What I have been reading…

If you are still looking for some summer reading, here are a few I have read. The ones in green  are my most recommended. Happy reading!

Prep – By Curtis Sittenfeld I have read other books by her (yes her) and this was not one of her better ones. I was long and some of the characters got a little irritating at times. If you have choice I would choose another book by her.
The Underground Railroad -Colson Whitehead If you like historical fiction then I would recommend this book. It’s not a light read, some of the slave situations get pretty graphic. It’s not really a summer read
Dancing with the Tiger -Lili Wright This one had a slow start but the suspense picks up and it turned out to be a pretty good book.
Girls in White Dresses – Jennifer Close If you are looking for a good chick lit book then this is your book. I have read other books by her and I am a fan.
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology – Leah Remini I got sucked into the A&E TV documentary featuring Remini so I had to read her book. It’s a simple read and a little maddening at how scientology is screwing over people left and right. If you looking for a celebrity gossip read I recommend this one, just be warned you might end up a little angry like me.
All By Myself, Alone -Marry Higgins Clark  Mary Higgins Clark has been one of my favorite authors since I was in high school. I forget how I came across one of her books but I have always been a fan. She writes suspense and all her books have a twist at the end. Always a good option and she has a ton to choose from, so start with this one and you will see.
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided – Diane Guerrero Are you an Orange is the New Black fan? Diane Guerrero plays Maritza Ramos- google her name when you see her picture you will know her. I could not believe all that she has gone through – family deported, depression and being told she wasn’t pretty enough for acting. A good read!
Before You Leap Keith Hougton This was a twisted suspense thriller. There was a big twist I didn’t see coming.  A good read, I would recommend.
Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time -Greg Mortensen I thought this was going to be an uplifting read about Greg’s journey to build schools in Iran. Ugh this was a story of every detail of his life from when he almost died as a hiker and his journey to build schools. It’s an interesting story and he is doing great work but the book was just not that great. I would google him and read his Wikipedia page as opposed to reading the book.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things – Bryn Greenwood This is another dark story and one that left me not really sure how I felt at the end. The characters were interesting but hard to relate to- an interesting read for sure.
Soulmates -Jessica Grose This was a really good book until the last chapter then it just became garbage. The main character just takes this turn and all I wanted to do was punch her in the face.
Silver Sparrow – Tayari Jones Great Book! I have added all the rest of her books to my To Read list. This was an interesting story. I kept things I had figured how the story would end up but then it changed course. This is a suspenseful read but one where you get invested in the lives of many of the characters as they intersect.
The Wonder – Emma Donoghue In all the reading I have done this summer this would be my pick for worst one yet. Which looking back shouldn’t have surprised me since she wrote Room and I didn’t like that book either. The story just dragged and the characters were too whiny for me.
Nutshell – Ian McEwan  I had high hopes for this one and in the end I just didn’t like this book. The characters are just awful people which made it hard to read. Not one of my favorites but a quick read.
In a Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware I really enjoyed this one! I listened to it has an audio book. It’s set in England and the narrator had an English accent which made it even more perfect. It keeps you guessing to the end.
All the Missing Girls – Megan Miranda This was a dark book, it was suspenseful but the story was pretty heavy and didn’t really have a happy ending or bright spots. A good read but I just felt like a dark cloud was over me while I read it.
Queenpin Megan Abbott  I have read several of Megan’s books and really enjoyed them. This one was a little off the rails for me. It was a good story but I like her later stuff better.

The other r in my life

I am a runner, as I am sure you are overly aware. Sorry, if you don’t post about running your miles don’t count..right??? I know you might be sick of seeing so many running posts but they are stopping anytime soon. However, I do have other interests! One of them is reading.

There is nothing better than curling up with a good book and by book I mean something physical with pages you turn, none of this e-book stuff. I have said it many times before but I prefer an old school book than any e-book. I love the feel of turning the pages and taking in the smell of the book.

I challenged myself to read 35 books this year (and I already hit that goal, yay me). Here is the first half of what I have read (or listened to as an audio book) in case you are looking for your next read. You can also friend me on Goodreads to keep track of all my reading adventures.

  1. A Gentleman in Moscow– My first book of 2017 and so far my favorite. Highly recommend. You should read this book!
  2. Our Revolution: A Future to Believe in- This is the book Bernie Sanders wrote after the 2016 presidential campaign. It was fun to read but it made my heart ache that he didn’t win. I think our country would have truly benefited from his leadership.
  3. Superficial: More Adventures from The Andy Cohen Diaries- I am a sucker for behind the scenes looks of celebrities so this was a must . Plus he is from STL baby!
  4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay- duh! Harry Potter fan that I am, this was another a must. It’s a super quick read. I still haven’t seen the movie, I am not a fan of Eddie Redmayne.
  5. Scrappy Little Nobody- (vacation book 1)This is Anna Kendrick’s book. I listened to this one. She reads the book, I love it when the celebrity author reads their book. I enjoyed it, she has a great sense of humor – and she gives out a shout to pumpkin lovers!
  6. Behind the Scenes at the Museum- I had high hopes for this one but it was a bit of let down. Not the intriguing story the book jacket portrays.
  7. The Lola Papers: Marathons, Misadventures, and How I Became a Serious Runner- (Vacation book 2) If your a runner you will enjoy this book, it’s down to earth and I got a kick out of her running stories. I like that she has it all in there – the good and the bad.

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8. Fangirl- (vacation book 3)This is from author Rainbow Rowell, I have read several of her books and really enjoyed them.  You should check out her books. As you can tell I read this on vacation as well. The photo also highlights my library card. The library wants you to show the places you take your card.
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9. Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (The Austen Project, #4) – (vacation book 4). This was a fun read and as a result I have added many of her other books to my “to read” list. Plus she now lives in St. Louis!

10. Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy- Another chance at getting in some celebrity gossip but also to see how comedy has changed over the years. This book is made up of a collection of interviews Judd did with comedians when he was a teenager and as an adult. A little long for me but I still enjoyed it.

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11. Dare Me-  I listened to this as an audio book. It was first Megan Abbott book and I have since added her other books to my “to read” list. This a thriller and keeps you guessing to the end.

12. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs.  While I am not looking to start my own company I love reading about women who have succeeded in turning their passions into thriving businesses. This was an inspiring book!

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13. Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker- This is a work of historical fiction. I really enjoyed this book, it didn’t feel like a history lesson. The story followed and kept me interested.

14.  The Hopefuls- I liked this book, I wish it would have ended a little differently but I would recommend this as a good summer read.

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15. The End of Everything- (listened as audio book)Another book by Megan Abbott. A thriller but at times I felt it dragged a little. The ending was a little anti-climatic. Not my favorite but  a good listen while in traffic every morning.

16. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry- This book took me a little while to get into. Interwoven into the story is the fantasy story the little girls creates with her grandmother and it sometimes I found it irritating.

17. A  Game For All The Family- (listened as audio book).   A suspense thriller. As the story goes on it felt a little corny.

18. The Sudden Appearance of Hope- I had high hopes for this book but it ended up being a dud. The ending very blah and I couldn’t connect with the main character. I would skip this read.

Some winners, some losers. Stay tuned for more of what I have been reading.

~E