Books I read in March and April

Monday, May 14, 2018

Still doing a lot of reading toward my goal of 48 books this year. Here's what I read in the last couple of months.

Books I read in March

  1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler (Memoir/Audiobook) - 3/5 stars
    This was fine, but not my favorite. I did enjoy listening to Amy (and friends!) read the audiobook.
  2. The Dry by Jane Harper (Fiction/Kindle) - 5/5 stars
    LOVED this one! Such a great page-turner. Will be picking up more of her books.
  3. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin (Nonfiction/Kindle) - 4/5 stars
    Another personality type system, as if I don't have enough of these to obsess over. I don't think it will shock anyone to hear that I'm an Upholder (and Casey's obviously a Questioner).
  4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (YA/Paperback) - 4/5 stars
    I was gifted this series by my dear friend Jennifer for my birthday this year, and this was the first book. A very fun YA novel and my only complaint is that pretty much nothing is resolved in the first book! I definitely plan to read the rest of the series.
  5. I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell (Memoir/Audiobook) - 4/5 stars
    I kept hearing good things about this memoir and put the audiobook (read by the author) on hold at the library. I was blown away by her "seventeen brushes with death" and loved the unique format.
  6. How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana White (Nonfiction/Kindle) - 4/5 stars
    Really enjoyed this one, especially the practical tips on laundry, which I have been implementing since I finished the book.
  7. The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs (Fiction/Hardcover) - 5/5 stars
    One of my favorites of the year so far! I loved this book that has been called "The Westing Game for grown-ups" (say no more, right?). It had so many of my favorite things: great characters, a fun mystery, and mathematical and literary references (ha!).
  8. Final Girls by Riley Sager (Fiction/Kindle) - 4/5 stars
    This one surprised me! I put this one on hold at the library after Knox green-lit it on The Popcast. I thought I had it figured out halfway through, but the ending surprised me (a couple of times!).

Books I read in April

  1. Castle of Water by Dane Hucklebridge (Fiction/Hardcover) - 4/5 stars
    This is a beautifully written story of a man and woman who survive a plane crash on a remote island. I read this while traveling to and from DC, as if I don't have enough anxiety about flying already. :) It is not for the faint of heart but I really loved it.
  2. Getting Things Done by David Allen (Nonfiction/Kindle) - 5/5 stars
    Obviously I reorganized my entire life after reading this (the flowcharts!!) and I'm excited to see how my task management goes using this system. This book is packed full of practical tips for tracking and completing tasks and projects.
  3. I'll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara (Nonfiction/Kindle) - 4/5 stars
    I have always been fascinated by true crime stories. Michelle McNamara was married to actor Patton Oswalt until she passed away unexpectedly. She spent a good portion of her life investigating the Golden State Killer. This was fascinating, and right after I finished it police caught the Golden State Killer!! I feel so invested in this story and I'm so glad he will be brought to justice.
  4. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (Fiction/Kindle) - 4/5 stars
    I just love Ruth Ware's writing. I didn't love this story as much as I did The Woman in Cabin 10 but the characters were great and the ending was very satisfying.
  5. Raising an Original by Julie Lyles Carr (Nonfiction/Paperback) - 2/5 stars
    I wanted to love this book about parenting according to your child's unique personality, but it didn't wow me. Maybe I would appreciate it more if Finley were a little older.

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