2017 MMD Reading Challenge - August Edition

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
I'm participating in MMD's Reading Challenge this year. (If you don't know what that is, click here and here.) Below are my August picks. (Book images are linked!)

READING FOR GROWTH: Stretch yourself in 2017

three books by the same author

My pick



I adore Anne of Green Gables, yet somehow have never read L.M. Montgomery's Emily series. I have only heard great things about it, so I can't wait to dive into these books. Have you read Montgomery's Emily series?

READING FOR FUN: Put the oomph back in your reading life

a book you don't want to admit you're dying to read

My pick

This was hard category for me, because I feel I am open about what I love to read and am not embarrassed by what I love to read, but perhaps I am a little embarrassed by how many Regency Romance books I actually do read in a year. For this category I could simply write, "All the Regency Romance books!", but I thought I'd narrow it down and share my favorite author from this genre. That would most definitely be Sarah M. Eden and this is her latest book that I cannot wait to devour, because I know I absolutely will devour it and I know I will absolutely love it. Do you have a book you don't want to admit you're dying to read?

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What I've Been Reading - July 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Welcome to What I've Been Reading, where I share my (quick and personal) thoughts on what I've been reading this past month. For specifics (plot summary, etc.) about each book, click on the provided links.


by Stephanie Barron (3 stars)

After two intense reads last month, I knew I needed something lighter to start off this month. Jane and the Man of the Cloth was the perfect choice for me. I am not completely familiar with the term "cozy mystery", but I believe this would be considered one, and that is why I think it was the perfect choice for me. It had a murder mystery that kept me interested, but nothing too grizzly or intense that made my heart race. Plus, it was familiar, since I had read the first in this series already, so I didn't have to spend a lot of time getting acquainted with the characters and setting, nor the author's voice. It's nice to have a go-to series in my back pocket for times I need a little break from harder literature.


by Kathleen A. Flynn (3 stars)

I am seeing a Jane Austen theme this month. When I first heard of The Jane Austen Project, I was equally intrigued and terrified. I love Jane Austen, but I am always weary of anyone puts who her name on their product. However, the premise behind this story (Make sure you check it out! It's pretty great.) gave me the push I needed to give it a try. I am glad I did. It was a lot of fun! (Warning - Some scenes would have made Jane Austen blush. If not Jane, they sure made me blush!)


by Tana French (2.5 stars)

In the literary circles I run in, (Are there such things?) I often hear good things about Tana French, but, despite that, I have always steered clear of her. Until now. What eventually drew me to her was that many have compared her to Louise Penny, whom I love. (What had kept me away was that many said she was a bit darker and grittier than Penny. That made me extremely nervous, because I am a pretty sensitive reader.) Well, soon after starting In the Woods, I wasn't sure I would finish it. Twice I put it down with no intention of picking it up again. But the lure of "who done it" kept bringing me back. I eventually did finish it, but I still haven't decided if I am glad I read it. It didn't feel like a Louise Penny novel to me. It was so much darker and so much grittier and much, much more graphic. What I love about Penny is that her novels seem more about the characters than the murders. In the Woods seemed mostly about the murders. I am not sure I will pick up another Tana French novel, unless someone can convince me I really, really should. (Warning - Language)


by Charlotte Bronte (5 stars)

When your daughter says she wants to read Jane Eyre and asks if you will read it alongside her, you say yes. This was my third or fourth reading of Jane Eyre, yet, every time feels new. I love it. Though I already own three copies of Jane Eyre, I have my eye on this beautiful cloth bound set that includes not only Jane Eyre, but also a few books by Charlotte's sisters. I own this similar Jane Austen set (Jane Austen: The Complete Works: Classics hardcover boxed set (A Penguin Classics Hardcover))and love it. By the way, my daughter loved Jane Eyre! Grateful for a daughter who is willing to give the classics a chance. She is never disappointed.


Caraval

by Stephanie Garber (3.5 stars)

What a fun surprise Caraval was! I just finished it and as I closed it for the final time I found myself with a huge grin on my face. I had seen Caraval on a few bookish friends' Instagram accounts and was drawn in by its cover and their rave reviews. This book was a bit slow for me to get into, and a few parts dragged for me a bit. I could have used less building of the world they lived/played in and more building of the characters and story. But once I got into it, I was hooked and couldn't put it down. Especially the last hundred pages. I am so glad to see there is potential for a second book. I hope it happens!

I'd love to know what you read this month. Anything I must add to my list?

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2017 MMD Reading Challenge - July Edition

Saturday, July 1, 2017
I'm participating in MMD's Reading Challenge this year. (If you don't know what that is, click here and here.) Below are my July picks. (Book images are linked!)

READING FOR GROWTH: Stretch yourself in 2017

a book published before you were born

My pick


What I've Been Reading - June 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Welcome to What I've Been Reading, where I share my (quick and personal) thoughts on what I've been reading this past month. For specifics (plot summary, etc.) about each book, click on the provided links.



What I'll Be Reading This Summer

Friday, June 16, 2017
I know for most of the country, summer is in full swing, and has been for quite a while now, but for me and my kiddos, summer starts today! I am so glad to finally be done with school. Bring on summer. And bring on summer reading! There's nothing like summer reading, whether it's reading by the pool or at the beach, or just reading on a blanket in my backyard. I thought it would be fun to gather together in one place all the books I hope to read this summer. My stack may be a little ambitious, considering how busy our summer is this year, but why not aim high, right? I've divided what I'll be reading this summer into four categories, MMD's Book Club picks, MMD's Summer Reading Guide personal picks, MMD's 17 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About This Summer personal picks and my personal picks. Bring on the books! (All book covers are linked to Amazon for more information! I've read a few already. Those I've read, I provide a (super) short review.)

MMD'S BOOK CLUB PICKS

I belong to MMD's Book Club. I highly recommend it. During the year, we read one book a month. During the months of June, July and August, we read five! Here's what we are reading this summer. 
Loved the Dry!

2017 MMD Reading Challenge - June Edition

Thursday, June 1, 2017
I'm participating in MMD's Reading Challenge this year. (If you don't know what that is, click here and here.) Below are my June picks, plus a few contenders that almost made this month's picks. (Book images are linked!)

READING FOR GROWTH: Stretch yourself in 2017

An immigrant story

My pick

What I've Been Reading - May 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Welcome to What I've Been Reading, where I share my (quick and personal) thoughts on what I've been reading this past month. For specifics (plot summary, etc.) about each book, click on the provided links.

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novelby Amor Towles (5 stars)

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2017 MMD Reading Challenge - May Edition

Monday, May 1, 2017
I'm participating in MMD's Reading Challenge this year. (If you don't know what that is, click here and here.) Below are my May picks, plus a few contenders that almost made this month's picks. (Book images are linked!)

READING FOR GROWTH: Stretch yourself in 2017


A book of any genre that addresses current events



My pick

What I've Been Reading - April 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Welcome to What I've Been Reading, where I share my (quick and personal) thoughts on what I've been reading this past month. For specifics (plot summary, etc.) about each book, click on the provided links.