My Week in Books (9/12/19)

(#partner #freebooks: All books noted by asterisks (***) indicate I received the book for free from the publisher, the author, or another promotional company to review. All opinions are my own.)

So Colorado is still confused about the kind of weather we’re supposed to be having now that it’s September. But either way, I’m ready for fall – leaves falling, football games (did you see that amazing game between CU and Nebraska!?!? #gobuffs), and Pumpkin Spice Lattes (or, humbly, #PSL). If you’re like me, you don’t really prefer the overly sweet drinks you buy from coffee shops, try this little trick I’m loving lately:

  • Put a small amount of pumpkin spice in with your coffee grounds, brew as normal, and enjoy!

A PSL at home without the sweetness or calories! Yum!

We’re over halfway through The Goldfinch buddy read (#HWRgoldfinch).  We won’t be totally finished by the movie’s premiere on Friday (September 13), but there won’t be much more to read…I cannot wait to see the movie adaptation! Please let me know if you’d like to join us (@happiestwhenreading)!

Anyway, on to books! What have you been reading (and loving) this week?

Last Week’s Reads:

Screen Shot 2019-09-10 at 11.43.55 AM*** Inland by: Téa Obreht (Random House) – Pub Date: August 13, 2019

So, so sad to say this book was not my favorite. I was totally interested in the time period and the synopsis, but I found the writing long and slow, tedious and boring. I thought about DNFing it, but I kept thinking it would be a slow burn, eventually turning a corner and coming together. Sadly, for me, it did not.

Red, White, & Royal Blue by: Casey McQuiston (St. Martin’s Griffin) – Pub Date: May 14, 2019

I mean, c’mon…have you heard a negative review about this one? I got sucked into the hype and I’m glad I did…this book is so good! I loved the political angle that included the United State’s First Family as well as the British Royal Family. Through Alex and Henry’s love story, we see the world united IN LOVE and I’M HERE FOR IT! 🇺🇸 ❤️💙🇬🇧 For a genre I always shy away from (#romance), the books in this category are killing it this year! (I also really enjoyed The Flatshare and Waiting For Tom Hanks.)

*** Red at the Bone by: Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead) – Pub Date: September 17, 2019

I switched between reading this one and listening to it. As Melody’s family prepares for her coming-of-age celebration, they reminisce on the decisions and events that got them to the present day. We hear from Melody’s grandma, grandpa, mother, and father, and through their own voices, we learn a lot more about each of them, individually and collectively. I loved Woodson’s writing and and I loved the individual voices that contributed to the whole picture. It’s a short novel (just over 200 pages), but the amount of ground Woodson covers in those pages is astounding. Add this one to your fall reading list; it’s sure to be a big hit!

Currently Reading:Screen Shot 2019-09-11 at 10.25.36 AM*** The Goldfinch by: Donna Tartt (Little Brown) – Pub Date: October 22, 2013

I’m still plugging along on The Goldfinch for our buddy read (#HWRgoldfinch), and the story is picking back up! I just finished Chapter 10 and can’t wait for the movie to come out this week (September 13). If you want to get in on the buddy read, find me on Instagram (@happiestwhenreading) You can also find the discussions we’ve had so far here:, Chapters 1-3, Chapters 4Chapters 5-6, and Chapters 7-9! Please jump into the conversation!

The Most Fun We Ever Had by: Claire Lombardo (Doubleday) – Pub Date: June 25, 2019

Only 30 pages in, but so far I’m here for this dysfunctional family drama. I’ve seen mixed reviews, so I’m really hoping I fall on the love side!

*** The World That We Knew by: Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster) – Pub Date: September 24, 2019

I picked this one up thinking I would read it in the school pickup line, but I am hooked. I love how Alice Hoffman always incorporates a bit of magic into her books, and this might be my favorite incorporation yet! Set in WWII, I can’t wait to continue on with this one.

Disappearing Earth by: Julia Phillips (Knopf) – Pub Date: May 14, 2019

This is my pick for my monthly read along (#HWRbooks). I’m not far enough along to form any sort of opinion yet because I have to read the week’s selection right before I host the discussion for it so I don’t forget things. I’ve only heard great things about this book and I’m so excited to finally read it for myself!

 

DNF (aka: Not For Me):

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*** On the Corner of Love and Hate by: Nina Bocci (Gallery) – August 20, 2019

I actually haven’t picked this one back up from last week. After reading and enjoying Red, White, & Royal Blue so much (see above), I just couldn’t get into this one. (DNF @ 14%.)

