Well, it’s just about the end of the summer. Sigh… I’m a little sad that I’ll be heading back to work, although to a new and exciting job (more to come on that soon!). I’m going to miss spending the days with my boys, even though there have been some days that have seemed really long. But I’ve gotten used to us being together and sharing all the moments of the day – good, bad, and everything in between. And I’m going to miss my comfy, lazy summer outfits. And I’m definitely going to miss the extra reading time I’ve gotten to enjoy this summer.
I set what felt to me like an ambitious summer reading list, given I had been at a pathetic book a month at times before now. So attempting three books a month for the summer seemed like I would setting myself up for failure. But I decided I would go for it, post it to the world here to motivate me to stay accountable to my goals, and get reading. I discovered I can check out books on my Nook from the local library, but I also discovered they don’t have the selection I wish they had. I was super excited to use a birthday gift card to Barnes and Noble. I used the “lend me” feature on my Nook for the first time to borrow a book. And I went back to the old standby – a paper book I checked out from the library. Although I think The Coach is willing to reconsider my Nook book budget because he was not a big fan of my having to keep the lamp on in the bedroom to read at night.
I am super happy to report, as I write this post, I am on my last book on my list! Here’s my summer reading list (final) update:
The Hunger Games Series. I pretty much devoured these three. I definitely liked the first two better than the third, but the series as a whole was great. And I loved the ending. I loved that the characters seemed real with their emotions, even if the story was definitely fictional. I loved the fast-paced nature of the books, although, again I thought the first two moved better than the third. Now I can’t wait to watch the movies, and do my typical, “It’s not as good as the book.” Rhinestone Jesus.I loved reading the back story of how Kristen Welch started Mercy House and what led her to those choices. A lot of the information about poverty and other countries was a bit alarming to me, and certainly made me think about the excess I am a part of. The statistic that really stuck in my mind, was the fact that being able to choose to buy that book instead of food, put me in the top 14% of the world for wealth. Wow. Really put things in perspective. The Fault in Our Stars. This was one of the books where even when I was finished, I found myself thinking about the characters. I loved the story, even though it wasn’t your typical happy-feel-good tale. The dialogue was well written and “real” and so was the story. I was intrigued by John Green as an author before reading this, and am even more so after reading my first book by him.
- Thrive. Huge Arianna Huffington fan. ‘Nuff said. **reading this now!
A Jennifer Weiner book. I switched things up a bit and read her book of short stories, The Guy Not Taken. I loved that there were some characters from her other books, like Bruce from Good in Bed. I also loved that while there were stories with completely new characters, they felt a bit like some of the characters from her other books. Josie in three of the stories, seemed very similar to Candace from Good in Bed. And all the stories had that very real feel to them that her books usually do, including characters that are so flawed you have to like them. A Jodi Picoult book. I read Plain Truth and loved it. There were parts that were heart breaking, and parts that were tough to read, and parts that made me laugh, and there was the typical Jodi Picoult twist at the end, that I had an idea might be coming, but wasn’t quite sure that would exactly be it. An Emily Giffin book. I read her latest, The One & Only. I was a little nervous to spend my gift card money on this book (I get a little stingy with my Barnes and Noble gift cards!) because the reviews were fairly mixed, and maybe more on the negative side. Many said this book was not as good as her others and there was way too much football in it. (Is there such a thing as too much football? Not in my house!) But I took a chance and was so glad I did – I loved it! My timing was perfect, reading it just before football practices got in full swing. It just made me more excited for the season to start up. Yes, there was a lot of football. But there was also a really good story line with a main character I loved. While some parts were a bit predictable, I don’t mind that in a book sometimes as it makes it a lighter read. If you hate football, skip this book; otherwise, I highly recommend it!
What have you been reading this summer? Anything I should add to my list for fall?