Reading Lately: Monthly Book Review

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss

This year has been the year of reading for me. My goal for the year is 36 books and I am already 72% to my goal, with a total of 26 books already read. At this rate, I should far surpass my goal by December. Today I am reviewing 5 of my 2018 reads.

So far, I have read the following titles (absolute favorites in bold): The Ostrich and Other Lost Things  /  The Twelve Tribes of Hattie  /  Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life  /  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  /  The Last Lecture  /  History of Wolves  /  The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People  /  Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk  /  Destination: Simple – Rituals and Rhythms for a Simpler Daily Life  /  We Should All Be Feminists  /  Tuesdays with Morrie  /  The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well  /  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo  /  The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up  /  Creative Confidence  /  What Now?  /  Where’d You Go, Bernadette  /  Make Good Art  /  They Both Die At The End  /  Today Will Be Different  /  Into The Water  /  The Rosie Project  /  A Simplified Life  /  Anniliation  /  The Mothers  /  Sing, Unburied, Sing  /  Turtles All The Way Down  /  Imagine: How Creativity Works  /  Exit West

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The Ostrich and Other Lost Things
Beth Hautala 

(4/5) I know Beth Hautala from the time I spent working for her, so I was excited to dive into her second YA book, The Ostrich and Other Lost Things. The story touches on topics of autism, sibling relationships, bravery, and self-discovery. It is beautifully written and the plot is touching. If you are looking for a quick read with a heartwarming plotline, this is one YA book that I would recommend.

Exit West
Mohsin Hamid 

(2/5) While this book is on President Obama’s list of must-reads, I must admit, it fell short for me. It was an interesting concept but it just wasn’t resonating enough with me to keep my attention. The novel follows two young adults, in a county on the brink of civil war, as they fall in love and travel across the world as refugees. This is a profound story and offers up a unique perspective, but I struggled with the writing style. While it is beloved by many, it isn’t at the top of my must-read list.

Today Will Be Different
Maria Semple

(3/5) From the author of Where’d you go, Bernadette (4/5) this is a funny book that I read in just two days. I enjoyed Where’d you go, Bernadette, slightly more, but this one is certainly a great read. As the title suggests, the book follows Eleanor Flood throughout a day, that takes a twist that I did not expect. It is equal parts hilarious and thoughtful and sure to keep your attention. This is a perfect read for a day on the beach or a day on your patio.

History of Wolves
Emily Fridlund

(3/5) I picked up this book because the story takes place in Minnesota, the state I grew up in. It is one of those books that doesn’t necessarily make sense until the very end. Although I wasn’t quite sure what was happening, I was intrigued enough to find out. And the ending really was shocking. I will say, this book probably isn’t for everyone, and it can be hard to get through, but if you stick with it, the ending makes it worth it.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon

(4/5) This book has an interesting format: it is written as a journal of a fifteen-year-old boy on the spectrum. The novel chronicles Christopher’s murder investigation (of a dog) and the discoveries he makes about himself and his family along the way. It is funny and tender and loving and frustrating and shocking and all the things. It is one of the best YA books I have ever read.

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    June 7, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Ooooh I love your reviews. I haven’t read most of these but did listen to Today Will be Different while painting kitchen cabinets. I thought it was entertaining. I wasn’t super excited about the ending but it definitely had its moments (endings are hard!). I’ll have to pin this for later- I love to have suggestions <3 Jamie

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    Sara | mshealthesteem.com
    June 7, 2018 at 1:24 am

    And my ‘to read’ list gets bigger! Thank you so much for sharing your honest thoughts. I’m excited to dive into a few of these ^^. There is seriously nothing better than a good book 🙂

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    June 7, 2018 at 3:26 am

    I read “The Curious Incident” a few years ago. I found it an excellent read. I am glad you enjoyed it too.

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    June 7, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    I haven’t made much time for reading recently, but need to reignite that passion! Last year I read a walloping 127 books but that was pre-second baby and pre-beginning my at home business, this year I think I’ve regrettably read 5. I will definitely be adding The Ostrich and Other Lost Things to my Goodreads “to do” list!

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    Rachael | Pingel Sisters
    June 8, 2018 at 1:47 am

    I just finished Where’d You Go, Bernadette? about a month ago, so I’ll have to try Semple’s other book. Thanks for the suggestions!

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