I Like To Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by: Emily Nussbaum (Random House) – Pub Date: June 25, 2019

Honestly, I’m not a huge TV watcher, so I think some of these essays went over my head. The writing is good (I especially loved the essay ‘Confessions of the Human Shield” about the #metoo movement), but I’m not sure I’m getting the full effect. (DNF @ 47%.)

 

 

My Week in Books (9/4/19)

(#partner #freebooks: All books noted by asterisks (***) indicate I received the book for free from the publisher, the author, or another promotional company to review. All opinions are my own.)

It was 98 degrees on Monday. Those temperatures are not unusual around here…IN JULY! But it’s September, Colorado! Get it together! I’m ready for leaves falling from the trees, chilly mornings, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year…what’s yours?

We’re about halfway through on our  Goldfinch buddy read (#HWRgoldfinch).  We won’t be totally finished by the movie’s premiere on September 13, but there won’t be much more to read…I bet a lot of us will finish it up in anticipation! Please let me know if you’d like to join us (@happiestwhenreading)!

Anyway, on to books! What have you been reading (and loving) this week?

Last Week’s Reads:

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*** After the Flood by: Kassandra Montag (William Morrow) – Pub Date: September 3, 2019

This book was unlike anything I’ve read before. And honestly, at first, I was a little worried because I wondered how good a story could be when the world is basically underwater, but this book brought so much more to the table than fishing and survival. There are underlying themes of motherhood, grief, survival, and hope. I flew through this book in a day and was sad when it was over.

Dry by: Augusten Burroughs (Picador) – Pub Date: April 23, 2013

I personally don’t struggle with addiction and I don’t really have anyone super close to me that does, but I always find a raw and honest memoir irresistible. I haven’t previously read any of Burroughs books, but I after reading Dry, I think I’m a fan. His writing sucked me in from the first page and I was appreciative of his honesty. This one tugged at my heartstrings, especially towards the end when he relapses. If you’re a fan of memoir, this is a topnotch read! I am now going to be on the lookout for his latest book, Toil and Trouble, out on October 1!

*** The Doll Factory by: Elizabeth Macneal (Atria) – Pub Date: August 13, 2019

This one is a slllooooowww burn…as in the action is literally in the last 75 pages. But there was something about the atmosphere and the writing that kept me turning the pages. This may be one of the most messed up books I’ve ever read (yes, maybe even worse than Baby Teeth and that one is seriously disturbing).

Currently Reading:

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*** Inland by: Téa Obreht (Random House) – Pub Date: August 13, 2019

I have A LOT of books in my currently reading section because I’m not finding anything that’s holding my attention. On that note, this one is proving to be tough. I’m just not really sure I’m enjoying it, and while I really want to DNF it, I’m afraid to because I keep hoping it’ll get better. I’m going a little further, but I’m not hopeful.

Red, White, & Royal Blue by: Casey McQuiston (St. Martin’s Griffin) – Pub Date: May 14, 2019

Red, White, & Royal Blue wasn’t on my September TBR, but my library hold came in and I decided to read it between school pick up, practices, and before bed. I’m barely into it, but I think it’s about to get good. (Crossing my fingers because RomCom’s aren’t always my thing, but this one has had so much great hype, I had to give it a try!)

*** On the Corner of Love and Hate by: Nina Bocci (Gallery) – August 20, 2019

This is waaaaay too much RomCom for me in the same week (especially two RomCom’s with political aspects), but I’m desperately trying to clear some of my galleys. This one is cute enough, but I may decide to abandon it for Red, White, & Royal Blue.

*** The Goldfinch by: Donna Tartt (Little Brown) – Pub Date: October 22, 2013

I’m still plugging along on The Goldfinch for our buddy read (#HWRgoldfinch). If you want to get in on the buddy read, find me on Instagram (@happiestwhenreading) You can also find the discussions we’ve had so far here:, Chapters 1-3, Chapters 4, and Chapters 5-6! Please jump into the conversation!

DNF (aka: Not For Me):

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*** The Other’s Gold by: Elizabeth Ames (Viking) – Pub Date: August 27, 2019

As soon as this one started to feel like Normal People (read my review here), I bailed. I don’t do well with books that go absolutely nowhere and have a stream-of-consciousness style of writing. I was bummed about this one because many of my #bookishtwins highly recommended it. Here are some links to their reviews to help you have a more balanced opinion: Sarah’s Book Shelves and Novel Visits (there were others, but I can’t remember from who…)

Call Me By Your Name by: André Aciman (Atlantic Books) – Pub Date: September 21, 2018

Oh boy. I had such high hopes for this one, but it was a struggle. I’ve heard the best things about this one, but it was booooorrring. The writing wasn’t engaging to me and I wanted more of Elio + Oliver  – less Elio’s infatuation thoughts. DNF @ 46% (pg 113).

