Total books read during the month: 23 (outwardly impressive, but I read several shorter books this month)
Total books read during 2017: 182, 18 left to goal!
Least favorite book read this month: A Hundred Pieces of Me
Books I did not finish this month: The Actor and the Housewife
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A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon
I was really disappointed in this one. I was really excited after reading the summary, and I was really let down. Definitely not my type of book, but the writing was pretty solid and the characters well developed-I just didn’t care for it. I found the main character unlikable and the conclusion left me frustrated.
The Starbucks Experience by Joseph A Michelli
A really cool behind the scenes look into the principles of Starbucks the company. This book is a few years old, so I do think some things have changed-I’d love to see the differences between then and now.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This is a little outside my norm for books I usually pick, but I loved it! I have been hearing about it ever since it came out, and the story sucked me in right away. I ended up reading the entire thing in one sitting.
These are a series of short stories that add a little extra background to the Wrath and the Dawn. The Moth and the Flame was my favorite of the three, but they all provide a bit of a different perspective to the story. Free on Amazon, and definitely worth reading!
I’d Rather Be Reading by Guinevere De La Mare
Such a cute little book! Filled with gorgeous photos (of books, of course) and lovely essays, a throughly enjoyable book.
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
An octopus is such an interesting creature, and this book goes into detail about just what they are capable of. If you’ve ever been fascinated by the stories of an octopus that could unscrew jars or climb out of their tanks, you will love the first hand experiences of the author as she interacts with different octopi.
New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood
Poignant and moving modern poetry. To go along with reading the book, look up Olivia Gatwood and listen to some of her readings of her poetry.
A series of three novellas that make up a longish novel. I loved part one, was confused for part two, and then ended up disappointed at part three. This is my second Colleen Hoover work and I liked it a lot better than the first, but I am still not sure I get the appeal.
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
One of my favorites this month! For some reason, I had been thinking that this was a novel-when I realized it was a nonfiction collection of letters, I was even more excited to read it! I love the sassy, humorous tone in Helene’s letters, and the way the relationship grows over the years is wonderful.
(these books were provided to me through the Kid Lit Exchange-all opinions are 100% my own and I only sign up for books I’m excited to review!)
These books are adorable! They are told in a graphic novel format, so the story is easy to read for younger or struggling readers, but still engaging for an older child-or an adult! I loved them myself and they were fun to read with my kids. I ordered three more of Ben Hatke’s books with a similar format, so I’m hoping those are just as good.
How She Does It by Anne Bogel
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I have followed Anne’s blog for years and I always like reading her writing, and this ebook has some helpful tips! I don’t feel like it was terribly original, but I did enjoy all the first hand accounts.
Victoria, May Blossom of Britannia by Anna Kirwan
I collect these diaries, both the royal and regular ones, and I love finding one I haven’t read in the past! The fictionalized background of Queen Victoria was a joy to read. I’m stockpiling these diaries for my kids to read in the future.
Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman
This is an old favorite of mine! I received this book first as a high school graduation present from a dear friend of mine, and loved it as soon as I read it. Six moves later, I have lost the original gifted book and decided to replace it with another copy. Rereading it now for the first time in probably ten years, I loved it every bit as much as I did the first time around. If you have never had the opportunity to pick up this lovely book, try it immediately.
The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
I’ve never been disappointed by a Pam Jenoff book! Her writing is engaging and I love she weaves in subtle twists so you aren’t able to guess the outcome of the story.
Minimalism by Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus
Perhaps it’s because I have read so much on the topic of minimalism, but I could not get into this book. The writing is good and the subject is good, but I felt like there wasn’t a lot of new material here.
One Hundred Proposals by Holly Martin
A cute book! I don’t normally go for romances, but this was a fun one. A little cliched, but enjoyable to read. Only $.99 on Amazon for the Kindle version!
Q’s Legacy by Helene Hanff
I loved reading this as a followup to 84, Charing Cross Road! It gave so much background information on the writing of the book and her life after it came out. A wonderful companion read.
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
Twisty and creepy! The story jumps back and forth between perspectives, but it’s easy to follow. I started this in the evening one day and I had a hard time sleeping! It will definitely keep you guessing right until the end.