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2017 Final Reading Recap

Reading Challenge 2017And just in the nick of time, I finished my reading challenge and made it to my goal of 20 books! When last I wrote, I had a long ways to go but as Arlo gets a little older it’s mildly easier for me to read again and I’ve been trying to read while I pump at work and listen to more audiobooks. When you have an infant you’ve got to get creative with your reading time! In the last three months of the year I read  8 books (almost half of the goal for the year). So here goes:

A Bridge Across the OceanA Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

A story about the RMS Queen Mary and the lives of three women across generations. Not at all what I expected because I totally missed the supernatural element when reading the description of this book. But it was a welcome surprise. Present day, Brette Caslake is a medium of sorts, though she tries to avoid her gift but when she encounters a spirit on the RMS Queen Mary it leads her to investigate a mysterious death from decades before.  I also really like this format of the book with the story being told from different perspectives and times (in case you hadn’t noticed from my previous reading). Learn more… 


Reading PeopleReading People by Anne Bogel

I am a big fan of Bogel’s Modern Mrs. Darcy blog and What Should I Read Next podcast, so when I heard she was writing a book I immediately pre-ordered! This book examines several popular personality frameworks, breaks them down in easy to understand ways and provides resources for how to go about typing yourself in each. I found it incredibly interesting and was able to more clearly type myself as an INFJ (I struggled in the past between this and INTJ), an Idealist and Helper, with Acts of Service and Quality Time love languages. If you like personality quizzes and want to learn more about what all this means, I would highly recommend this book. Learn more… 


A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Book club)

Maybe the best fiction book I read this year. We chose this for book club because we had been reading a lot of heavier/darker themed books and needed something light and uplifting. And for a book about a crotchety old man who wants to die, it very much fit that bill.  After reading just the first chapter I told my husband how cute it was and he thought I must be crazy given the subject matter, but it really is delightful and moving. If you haven’t picked this up yet, you should! Learn more … 



Capital GainesCapital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned from Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines

On my maternity leave this summer I got a little obsessed with Fixer Upper and Chip and Joanna Gaines. I listened to the audiobook version which Chip narrates. It was really fun. Like listening to a 5+ hour long bonus track from the show. Chip talks about how he got started, where they are now and what the future holds now that they are in the last season of the show. Fixer Upper lovers will enjoy this book! Learn more… 



A Wrinkle In TimeA Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I think I read this book in like the 5th grade but I’ve been meaning to go back to it because I don’t remember a thing from it! When the movie started being promoted I decided now was the perfect time to revisit it. Turns out, I really don’t remember anything. Did I even read it? I know I must have but it was all brand new. I mean I guess 5th grade was like 23ish years ago but still. I can see the appeal of this story and I think it will make a beautiful movie (still haven’t seen it yet), but it wasn’t my favorite younger reader book. Are you like me? Do you think you read it but can’t remember? I’d be tempted to just watch the movie in all honesty, but since I haven’t seen the movie yet I can’t say that it’s true to the book but it looks good none-the-less. Learn more… 


The Life We BuryThe Life We Bury by Allen Eskens (Book Club)

Not what I expected at all, but still pretty good. I don’t want to give too much away but I went into this thinking it would be a book about a man interviewing a killer at the end of his life with confessions about what he did, his motivations, etc. but it turned into much more of a who-done-it mystery. The protagonist (Joe Talbert), finds a reason to believe that the convicted killer (Carl Iverson) did not commit the crime he spent his life in jail for and goes on a crusade to clear his name. There were a few bits that were not great, but I can’t get into it without giving away plot details, but for the most part, it was good, I’d recommend it to another book club! Learn more… 


The VegetarianThe Vegetarian by Han Kang

I’ll be honest, on December 31st I was still one book short of my goal. So I googled, books you can read in a day. This one came up and looked really interesting. So I got it on Audible and listened to it on 1.5 to finish it in a few hours. It was easier for me to do an audiobook so that I could listen while I played with Arlo, did laundry, snuggled while Arlo napped, you know important things! This book was totally weird. It’s interesting but super, super weird. Learn more… 



This year I’ve also been using some of my Audible credits toward stocking up on the Harry Potter audiobooks, so I listened to Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone in the fall. So with just hours to spare I finished! I’m planning to stick to the goal of 20 books in 2018. But I’ll write more about that in another post!

Hope you all had a great 2017 filled with great books, here’s to another year of Happy Reading!