What I Read Last Month

what i read last month



outlanderSince I’ve been on a historical fiction kick, and this book is being released as a TV series, I thought that I’d give it a try. The concept was interesting (involving time travel), but the sex scenes felt gratuitous and contrived. I can definitely see the appeal and how it will translate well onto the small screen. I don’t think I’ll be finishing the series, though.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

zeldaI thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I remember when it came out, but I didn’t think that I would be interested–even though I love F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work. It wasn’t until I recently watched Midnight in Paris that I realized that I knew almost nothing about the biographies of either Fitzgerald. During the movie, I got all of the Hemingway and other author jokes, but the Fitzgeralds were a mystery to me.

Cider House Rules:

cider house rulesI chose to read this novel because it’s on the list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die, which has turned out to be a great list, plus I knew it was a well received movie. I enjoyed this novel a lot, especially because of the time period in which it was set, and it was quite thought provoking. I definitely want to watch the movie now!

Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God:

disabilityThis was a short e-book that I got as a free resource, which you can also download here. It was a quick, but powerful read. I made a ton of highlights on my ipad. I have a blog post regarding some of the things that I learned in the works. Stay tuned!


middlesexI ended up loving this book. It was a slow go at first, but by the end, I couldn’t put it down! It wasn’t what I was expecting, and I love how the narrative wove the stories of the entire family together by blending the past and present.

The Black Box:

the black boxThis was a super quick read. I’ve been meaning to read this one for awhile, so it was good to catch up in time for the release of the next Harry Bosch novel this fall. I was a little disappointed with the ending, but I can always hope that some of the unresolved parts are meant to carry on in the next novel.

The Hound of the Baskervilles:

sherlock holmesThis was my first taste of actually reading anything by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I’ve watched countless movies and tv shows inspired by Sherlock Holmes–I’ve even watched a documentary about the character–but I’ve never read anything before. I liked it a lot!

Later this week, I will be posting my reading goals for August!

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What did you read this month?






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Summer Reading: July Reads

Summer reading is really the best, and I am on a huge reading kick this summer! I mean, reading all year long is great, but when it’s too hot to be outside unless it’s early in the morning or late at night, summer reading fits the bill. Last summer, I was too busy dating my now husband to read much–I preferred getting to know him to my traditional summer reading, I guess.

Am I the only one who participated in every single Summer Reading program that the library offered? I am pretty sure I’m one of the kids who made them change it from number of books read to hours read, because I could tear through the Babysitters’ Club books like nobody’s business.

july reads


The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God’s Eyes by Robert S. McGee: My mom recommended this one to me! I could easily sit down and read it in a few days, but it’s so rich with wisdom (and the $2 Kindle version comes with the workbook at the back) that I’m taking my time to read it and do the workbook a little bit each day.


Arthur & George by Julian Barnes: I love the style of this book. It is written about two separate characters as they grow up, until their lives intertwine in a way that forever changes real history because this is a novel based on a true story! Arthur is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the guy who invented Sherlock Holmes, nbd) and George, his fellow countryman. I’ll let you read it and figure out the rest!

Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present by E. Fuller Torrey: I started this book because I found Torrey’s most recent publication, American Psychosis to be a fascinating history of the American deinstitutionalization of psychiatric patients. I’m only about 30% through this book, but I am interested to see how he will prove his thesis!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: This book has been on my Audible suggestions for months. I finally read that it’s being turned into a television series, so I thought I would give it a go. Plus, if I like it, it’s a whole series!



I’m a big fan of used books. Thriftbooks is an awesome online resource, if your library is as sparse as mine!


Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: This is classic, and I’m on the late bus.

The Black Box by Michael Connelly: It’s summer. I like easy books. I like mysteries. I love Michael Connelly, plus I’ve had this sitting on my shelf for a long time.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler: I love F. Scott Fitzgerald, of course. But what really piqued my interest in this novel was my recent viewing of Midnight in Paris. I laughed a lot at all of the literary jokes in the movie (while my husband was a bit confused because he does computers and stuff), but I realized that I knew almost nothing about Zelda Fitzgerald. Last month, I tried to read her novel, but the prose was so impossible that I had to put it down. The introduction to the book said that the novel was basically an autobiographical novel anyway, so I thought that I would try something a little bit more lucid.

Cider House Rules by John Irving: Not only is this on the list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die, but it’s had great critical reception. Additionally, everyone on Goodreads seemed to like it too. That’s good enough for me!

What’s on your list summer reading list? Did you read anything good last month! Let’s talk books!

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