I had a goal of reading three books this summer. Kind of a lame goal, if you’re an avid reader. I used to be an avid reader – and somewhere along the way I stopped and only picked up the occasional book.
This summer, though, I have been on. a. roll. And I’m finding (and adding) more books to read. It’s been fun! So. What have I been reading?
The Fault in Our Stars – I actually really enjoyed this book. It was somewhat predictable (I knew it was going to be sad), but it was good. My husband read it forever ago and we want to see the movie. So I knocked the book out in a couple of nights. It definitely feeds into young adults (it’s a YA novel), and I didn’t get as sad as many people have said it left them. Maybe because I was expecting something sad to happen? (Or I’m heartless. Your pick.)
Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! – I was not disappointed. I have a few books that I’d label as self-help kind of books – they’re on my Amazon wish list. This one, I didn’t even hesitate in ordering. (I don’t think it ever ended up on the wish list, it just went straight into my cart.) I’ve realized so much about myself and my technology habits since reading this book. I wish I’d read it sooner. Even if you aren’t a mom (or a dad), I so many people could benefit from this book. (Hint: Put your phone down for 10 minutes. And have a real conversation with someone. Enjoy the moment.)
Tempting Fate – I love Jane Green. I’ve loved almost every single one of her books. I liked this one, but I felt so uncomfortable reading the decisions the main character was making. I really liked the ending, but I don’t know how often I’ll be re-reading this book. (Her book Straight Talk is one I highly recommend and I read that one over and over.) I’m not a fan of feeling uncomfortable when reading a book and I wanted to slap the main character a few times early on.
Currently reading: The One & Only: A Novel by Emily Giffin. Emily Giffin is another favorite author of mine. In fact, I re-read Something Blue this weekend. I’m about 30% way into this book. I like it, but I don’t love it, and I’m annoyed by SO MUCH talk of football. I’ve read reviews of this book on Amazon and I don’t think I’m going to love this book when I finish it. It’s another one of those uncomfortable situations and I just don’t like that. That said, I’ll finish it – I’ll probably finish it by this weekend at the rate I’m going.
What book should I read next? Do you have a favorite author? I’m obviously a fan of chick lit. I have no shame.
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