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.