Total books read during the month: 21
Total books read during 2017: 203! Hit my goal plus three!
Favorite book read this month: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Least favorite book read this month: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Books I did not finish this month: None.
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Take a Thru-Hike by Jessica “Dixie” Mills
I’m not planning on hiking the Appalachian Trail anytime soon-although I would love to-but I love watching Dixie’s YouTube channel and I found this guide interesting and informative. It includes a lot of good information that would be beneficial even to someone who is just planning a short hike.
The Duchess of Bloomsbury by Helene Hanff
After reading 84, Charing Cross Road and Q’s Legacy last month, I had to pick this one up as well! I loved reading Helene’s thoughts about her trip to Europe, and it just made 84 that much more interesting.
All the Words Are Yours by Tyler Knott Gregson
This is the third book of Gregson’s that I’ve read, and I absolutely love all of them! This is a collection of his haikus, and the lovely, simple poems are so moving.
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
This was a novel that was found in Crichton’s papers, and published posthumously. I am a huge fan of many of his books, so I was eager to read this. I found it interesting and well written, but missing the drive and climax of most of his novels.
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
A friend recommended this book to me, and I’m glad I picked it up. It is surprisingly unpolitical, and focuses mainly on the methods behind Mastromonaco’s success. She has a ton of great tips on how to succeed in your chosen field, and interlaces it with real world experiences, many of which are highly humorous.
Mooncop by Tom Gauld
One of my goals of 2017 was to try out more graphic novels, and this was one that has been on my list! I absolutely loved this little book, and the illustrations were wonderful.
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I have enjoyed Reid’s books in the past, but I was just not feeling this one. The main character came off as whiny and ungrateful, and I could not find it in me to sympathize with her in the least. I liked the premise but the execution was lacking. I know this has been a popular read, so I’m in the minority with my opinion on this one!
Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile by Kristiana Gregory
Another reread from my growing collection of royal diaries! This one is about Cleopatra, and is one of my favorites from the series. She was such a complex and intelligent person, and this novelization of her childhood is fascinating.
The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell
The original Love Languages book is amazing, and this one is no different. I felt like the original helped me understand my husband more, but I never thought to apply the same ideas to my kids. I took away a lot of great ideas and thoughts from this book.
Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky
Another royal diaries book! I am slowly working my way through my collection, but I bumped this to the top because I remember loving it so much when I read it previously. Marie Antoinette lived such a tragic life, and so much is unknown about her true personality.
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Unfortunately, this was my least liked book of the month! I really wanted to love this book but the story lacked a lot in my opinion. I did really enjoy the beautiful and quirky illustrations that were sprinkled throughout the book, but the format did not appeal to me.
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
I really enjoyed Kaur’s first book, Milk and Honey, so I thought I would like this one-but I was blown away! The writing is beautiful and goes straight to the heart. The sections about her mother were my absolute favorite.
Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess by Carolyn Meyer
Why do I keep reading the most depressing royal diaries? I picked this one up because I had not read it before-but of course I knew how the story eventually ended. I didn’t know a lot about the background of the royal family, so it was really interesting to read this one. The main details are factual, so it was a good learning experience.
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
My favorite book this month! I read this in one sitting, as we were driving up north to visit my parents. The fact that the author died so young and tragically makes many of these stories and essays so sad to read. The talent and promise she showed in these writings makes you wonder what she could have accomplished if she had been able to pursue her dreams.
The Sky Unwashed by Irene Zabytko
This was a “blind date” book that I picked up at my local bookstore, and I had really high hopes. Unfortunately, I felt like the main characters were crass and unlikeable. Was no one in this fictional town a good person? Disappointing.
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
This is a fictionalized retelling of the wartime experiences of Pino Lella, a young Italian teenager during WWII. Although firmly against the Nazis, he ends up enlisting in the German army and working as a spy. The story is so good, and made even better because you know that the core story is true-which makes the events that occur in the book even more dramatic and sad.
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
I was on the wait list at my library for this one for ages! The story is interesting, and I enjoyed reading the story from the viewpoints of the German people who were against the war. In the end, though, I felt that the story got off tract and lost my interest. Still an enjoyable read, but not my favorite.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
WWI female spies and post WWII debutantes-gone-wrong? I was so excited to read this one! I found the story to be a bit cliche in parts, with a lot of barely believable coincidences, but it was interesting and fun.
I heard about this series from a YouTube packing video (because I am a dork and find those calming) and I read the first two books in two days. I have the third checked out right now and I am finishing it soon! If you enjoy dystopian society novels, these are great, quick reads.
Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan
If you enjoyed Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, you must read this short prequel! The story of how Mr Penumbra came to the bookstore gives the original book so much more depth.