Well, third quarter was my worst quarter so far this year. I went from over 50 books in the first quarter, to just over 30 books in the second quarter, and I wrapped up the third quarter with only 21 books.
May the fourth quarter be the one in which I actually read all of the Classic Books I set out to read at the beginning of the year. May the days also be longer and full of time to read. Ha! We’ll see.
Here’s the full breakdown of my third quarter reading:
I like books that explore motherhood and this one was well done. It’s an interesting and nuanced look at motherhood, race, and adoption and how the three intersect.
I love Louise Penny and I held off reading this one for a long time because I didn’t want to finish all the available books in the series. With the newest one coming out soon, I finally let myself dig in. I loved it!
(It was the first of her books that I listened to on Audio and I kind of wish I’d listened to all of them on audio now.)
Excellent! An Irish Catholic family drama – wonderful writing and characters. It reminded me a lot of Elizabeth Strout, one of my favorite writers.
My first fiction book by Maggie O’Farrell and I loved it as much as I did her non-fiction. Really, a fantastic read. There are no chapters and although there are three voices in the book, there are no discernible breaks. It takes some getting used to, but I loved this book about family secrets and haunting pasts.
I needed a light-ish audio book. This fit the bill. It was okay.
I liked this one more than I thought I was going to. It’s fiction but it’s an overview of the white feminist experience during the nineties and early 21st century.
Another hasty audio book choice. After I finished it, I went on to Goodreads to log it and realized I’d already read it before. So, that’s how memorable it was for me.
Recommended by a friend and thoroughly enjoyed. It’s about divorce and it is simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking.
Nothing happens in this entire book. Snore.
This is the second book in a series that we’ve been reading aloud as a family. Really great family read aloud!
We listened to this as a family in the car. It’s just as good now as it was when I was a kid.
I adore this entire series. We read it aloud together – this was my third time reading this book, and the kids second time. This is one of my all time favorite series and it’s especially wonderful read aloud.
We had read the entire series but when the final book in the series was released in July, the kids wanted to reread all the books before we finished the series.
Loved it. Full review here.
Probably my favorite book in the third quarter. Full review here.
It was okay. I liked the homage to the Westing Game, but it felt like an “issues” book. I don’t mind a book tackling issues – most of the best books do, but I don’t want it to feel like an “issues” book. You know what I mean? I want the issues to be a natural part of the story.
Wonderful! Full review here.
I picked this up at a used book store because it was a Newbery Book I’d never even heard of (published in 1991). It kind of blew me away. And right from the very first page.
The book opens as Jamie sees his mom’s boyfriend pick up his baby sister and throw her across the room. Luckily the baby is okay and Jamie’s mother gets them out of there. The book is about them putting their lives back together.
It’s a tiny book, just over 100 pages, but it’s powerful. It’s one of the most compelling middle grade books I’ve ever picked up.
I loved My Lady Jane so much but this one was a huge flop for me.
Great book! Full review here.
One of my favorite books of the whole year. And I got to go meet the author, hear her talk about the book, and get my copy signed.
What have you read and loved (or hated) recently? I’d love to hear about it!