Well, this is just getting embarrassing.
I read 21 books in the first quarter, and thought that was pretty sad. Suddenly, compared to the 14 this quarter, it's actually looking pretty impressive.
On the other hand, I finally made a real grocery shopping trip yesterday for the first time in three weeks, so I'll take my successes where I can get them.
- The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups by Leonard Sax (full review here) This was a great way to kick off the quarter. If only I hadn't lost all my momentum. . . .
- Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt This was surprisingly good. My late-night grocery store run went really long so I could listen to a little more.
- Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos I'd never read anything by de los Santos before, and I quite enjoyed this one. This is reminding me to request another one.
- Why We Work by Barry Schwartz I took my life into my hands by listening to this one during a long solo roadtrip - just about put me to sleep. I kept having to turn it off and listen to podcasts instead.
- The Late Lamented Molly Marx by Sally Koslow Someone said you should read this book if you are a fan of What Alice Forgot, and I am a HUGE fan of What Alice Forgot, so I requested it from the library immediately. And it was deeply mediocre. I should have re-read What Alice Forgot for the third time instead.
- So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson This was one of the books Modern Mrs. Darcy recommended for me when I was on her podcast, and I loved the first part, but it kind of spiraled down quickly for me - it was so depressing and some of the parts (like the filming in a porn studio) just made me feel gross, even if they weren't particularly graphic.
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (full review here) After I read this one, I went and requested every other WWII historical fiction book topping the charts right now (okay, two. Lilac Girls and Secrets of a Charmed Life).
- Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley (full review here) One of the more fun chick-lit books I've read in a while. Perfect summer read.
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman This book is WILDLY popular, and I liked it, but it took me forever to warm up to Ove (which probably is the point), and I really didn't start enjoying it until the last quarter or so.
- The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas I heard this compared to Harry Potter, and while it's certainly no Harry Potter, it was a fun book and Bart and I both enjoyed listening to it.
- Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave This is the third Laura Dave book I've read (I also read London is the Best City in America and The First Husband) and this was by far the best.
- With Malice by Eileen Cook (full review here) Sometimes, you just need a good YA mystery in your life.
- The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke I saw this recommended on Modern Mrs. Darcy's summer reading list, and it was pretty silly. Fun, but silly.
- Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke You guys, why did I even read this? I thought their other book was fairly goofy and then this one was worse!
Anyone have anything great they've read so far this year? I accept any and all suggestions with gratitude.