Anna’s September Reading Wrap up

Anna: It’s the end of September! The leaves are officially starting to change, and it was cool enough today to break out my boots! It’s supposed to be 90 degrees on Wednesday, but I’m still embracing fall to its fullest! Here’s what I read this month:

5 stars:

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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4 stars:

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

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Bloomland by John Enlehardt

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3.5 stars

California by Edan Lepucki 

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3 stars:

Eden by Andrea Kleine

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The take away from this month’s wrap up is that if you haven’t read The Glass Castle, you need to. There will be a review coming soon! What did you read this month?

Starting my Harry Potter re-read

Anna: Around this time of year I get an itch to read Harry Potter. This fall I’m finally going to try to re-read the series from book one!

I used to re-read these books all the time but I haven’t since college. I love the book community, but especially since I work in publishing there’s pressure to read as many new releases as possible. Sometimes you have to go back to old favorites! I can’t wait to re-read the series that sparked my love for reading. I’ll keep you updated along the way!

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Secondhand Books

Alexis: Here’s a stack of some of my secondhand books! 

To be honest, most of my books are secondhand, unless I really, really want to read a book that was just released. 

I actually picked up The Little Paris Bookshop today (more on that tomorrow 😉) from a used bookstore. I adored George’s The Book of Dreams, so I can’t wait to read this one. 

When I was visiting my boyfriend in Texas, I picked up A Court of Thorns and Roses and Airborn at different used bookstores. 

And last but not least, Great Expectations and Bel Canto were passed down to me from my mom. My copy of Great Expectations is actually my mom’s from her time in high school, which is pretty cool!

Currently reading: Late Summer

Anna: Happy Monday from my two current reads!

I’m finally getting to the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicles series. I’m 300 pages in and completely swept up once again into Kvothe’s story! I’m finding that it mimics the first book maybe a little too closely so far, but I’m excited to see the direction it goes. Will Patrick Rothfuss ever finish the third book?

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I’m also loving We Are Okay, a novel that’s deep, character-driven, and introspective in a way that YA novels sometimes aren’t. I’m finding the slow pacing  a great contrast to an action-packed fantasy.

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Good Omens: The TV Show

Alexis: I might have just finished watching the Good Omens show, only six days after I finished reading the book, but hey. It’s only six episodes!

I knew I was going to love this show and I was right! Neil Gaiman actually wrote the show, so he did a fantastic job. So many of the lines are straight from the book. And I actually loved any of the changes that were made; they actually enhanced the story.

I highly recommend watching it! David Tennant and Michael Sheen do an amazing job.

How Many Books is Too Many Books?

Anna: How many books do you read at once? I’m always going between two or three–one audiobook and one or two physical books!

Though I prefer physical books, audiobooks are an easy and enjoyable way for me to read while I’m at work, working out, or doing chores. I often listen to crime fiction, nonfiction, and long books that I find difficult to read in their physical form. I’m actually listening to a fiction book now, though, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray.

At home I’m currently switching between a memoir, My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul, and Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, which I’ve almost finished and I’m loving!

Check out what I’m currently reading:
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What I read in July

Anna: July was a crazy month for me! Work was super busy, but I also took a mini-vacation to the beach! My wedding is only three months away now and it’s starting to feel so real!

Reading always helps me stay calm when there’s so much going on in my life. I also read a wonderful mix of genres this month!

5 stars:

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

4 stars:

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Hunger by Roxanne Gay

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Severance by Ling Ma

3 stars:

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (not pictured)

The Dry by Jane Harper

What were your July highlights, reading wise or otherwise?

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Choosing a Book to Read Tomorrow

Alexis: Hi, everyone!

I’m trying to choose between these three books to read tomorrow. I’m just not sure what I’m in the mood for.

If anyone’s wondering, I’m thankful that Anna left most of the books she accumulated while living in NYC at home, so I have a lot of books to choose from!

I hope you all have had a great and productive Monday. Goodnight!

Alexis’ July Tbr List

Alexis: Here’s my tbr list for July! 

  1. Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
  2. The Editor by Steven Rowley
  3. Clock Dance by Anne Taylor
  4. The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister 

I found Grim Lovelies and Clock Dance for 1/2 price from a book exchange in VA Beach. 

June Reads

Anna: It’s officially key lime pie season! Here are just a couple books I read in June– I don’t have a whole stack to show this month because a lot of my copies were due back to the library, but here’s my full wrap up: 

4 stars:

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

My Sister, the Serial by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Columbine by Dave Cullen

The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close 

 

3 stars:

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

No Exit by Taylor Adams

What did you read this month? I’ve had a great weekend so far lounging and reading by the pool, which I plan on doing more of this afternoon!