Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Reading Time!

You know, I really thought I should just jump on this link-up every other month but October was pretty good for me reading-wise. Far from perfect or ideal, but better than previous months - so I'll take it. And this must have been an e-book month ... but I miss 'real' books. So linking up with Jana and Steph -- go and see what everyone else has been reading. I usually spend the bulk of this day adding to my TBR list ...

Discovered this YA while trying to renew The Hate U Give online on vacation. It sounded interesting, but I didn't realize it was "YA". Not sure why that would make a difference, but I spent the first part of the book guessing 'is it a mystery? is this some sort of Twilight-crap? is this fantasy? why am I reading this?' But I was on vacation and it was an easy one to read while at the pool or beach or hanging out with the kids at the condo. (E-book borrowed from local library)

This was another one 'discovered' on vacation. Jeepers was it intense, though. It's about a school shooting ... which is all-too-common. And with two kids in school, I was a bit emotional while reading this too. Definitely wouldn't want to read it again, but I thought it was good. Keep in mind that it's told from the viewpoints of four people and spans about 45-60 minutes, but with a lot of backstories. (E-book borrowed from local library)

Yay for getting this one without having to wait for it! Something about reading a book set in my hometown that really made me enjoy it even more. This was also intense - but so interesting! I highly recommend this one. I could picture the locations he was talking about - some were invented for the story, but not all. Mental health is something that we all need to be more aware of. (E-book borrowed from local library)

I've had this one on my TBR for awhile and bumped it to the top when I saw it's this month's selection for book club. Looking forward to the discussion about it next week. Took me a bit to get into it but a good read. I laughed, I cried, I saw myself both in Ove and in Parvaneh ...  (E-book borrowed from local library)

Currently reading. Also a book club selection ... the selection for the Rookies in the Andrew Luck Book Club this month. Wasn't able to locate the selection for the Veterans. #noshameinmybookclubgame (E-book borrowed from local library)

Soon-to-be currently reading. First had a notification that I was 5th in the queue to check this out ... then BOOM! got an email saying it was in my Kindle and ready to read. Finishing up the Tollbooth today so I can get started on this one. (and ... e-book borrowed from local library, obvs)

Have you read any of these?


  1. I am on the library waiting list for A Man Called Ove and Little Fires Everywhere. They both sound so good. My sister is going to bring Turtles All The Way Down when she comes for THanksgiving next week so I can borrow it. I can't wait. I love when a book is set in my hometown too!

  2. Loved Turtles!!! Little Fires Everywhere has been bumped to the tip top of the TBR after the link-up today.

  3. I still need to read Turtles All the Way Down, but I own it, so it will happen soon. I like that it's set in Indiana because that's close to me. How cool you recognize some of the places.


    1. I started Turtles this morning.

      I am in actual book mode big time right now. I have a lot on my kindle but I don't feel like reading any of them.

  4. The Hundred Lies is on my Kindle but I've read so many mixed reviews so I haven't picked it up. I'm on the wait list at the library for Little Fires Everywhere. I've never read John Green but Turtles is on my TBR!

  5. I LOVED Turtles. Even if the plot was kind of a mess. Little Fires was also outstanding.

    There was something about This is Where It Ends that seemed off for me. I appreciated what she tried to do but it just missed the mark a bit (no pun intended).

  6. I have Little Fires on my to read list and just added Turtles after reading Jana's review. I enjoy YA books and just added This Is Where It Ends to my list.

  7. ooh i love when i get a book from the library sooner than i thought i would. i have little fires everywhere on my shelf at home and hopefully will get to it soon. i really want to read turtles, but am waiting for the hype to die down just a bit. or maybe i will request it today, who knows haha.

  8. I added the 100 Lies book to my TBR today from another reviewer. It sounds interesting. Turtles and Little Fires Everywhere were already on my TBR but they have gotten so many rave reviews today that I may need to bump them up the list. And I absolutely love it when a hold book comes to me earlier than I expected. Oh happy day!

  9. 100 lies was weird... in parts... but I couldn't put it down. There is something about YA books that makes me keep reading.

    Thanks for reminding me of This is Where It Ends, I've been trying to remember this book for a while.

  10. I didn't finish Ove, but I didn't mind Beartown (though I didn't love it).
    Turtles seems different than Green's typical books so I might give it a try.
    One of the my students is reading The Phantom Tollbooth but I never have.

  11. I've enjoyed some of John Green's other books so I will probably read Turtles all the Way Down at some point. LOVED Little Fires Everywhere and Ove. <3

  12. It can be so hard when you get a book without knowing much about it, so I can see how you would be distracted in the beginning of the first book trying to figure out where it was going. I loved the Phantom Tollbooth movie when I was younger but I don't think I ever read the book.

  13. I love The Phantom Tollbooth. It's one of my favorites. Little Fires Everywhere is on my TBR list, too!

  14. I read Bear Town by Backman and it was the same way....took awhile to get going but then SO good. I may eventually read this one too since I've heard good things. I just have to be in the mood for that kind of book, though. Can't wait to see what you think of Little Fires next month! I didn't LOVE it as much as others but I still liked it.

  15. Ove is such a fantastic book! i hope you like it.


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