My Week in Books (8/28/19)

(#partner #freebooks: All books noted by asterisks (***) indicate I received the book for free from the publisher, the author, or another promotional company to review. All opinions are my own.)

School is in session…I have one that cries (not literally) that school isn’t every day of the week, and one that cries (not literally) that there’s school any day of the week. What are you gonna do? 🤷🏼‍♀️

We only have two more weeks left of our #patsybuddyread and six more for #HWRgoldfinch. Please let me know if you’d like to join (@happiestwhenreading)!

Anyway, on to books! What have you been reading (and loving) this week?

Last Week’s Reads:

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📖 Very Nice by: Marcy Dermansky (Knopf) – Pub Date: July 2, 2019

Holy smokes! I LOVED THIS BOOK! I can’t necessarily put my finger on what I loved so much about it, but it entranced me and I could not put it down. With a little bit of soap opera-like drama and six degrees of separation, I could barely keep up…but in a totally good way. This book is perfect summer reading material!

📖 *** The Beekeeper of Aleppo by: Christy Lefteri (Ballantine) – Pub Date: August 27, 2019

It pains me to say this, but I just WANTED SO MUCH MORE from this one. To bring awareness to the refugee situation is so important and this book sounded (and looked) like the perfect voice for that message, but it fell so flat for me. The story jumped around, which I’m fine with as long as it’s seamless and not confusing. At the end of the book, I was confused on what was real and what were flashbacks…or if those two things are even possibilities. Basically, there were glimmers of hope throughout which kept me reading, but by the end, I really just wasn’t invested in the story at all.

🎧 *** More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are by: Elaine Welteroth (Viking) – Pub Date: June 11, 2019

This book is a gem. I could only hope to raise my own daughter with half the grit and determination that Welteroth has. She is fire and I’m inspired! Welteroth’s passionate drive make me jealous. When she was met with roadblocks, she barreled through them and tried even harder just to be able to prove others wrong. She has a backbone and stood up to racist comments, and also offered incredible insight to those experiences.

I listened to the audiobook (thank you, Libro.fm for the #freeaudiobook #partner) in which Welteroth narrates. I loved it!! I think hearing her read her own story added to the impact it made on me. At the end of the audiobook, Welteroth has a conversation with her parents and it is PURE GOLD! I just love this little family and I can fully understand how Welteroth became the amazing individual she is! Click here to use code HAPPIEST to get 3 audiobooks for the price of 1!

Also, I got some #freeearbuds from Sudio…and I LOVE THEM!! I’m not even joking. I’m going to be getting a pair for my husband and maybe my kids. Use code WHENREADING for 15% off any @sudio purchase (hey, knock a few Christmas gifts off your list early!! #hinthint).

📱 *** Juliet Takes A Breath by: Gabby Rivera (Penguin Teen) – Pub Date: September 17, 2019

I recognize the importance of books like this being published. As a young woman and queer, Juliet is strong-willed and brave. She’s an important character for other queer women out there that need to see positive representation of themselves – and Juliet is perfect in this role. She comes into her own and figures out how she wants to fit into this world by asking questions and analyzing herself.

This book is on sale on September 17 and is available to preorder now!

Currently Reading:

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📖 *** The Goldfinch by: Donna Tartt (Little Brown) – Pub Date: October 22, 2013

I just finished the second section of The Goldfinch for our buddy read (#HWRgoldfinch). Things are really starting to pick up and I am still loving this one! If you want to get in on the buddy read, find me on Instagram (@happiestwhenreading) You can also find the discussions we’ve had so far here:, Chapters 1-3, Chapters 4, and Chapters 5-6! Please jump into the conversation!

📱 *** The Other’s Gold by: Elizabeth Ames (Viking) – Pub Date: August 27, 2019

So far (I’m about 25% in) this book is proving difficult for me to connect with. I’m going to give it a little bit longer, but I think this one may end up in the DNF pile.

DNF (aka: Not For Me):

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📱 Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook by: Stassi Schroeder (Gallery) – Pub Date: April 16, 2019

I love Stassi Schroeder and Vanderpump Rules, but I made it all the way to Part II and realized, I’m good. I know Stassi and I know her personality…I don’t necessarily feel the need to keep reading this one!

