I took the quiz on 1000 popular books, and I don‘t know what my score means other than I went through a big John Grisham/ Stephen King phase and I actually did the readings in English class. I‘m proud of it anyway.
I recently reread this Judy Blume classic for the first time since elementary school. The only plot point I remembered was about poor Peter‘s pet turtle. Sometimes a #NonhumanCharacter can make a strong impression. #AuldLangReads
I loved this! It was the Modern Mrs Darcy book club pick for January and I‘m so glad to have read it. This is a nonlinear story that goes back and forth from 1950s Iran to the US in modern day. There‘s a lot of heartbreak in the story but it was so engaging. You start out knowing the story‘s end. It caught my attention from the start and I had to know how the characters‘ lives unfolded.
I was so curious about this book because it was written by an NPR anchor. You can definitely tell she‘s a reporter because of the way the main character goes about trying to solve her mystery, and the roles that reporters and newspapers play in the story. It was interesting to me, but the main character also made some bad choices! I listened to this and didn‘t care for the narration. She was good at voices but way too slow!
I love when books introduce me to something I‘d never known about before. This one, by one of my favorite authors, is #BasedOnATrueStory about Ella May Wiggins, a real-life labor activist in North Carolina in 1929. I live in NC and I‘d never known about this part of our history. #AuldLangReads
I enjoyed the first few books in this series and most of the author‘s standalone work. Then I read this installment after a several year break and found Becky to be an #ObnoxiousCharacter
I‘m still going to finish the series some day! #AuldLangReads
When I was thinking about the #NewtoYouAuthor prompt, I realized all the books I‘ve been reading this week are by authors who were new to me. All of these are good so far (I‘ve only finished Such a Fun Age). I‘ve had trouble getting focused on one story, so here I am with several at once. #AuldLangReads
A genre that I had never heard of until last year is Cli-Fi, which is fiction related to climate change. I‘m interested in reading something from this genre, particularly as it had been 70 degrees several times this winter, which is unusual to say the least. The tagged book sounds interesting. #NewtoYouGenre #AuldLangReads
I started this book late last night and then was late to visit friends today so I could finish it. I haven‘t fully formed my thoughts but I can see why it‘s getting rave reviews. I loved Emira and could relate to her feelings of not knowing what to want after college. Some of the other characters made choices I wish I could call unbelievable but they actually weren‘t. (Counting for #AuldLangReads Day 13 #PageTurner)
This memoir of the author‘s unconventional (to say the least) childhood draws comparisons with The Glass Castle and Educated. They all made me grateful for my own childhood! This one was hard to read emotionally, as she deals with neglect and abuse but also a page turner. I needed to know how her life turned out. Read for #NewYearWhoDis from the list of @michellelav [Spoiler in comments]
Though more light hearted, this reminded me of Darius the Great is Not Ok. Both are stories about American teenagers who go abroad to visit with grandparents they don‘t know well. I liked Kimmi‘s exploration of Kyoto, her goals, and really liked how all the relationships unfolded. I did think it was unrealistic that she went around in a new city without her grandparents ever asking who her friend was, but I was able to ignore that for the story!
I‘m glad that I had a “read in 2010” shelf on Goodreads to remind me of what I read in 2010. I picked this one to share because I still think about its storyline. I was lucky to be able to read it shortly after I had visited the Tower of London (as a tourist, of course!). #BookIReadin2010 #AuldLangReads
I liked this book but not as much as I thought I would. The premise is great, but I thought it wasn‘t used to its best. The setting at Sandringham didn‘t feel real to me as I was reading, and I thought there could have been more emphasis on the royals and the main character‘s relationship with her daughter. I did think it was refreshing to feature a woman in her 50s and to discuss her career along with the relationship. It‘s almost a so-so for me.
I have such strong memories of my third grade teacher reading this series to our class during our after lunch book time. I loved it! I reread it for a book challenge and so enjoyed it. Poor Peter! I still sympathize with his life as a big brother, even though I‘m not an oldest kid.
This book opens with Bridget‘s New Year‘s resolutions. I loved this book so much that I‘ve somehow ended up with two copies and the movie. I love Bridget and so relate to her optimism at the start of a new year. #AuldLangReads Day 1 #SetonNewYearsEveDay
Not that I‘m going to stop reading but I officially made it to 24 hours! I‘m loving Adam Rippon‘s book. I can just hear him saying these words. #24B42020
I always love President Obama‘s book lists! I especially love that Say Nothing, my number one pick of 2019, is on his list too. I also read and enjoyed Furious Hours. I‘m saving this list here to refer back to later. Cut off from the screen shot is The Orphan Master‘s Son by Adam Johnson.
I haven‘t read the first of Julie Andrews‘ memoirs and I think I‘d like to now. This book gives a quick summary of her early life before jumping in to her career-making role as Mary Poppins. The book is very detailed thanks to her diaries. It was refreshing to read about a movie star with difficulties (family, love, career) but no major scandals! Finished yesterday for #24B42020
I enjoyed this book! The author did a great job of dropping in little threads and then bringing them all together in the end. I thought Jo was a little modern for the time period but I hope there really were women like her in 1890. and the cover is gorgeous. This was my second book finished for #24B42020
I finished Julie Andrews‘ book and I‘m going to read a few chapters in my other library book before calling it a night for #24B42020
I just got back from my Christmas trip home so I decided to hop into #24B42020 since I‘m reading anyway! I‘m reading the tagged book so I can return it to the library before it is overdue.
I bought the tagged book on impulse a couple of years ago, and finally made time to read it. It‘s fulfilling my last #Nonfiction2019 prompt, which is a book that‘s been on my TBR for over 1 year. I love reading nonfiction and this challenge helped me keep those types of books in my regular reading rotation. Thanks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa for organizing this!
Like a lot of memoirs, I think if you like the author you will like the book. I watch Ginger on Good Morning America, and enjoyed reading her story. She‘s dealt with a lot in her life, and it reminded me that what you see on TV isn‘t the full person. She tells her story with humor and honesty. I love how much she loves weather. I bought this on impulse a couple of years ago, and finally made time to read.