What I’ve Been Reading

I have been too sick to read as much as I wanted the past few months. In fact, I watched the entire Gilmore Girls series and Fringe, until it got too weird. So, I decided to wait until now to sum up November and December together. It really breaks my heart that I was so sick because sharing what I read each month is the post that I look forward to the most!

2016 What I've Been Reading

Girl Waits With Gun

Girl Waits With Gun

Verdict: I wanted to like the novel.

You can read my full review here. My quick summary:

I wanted to like this novel. I was so excited to read it, but I could only chip away at it, 30 minutes a night for a month.



Verdict: High entertainment value, yet cheesey

A bit cheesy, I still couldn’t put it down. I read it during every opportunity, which says a lot for the entertainment value! It was a nice book to read after reading some slow, arduous reads.

Pretending to Dance

Pretending To Dance Review by Back to Carolina

Verdict: An interesting novel

I wrote an indepth review here. This is a quick summary:

If you are a Diane Chamberlain fan, you should definitely pick it up. Otherwise, it is kind of a run of the mill fiction novel that employs the popular technique of slowly unraveling a story by switching back and forth between the past and the present. It certainly wasn’t innovative.

Secrets of a Charmed Life

secrets of a charmed life

Verdict: Didactic, yet a good read.

I cried a lot at the end, but it was a beautiful ending. While the moral of the story was VERY directly spoken by the characters, it was still nice. The rest of the novel didn’t feel too didactic.

The Lake House

the lake house

Verdict: A must read for all Morton fans!

You can read my full review here! Here is a quick summary:

My favorite Morton novel yet! While it was highly complex, and I did complain to a friend about that at first, it proved to be worth all of the subplots because they came together beautifully in the end. There was one that I would have liked to have flushed out more, but the novel was so long that I definitely would have chosen to leave it out, too.
And, for what it’s worth, I’ve been taking about a month or so to listen to much shorter novels, but I finished this one within several days because the characters, mystery, and overall story were so compelling. I couldn’t put it down.

Named of the Dragon

named of the dragon book cover

Verdict: Kearsley fans will pick it up.

I wrote a full review that you can read here. Here’s a summary:

Not my favorite Kearsley novel, plus I would only rate this as an average or slightly below average fiction book. I’ve read worse. At least this novel was note resting enough to keep me reading, and at a rather fast pace, because I was sure it was going to get better. And the ending didn’t suck.

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine

Verdict: I read it in a day. That says a lot!

You can read my in-dept review here, but this is a quick summary:

I listened to the audiobook in a single day. It was such an inventive scenario. I’ve never read anything like it – and I wasn’t expecting it, but it was a pleasant surprise. I highly recommend it!

After You

after you

Verdict: The perfect follow up!

I wasn’t sure how to feel about this novel. Me Before You felt like it was perfect, but Moyes nailed it again with the ending of this novel. The meat of the story was interesting, plus the way the story finished couldn’t have been more fitting.

One Step Too Far

one step too far

Verdict: Interesting storytelling technique!

I really had to pay attention, since the narration switched between the first and third person, also switching who each chapter was about. Furthermore, the narrative jumped back and forth in time, but it made for a really interesting way to tell the story. I thought it was an interesting story that was made better through the narrative technique.

I loved the way that the main character’s secret slowly unraveled and made sense to the reader through telling the story out of sequence and switching narrators. I wish I had the talent to tell a story like that!

read these

After You

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine

The Lake House

if you have time

One Step Too Far

Secrets of a Charmed Life

don't bother smaller

Girl Waits With Gun

Named of the Dragon

What I Read: Round Up of Monthly Reads

You can read my past monthly round ups:

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

Also, you can find other individual book reviews, tips on saving money on Audible books, book recommendations based on genres and all things related to literature here!

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Did you read anything good last month? Are you participating in any challenges? What should I be reading?

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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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