Yay! It’s finally time to update my book list again!
Back in December I decided to start tracking what I’m reading, partly because people are always looking for something new to read and partly because I can never remember what I’ve read. 😉 It’s fun to look back and see what I’ve checked off my list, and it’s also fun to create new reading goals for myself.
Here’s what I read – again, in no particular order:
- Daddy’s Gone a Hunting
- Sharp Objects
- Mean Streak
- Rules of Civility: A Novel
- Big Little Lies
- Just Take my Heart
- Shopaholic & Baby (audiobook)
It would be impossible to pick a favorite out of this bunch – the writing styles in these books ranges everywhere from mysteries (Daddy’s Gone a Hunting; Just Take My Heart; Mean Streak) to period pieces (Rules of Civility: A Novel). The topics covered self-reflection (Wild) to dysfunctional dystopian societies (Insurgent; Gone) to bubbly, self-indulgent women (Shopaholic & Baby). Gillian Flynn’s murder mystery was creepy, moody, foul, and dark, while Liane Moriarty’s murder mystery had a much more lighthearted, feel-good vibe to it.
And, just as a side note, I wanted to re-read Insurgent before seeing the movie next weekend (which is why it appears on the last book list as well), and Shopaholic & Baby was what I listened to during my last half-marathon (the Shopaholic series is a fun read, but I’ve found that I prefer to listen to them on audiobook instead. I like the narrator’s accent 🙂 ).
I also read a few books geared for younger audiences:
Every so often Emily will read a book and repeatedly insist that I read it as well once she’s finished with it. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library was one of those books, and I was reluctant after some of her previous recommendations, but it was actually pretty fun. It’s a great book if you’re trying to get your child to break out of a “series rut,” which was what I was trying to do for Emily when I got it for her. We also finally finished The Neverending Story, which I described a bit more in this post. After that book I thought it might be good to read something more lighthearted and non-committal, so we went to the library and pulled out another favorite from my childhood: Sideways Stories from Wayside School. There were definitely quite a few giggles with that one! 😀
As I neared the end of my book list, I realized I’d better get started on building a new one – especially since I’ve developed the habit of starting a new book almost as soon as I finish one. After reading some reviews on Amazon (and taking advantage of a couple of Kindle freebies that sounded good), getting recommendations from others, and learning which authors I’m growing fond of, I’ve built my new reading list! 🙂
- What Alice Forgot
- The Dead Key
- Where the Suckers Moon: The Life and Death of an Advertising Campaign
- The Husband’s Secret
- Dark Places
- Oh Yeah, Audrey!
- Allegiant (reread)
- The Girl on the Train
I’ve also got the next books I’d like to read to Emily all lined up:
- The Phantom Tollbooth
I’m eager to attack my new list – let me know if you’ve read anything good that you think I should add to it! 🙂