My Week in Books (8/21/19)

(#partner #freebooks: All books noted by asterisks (***) indicate I received the book for free from the publisher, the author, or another promotional company to review. All opinions are my own.)

We made it through the first week of school, and I’m happy to say that both of my kids have come home with great big smiles on their faces…and that relieves this mama’s heart sooooo much! That old saying, “A mama is only as happy as her saddest child” is #TRUTH!

We only have two more weeks left of our #patsybuddyread and six more for #HWRgoldfinch. Please let me know if you’d like to join (@happiestwhenreading)!

Anyway, on to books! What have you been reading (and loving) this week?

Last Week’s Reads:

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📖 *** Fleishman Is In Trouble by: Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House) – Pub Date: June 18, 2019

Honestly, I don’t really think this added anything new to the marriage/divorce conversation. There was a lack of communication between Toby and Rachel, and instead of working towards each other, they allowed anger and resentment to come between them and it eventually drove them apart. Reviews talked about a satisfying ending, and that’s mostly what kept me reading…but it fell flat and I was disappointed. I wanted something much more spicy; it just felt very bland after the commitment demanded from the reader. This isn’t a book that will stick with me; in fact, I think I’ll be lucky to pull any details of the story out a year from now. After the reviews I read, I had much higher hopes.

📖 The Nickel Boys by: Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) – Pub Date: July 16, 2019

Maybe one of my most anticipated reads of the summer, I have been hesitant to read it because of the hype surrounding it. It recently topped Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List, but I’ve also read very mixed reviews, so I was nervous what side of the line I would fall on.

First, this book is harrowing and haunting. It absolutely deserves to have light shed on the atrocities these boys lived. I could not believe that a school like this existed up until 2010! The abuse these people – including the townspeople by looking the other way – inflicted on young boys is beyond upsetting. I couldn’t help but wonder if there are other “schools”, “reform schools”, “juvenile detention centers” out there that treat other kids this same way. If there are, I hope people can find the courage to come forward and out the monsters behind it.

The writing of the book felt disjointed and confusing to me. I don’t always appreciate when an author eludes to things, and that happened quite a bit in this one. After I finished reading, I googled the events and boys’ home the story was based on. I found the real account much more intriguing and immersible. Again, this story is harrowing and should have light shed on it, I just wanted to connect to the story and characters more than I did. This is very likely a case of too much hype; had I read the book sooner and less reviews, I believe it would have had more of an impact on me. 

If you’d like to do more reading on the real Dozier School for Boys, here are some links:

📱*** The Whisper Man by: Alex North (Celadon) – Pub Date: August 20, 2019

Mostly good, but the hype ruined this one for me. I wasn’t ever even a little bit terrified while reading this, and I really wanted to be after the reviews I’d read. Still, it was a great thriller and totally worth picking up!

 

Currently Reading:

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📖 *** The Goldfinch by: Donna Tartt (Little Brown) – Pub Date: October 22, 2013

I just finished the second section of The Goldfinch for our buddy read (#HWRgoldfinch). Things are really starting to pick up and I am still loving this one! If you want to get in on the buddy read, find me on Instagram (@happiestwhenreading)!

🎧 *** More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are by: Elaine Welteroth (Viking) – Pub Date: June 11, 2019

I’m absolutely loving this one! Welteroth talks about her experiences growing up as a biracial girl and the snide comments of racism she fought along the way. When she was named editor of Teen Vogue, she became the youngest to achieve that title in Condé Nast’s history. She’s an inspiring women and this audiobook is so good!

🎧📖 *** Confessions of Frannie Langton by: Sara Collins (Harper) – Pub Date: May 21, 2019

I keep meaning to start this one back up, but other book are calling my name! #lifeofabookworm. 

DNF (aka: Not For Me):

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📱 *** On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard by: Jennifer Pastiloff (Dutton) – Pub Date: June 4, 2011

I’m got about 15% into this one and was ambivalent about the story and the writing. It was choppy at times, jumping between the past and present so much that I would have to reread what I’d read in the correct context once I realized it was a different timeline. It was repetitive, and honestly, because I’m also listening to More Than Enough (see above) at the same time, I realized Welteroth’s story so much more compelling.

