August 18, 2016

Four of Eight: How I'm Doing on My Reading Goals

Well, hello there. I dropped off the face of the Internet through a dual combo of (a) Olympics (as referenced in my last post), and (b) reading. (Shocker, I know.) Here's a little update on how my reading has progressed so far this month!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, etc.

Did I read it? Yes. Not as good as the original books - the script format interrupted some of the flow, and it was significantly shorter, but I still enjoyed returning to the Potter world; although I did miss the depth of story that the first 7 books had.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Did I read it? Ahem. Still halfway through. Haven't listened to any more in August - I got SO sidetracked by other audiobooks!

Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan

Did I read it? Nope. I lost it for a week. (Eventually found it at the bottom of a basket of clean laundry, which is both a testament to how I fail at putting laundry away, and having a toddler in the house...) But, in the meantime, I missed my review deadline, so I moved on to something else.

Homeplace by Kevin Wolf

Did I read it? Yes. It was pretty good for the first 97% - an atmospheric thriller set on the plains of Colorado... a bit reminiscent of Longmire. Then the motivations of the killer were revealed, and I rolled my eyes so hard it hurt. 

Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn

Did I read it?  Not yet. I still may get there - but it is LONG, and I'm not sure that I'll have time.

Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick

Did I read it? Yes! It was quite good. I ended up having a lot more sympathy for Benedict Arnold than I would have thought possible.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Did I read it? Yes! It felt a little formulaic, and it was rather more sad than some of her other books. I appreciate she was maybe trying to stretch beyond her usually funny fare, but I didn't enjoy it as much as her other books. I still blazed through it though; she's captured the art of creating addicting books!

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Did I read it? I read the first 45 pages, but then it was due at the library, and I wasn't invested enough to pay an overdue fine. So I bailed.

So I'm only 4/8 for what I planned to read, which sounds like I haven't been reading. But, I have! I've read 4 more books that weren't on my list, which means I'm at 8 books for August so far, and it's only the 18th! Much better than I've been averaging lately. Plus, I'm in the middle of two more. Woohoo! More on most of those in a separate post soon. But, I will say that I read a cute little mom-approved (i.e. no sex) romance yesterday - The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club. It was fairly formulaic, but fun.

What have YOU been reading?

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