August 2, 2015

Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2015

Here it is, August already. Have you noticed how the time zips by faster with every year? Perhaps you've also noticed that I sound more and more like my grandmother every day?

How was July for you? Here's how it looked for me:


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee


The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck


I normally wouldn't include children's books in my monthly wrap-up. I don't read them often, for one thing. But I read these five very deliberately. They are new to the bookstore and I wanted to be familiar with them for when customers ask for recommendations. Each one is adorable and most have a fantastic message for kids (and parents!).

Heather Has Two MommiesRed: A Crayon's StoryWhat Pet Should I GetThe Day the Crayons Quit, and Meet the Dullards. You can't go wrong with any of these.


Favorite Fiction: Did You Ever Have a Family

Favorite Nonfiction: Oregon Trail (Yes, it was my only nonfiction. It was also endlessly fascinating.)

How was July for you? Did you have a clear favorite for the month? I'd love to hear about it!

July 20, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 07/20/2015

Hosted by Sheila at Book Journey

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I thoroughly enjoyed The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck. If the only thing you remember about the trail is the computer game you played in middle school you need to get your hands on a copy of this book. Immediately.

Of course I clambered aboard the bandwagon and read Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman. I'm not ashamed. I don't regret it. It made me think, it made me angry, and it made me cry. What more can you really ask for? 

I read A Man Called Ove yesterday. What an absolute gem of a book. Was I the last person in the world to read it? I'll definitely be looking forward to reading Backman's sophomore effort: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You I'm Sorry

Currently Reading/Upcoming:

I am suffering from a severe case of too-many-books-to-choose-from-itis. You may have run into it yourself at some point in your reading life? I'm sure you have. I think that a shelf organizing and purging session would do me a world of good. Now to make time to do so...

Until then I can only say that I have no idea what I'll be reading next. I'm eyeing up a number of things. Maybe Between the World and Me?  The Beautiful Bureaucrat is also in the running. Time will tell.

As of now I'm getting ready to head to the beach with my family and won't have to make the book decision until later. Have a great week, everyone! Tell me what you're reading!