📱 *** That’s What Frenemies Are For by: Sophie Littlefield & Lauren Gershell (Ballantine) – Pub Date: July 30, 2019

Nope, nope, just nope! This one is waaaaay too snarky for me and I had a bad taste in my mouth within minutes. #sorrynotsorry

 

 

My Week in Books (8/14/19)

(#partner #freebooks: All books noted by asterisks (***) indicate I received the book for free from the publisher, the author, or another promotional company to review. All opinions are my own.)

My kids started school today and the only thing I’m happy about is the fact that we’re back onto a routine. In May, I’m most excited about throwing routine out the window, but after three months, I crave some consistency around our days. Both of my kiddos are in middle school this year, so it’s definitely bittersweet.

Anyway, on to books! What have you been reading (and loving) this week?

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📖 I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations by: Sarah Steward Holland & Beth A. Silvers (Thomas Nelson) – Pub Date: February 5, 2019

This book is important – especially considering our current political climate. The hosts of @pantsuitpolitics do a wonderful job of demonstrating what grace means and how we can all extend that same grace to others in our lives that we don’t necessarily see eye to eye with.

📖 Patsy by: Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn (Liveright) – Pub Date: June 4, 2019

I’m hosting a #patsybuddyread for Patsy (along with Jenna Bush Hagar – hey, girl, hey! – and I had every intention of only reading the sections for each week…but I could not put this one down. At times I hated Patsy and at other times my heart completely broke for this woman who’s just trying her hardest and doing the best she can. There’s a TON of stuff to dissect in this book and I’m looking forward to our discussions throughout the week. If you’d like to join, shoot me a message and I’ll get you added on Instagram (@happiestwhenreading).

📖 Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by: Jose Antonio Vargas (Dey Street Books) – Pub Date: September 18, 2018

I can’t think of a better follow-up book to Patsy. Vargas was brought to America as a small child. When he went to the local DMV to get his driver’s permit, he found out his papers were fake and that he was, in fact, not a US citizen like he always thought he was. Vargas went on to become an incredible journalist and this book gives detailed insight into America’s problematic immigration system. This read is timely given the situation on the US/Mexico border and I think all Americans (especially those in politics) need to read this book!

📖 *** Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood by: J. Michael Straczynski (Harper Voyager) – Pub Date: July 23, 2019

I always love a memoir that shows grit and resilience in the face of the most horrible adverse circumstances. Straczynski rose from an extremely abusive – physically, emotionally, and mentally – home and went on to be a major player in Hollywood movies, television, and comics. Though it got a little bogged down in his writing career (I wanted more of his childhood stories which include murder, Nazi collaborators, lying, and abuse), it was incredibly sad story, but I was happy to see him rise above his childhood circumstances.

Currently Reading:Screen Shot 2019-08-12 at 8.34.15 PM*** The Goldfinch by: Donna Tartt (Little Brown) – Pub Date: October 22, 2013

I’m also hosting a seven-week #buddyread for The Goldfinch (#HWRgoldfinch). Again, find me on Instagram (@happiestwhenreading) if you’d like to join along. This is a reread for me and I’m allowing myself the time to savor it. Only three chapters in, I am entranced by Tartt’s writing, specifically her writing on grief. She captured the roller coaster of emotions so well and I think I’ll have to return to these chapters over and over again. Speaking of her writing, Tartt is seriously talented. Her attention to detail is unprecedented and I can’t wait to continue with the story!

🎧📖 *** Confessions of Frannie Langton by: Sara Collins (Harper) – Pub Date: May 21, 2019

I haven’t listened to even one second of this since last week. I have the audio and I also picked up the hardback from my local library, so hopefully I’ll be able to dive into it more this week!

DNF (aka: Not For Me):

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📖 Gift From the Sea by: Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Pantheon) – Pub Date: 1955

Listen, a book doesn’t get published over sixty years ago and have staying power if it ins’t good…but it’s just not for me. Sure, there are some great lessons, but it’s just a little too over the top for me. I DNF’d it around 50%, and I’m not sorry about it! (This would make a great gift for a girlfriend though!)

 

My Week in Books (8/7/19)

(#partner #freebooks: All books noted by asterisks (***) indicate I received the book for free from the publisher, the author, or another promotional company to review. All opinions are my own.)

Do you enjoy #buddyreads? Every month, I compile a list of Book Clubs happening around #bookstagram. If that’s something you’re interested in, you can find the post here and find a book that sounds interesting to you! There are twenty on the list, so hopefully you can find something that catches your eye!

Anyway, on to books! What have you been reading (and loving) this week?

