this one kind of dragged. And honestly now that I'm on the fourth one, I feel the same about that one too. But OMG the stuff that happened in this one!!!

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple 
★ Another Between the Lines choice. I liked how this was set up, even if it was a little hard to get used to at first. The story was cute, and I liked the characters. Read my thoughts here

Orphan Train 
by Christina Baker Kline 
★ LOVED this. This was suggested to me by my grandma (Hi Nonie!!), and it was great. About a piece of American history that I never knew about! I got very attached to Vivian, and I felt like I was experiencing parts of the story with her. This is coming up later this year in the Between the Lines link up. 

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty ★ I just finished this last week, and will be discussing it later in June. I loved the idea that everyone has secrets, and that people's lives are all intertwined. SO good. 

Right now I'm reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, and then I'm in desperate need of some light reading. I feel like I've been reading some pretty heavy (although very good) stuff, but my brain needs a break! 

Do you have any suggestions? What have you been reading lately?


  1. I LOVED The Husband's Secret and Yes Please. Great picks!

  2. The only one I've read so far is The Husband's Secret. My SIL and mom were both reading it on vacation last week. It's so good!!

  3. Really good! She's got another book out too, Big Little Lies that is supposed to be good.

  4. Ok we read like all the same books lol. I will say I'm a huge GoT fan and while it does "drag" it's more about the maneuvering and subtlety not necessarily; the outright action. But it's not for everyone. All great picks!

  5. I need to download Yes, Please! I just ordered The Husband's Secret, can't wait to get into it.

  6. I am SO behind in reading but am interested in your picks! I just started Audible because I don't have a ton of time to sit down and read... Hoping to find some of these on there!

  7. I think part of the reason I think that it's dragging is because I'm listening to it as an audiobook. So it is 40 something hours, and that just seems like forever. I do love it, it's just a lot.

  8. So good. I highly recommend the audio book if you do that.

  9. For real, that will change your life. I do a lot when I'm in the car, and when I'm sitting doing other things (like right now). I find that my type A brain can multitask in the same way that I would if I was watching TV or listening to music.


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