Mrs. Ram’s Jams Reading List for May, June, and (the First Half) of July

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been on the go. Last week my family and I vacationed in San Antonio, and now Little Thing and I are visiting family in Illinois through next week.

If I had been smart, I would have written blogs to post prior to gallivanting across the country, but of course I didn’t. Mild writing panic has plagued me the past couple of weeks, so to make myself feel better and to make myself more hysterical about not writing, I read, voraciously.

Not to mention, a “What I’ve Read” post is much overdue.  

Here’s what I’ve read since May:

  • Force of Nature (Aaron Faulk, #2)–Jane Harper–It wasn’t as good as The Dry. I don’t know if I’ll continue with the rest of the series.  
  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo–Amy Schumer
  • Uprooted–Naomi Novik–If you love fantasy, read this book. I actually want to reread it, and I haven’t said that of a book in a long time.
  • The Essex Serpent–Sarah Perry
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life–Mark Manson–I’m not a huge self-help book fan, but Manson gives a fresh take on several important ideas to keep in mind about life. I loved what he discussed in regards to certainty.  
  • Home Fire–Kamila Shamsie–This is a gorgeous modern-day retelling of Antigone. It’s a bit uneven in places, but a solid four out of five stars.
  • Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1)–Pierce Brown–Science fiction awesomeness.  
  • Good Omens–Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
  • A Brief History of Time–Stephen Hawking–Fascinating and surprisingly easy to read.  Did parts of it go way over my head? Yes, but who cares?
  • Golden Son (Red Rising Saga #2)–Pierce Brown
  • The Wife Between Us–Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen–Decent, but it does that whole unreliable/woman/alcoholic narrator thing, which I’m over at this point.  
  • Tiger Lily–Jodi Lynn Anderson
  • The Great Alone–Kristin Hannah–AMAZING!  
  • Love Hate & Other Filters–Samira Ahmed
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Magic Cleaning #1)–Marie Kondo–My house looks phenomenal thanks to this book.  
  • Legendary (Caraval #2)–Stephanie Garber
  • Austenland (Austenland #1)–Shannon Hale–This is the second worst thing I’ve read all year.  
  • The Ghost Writer–Philip Roth
  • Fair Shot:  Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn–Chris Hughes
  • Tell Me More:  Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say–Kelly Corrigan–Corrigan’s voice is funny, poignant, and endearing. She’s a treasure. I’ll be reading more of her in the future.  
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)–Cassandra Clare–My students have been talking about this series for years, so I finally caved. It’s a solid YAL read, but Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows series, written loosely in the same vein, is much better.
  • Draft No. 4:  On the Writing Process–John McPhee
  • Mrs.–Caitlin Macy–This is the worst thing I’ve read to completion in years. The book blurbs ridiculously overhyped this book.  
  • The Element of Style (Elements of Composition Series)–William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White
  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)–Cassandra Clare
  • Marlena–Julie Buntin
  • Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1)–Jason Matthews–Way too long and slow, but totally entertaining. Who doesn’t love a good Russian spy story?  
  • You Are a Badass:  How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life–Jen Sincero–I was okay with this book until I got to Sincero’s misguided and dangerous rhetoric about depression.  
  • City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)–Cassandra Clare

As always, any discussion is welcome, and of course I’d love your recommendations.  



2 thoughts on “Mrs. Ram’s Jams Reading List for May, June, and (the First Half) of July

  1. Busy times indeed – don’t worry about the blogging, just focus on enjoying your time & reading to your heart’s content, too. That’s a long list! I came across that Amy Schumer book and was curious as to how she’d translate from the TV; how’d you rate it? I loved the Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, it’s a breath of fresh air! As for me at the moment, I’m just finishing up Before Evil by Alex Kava (recommend), then it’s on to The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz (definitely looking forward to). Safe travels and have a wonderful time in Illinois next week!
    Caz xx

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    1. Quite honestly, Schumer’s book was funny in places. I hope you’re recovering from your surgery well. I tried to comment on your last post prior to your surgery. and it didn’t let me. Silly technology!

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