Last Week’s Reads:

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📖 Strangers and Cousins by: Leah Hager Cohen (Riverhead) – Pub Date: May 14, 2019

This just wasn’t my favorite book, and I should have DNF’d it from the very beginning. A trusted source recommended it and it was sent to me through my Shelf Subscription service from The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA, so I thought it might get better. For me, it didn’t. While I did enjoy the unforgettable characters, the story itself was all over the place and just to disjointed for me to really get into. It’s hard for me to rate middle-of-the-road books because it’s not like I hated them, but I also think they’re missing that piece that will make them memorable. I’m not sure that a year from now I’ll even remember a single thing about this story.

Currently Reading:

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📖 Patsy by: Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn (Liveright) – Pub Date: June 4, 2019

Jenna Hager Bush chose this one as her August Book Club selection and I’M HERE FOR IT! It’s been on my #tbr for a couple months, so this is just the push I needed to start reading. I’m hosting a #buddyread and I’d love to have you join us! Find me on Instagram (@happiestwhenreading). Also, you can follow along using the hashtag #patsybuddyread!

*** The Goldfinch by: Donna Tartt (Little Brown) – Pub Date: October 22, 2013

I’m also hosting a seven-week #buddyread for The Goldfinch (#HWRgoldfinch). Again, find me on Instagram (@happiestwhenreading) if you’d like to join along. In case you don’t know already, The Goldfinch has been made into a movie and will release on September 13th, so this is the perfect excuse to read the book before the movie comes out! (We all know the book is always better than the movie! 😉)

Here is a link to the movie trailer! It looks soooo good!

🎧📖 *** Confessions of Frannie Langton by: Sara Collins (Harper) – Pub Date: May 21, 2019

I’m not too far into this one, but I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews (especially when talking about the audiobook)! 

📖 I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations by: Sarah Steward Holland & Beth A. Silvers (Thomas Nelson) – Pub Date: February 5, 2019

Written by the hosts of the podcast, Pantsuit Politics, Holland and Silvers demonstrate that we can have differing political viewpoints and still respect the other side. In a time where we feel more divided than ever, this is the perfect example of how we can have mature conversations and give grace to people that think differently than us. I wish our politicians in charge would read this book and take the lessons to heart!

My Week in Books (7/30/19)

(#partner #freebooks: All books noted by asterisks (***) indicate I received the book for free from the publisher, the author, or another promotional company to review. All opinions are my own.)
(Full Disclosure: If you decide to purchase a book through the Amazon link, I will receive a small compensation from that purchase. Thank you!)

My kids start school in two weeks, and I’m just wondering where the heck the last three months went?! It’s an especially bittersweet year as this is my oldest’s last year before high school and my youngest’s first year of middle school. I can hardly believe my kids are growing up. In my mind they should still be 5- and 7-years-old. 😔

Anyway, on to books! What have you been reading (and loving) this week?

Last Week’s Reads:

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This book is PURE GOLD! I am loving every page of it and feel like I’m getting some free counseling. My book is underlined to the max and I will be referring to some of these quotes over and over again. Just trust me and read this one!

*** Wild Words: Rituals, Routines, and Rhythms for Braving the Writer’s Path by: Nicole Gulotta (Roost Books) – On Shelves: October 15, 2019

This book spoke to my heart. Divided into sections, or “seasons” as Gulotta refers to them – The Season of Beginnings, The Season of Self-Doubt, The Season of Finishing – are the exact emotions I have had surrounding my writing dreams. While I have a long ways to go to have anything worthy of calling a “book” (and hey, just being honest here, but it will probably never be a “book”), Gulotta’s book was just the inspiration I need to, at the very least, continue journaling and getting some of my thoughts and ideas down on paper. This is a wonderful companion for any writer. It’s slow and gentle and meditative – exactly what a writer needs to hear. This one releases in October, so mark your calendars!

🎧 *** Daisy Jones and The Six by: Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballantine) – Pub Date: March 5, 2019

Listening to the audiobook is equally as good as reading the print copy! Click here to read my full review from earlier this year!

Currently Reading:

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Strangers and Cousins by: Leah Hager Cohen (Riverhead) – Pub Date: May 14, 2019

Hoping to make a final decision on this one by tomorrow. It’s not a favorite so far so there’s a good chance it’ll end up in the DNF pile. But here’s crossing my fingers it doesn’t!

DNF (aka: Not For Me):

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Bunny by: Mona Awad (Viking) – Pub Date: June 11, 2019

DNF @ 42%. I would have DNFd sooner but all the reviews kept me going. I finally realized that it’s just too bizarre and disconnected for me to care.