Reading RoundUp #12

Happy Friday folks! Hope everyone else in the Northeast is enjoying the gorgeous weather as much as I am. It’s such a joy to wake up to the sun streaming through the windows and spend time in the evenings reading on our balcony.

Once again, Jay was away for work so I had ample opportunities to catch up on some reading.


Work Book (for lunch time reading):

A Room With A View by E.M. Forster – This novel was my pick for the Classic Romance category of my reading challenge. It’s not long-winded, stuff or overly rambling which is making me enjoy it more than I thought I would.

Apartment Books:

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – This is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series, which features a futuristic twist on classic fairy tales. Each book features a different fairy tale character and their lives slowly intertwine throughout the series. It’s classic young adult writing, nothing spectacular but I’m flying through the stories to find out what happens.

Time of My Life by Alison Winn Scotch – A middle aged women with a perfectly nice husband and child suddenly wakes up years in the past. She finds herself still in a relationship with her old flame, a much more spontaneous and passionate guy and has the opportunity to relive her life as if she had stayed with him. I’m not overly enthralled with this “is the grass greener?” concept, so I’ll give it a few more chapters but might end up abandoning it.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – I’m less than 50 pages into this and I’ve full on sobbed twice already. I feel like I’m watching the first twenty minutes of Up. It’s surprisingly touching and I’m already deeply attached to the old curmudgeon.

Kindle Books:

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – 10 people are summoned to an island and one by one begin to die. Despite generally staying away from the murder mystery genre, I couldn’t help but be pulled in by that story line. It reminds me of an awesome (cheesy / dramatic) TV show from a few years ago called Harpers Island, where someone was killing off friends and family who were vacationing on an island for a wedding. Unfortunately I was much more captivated by the show than I am by the book. All the action is happening “off-page” (that’s definitely not a real term), and I think it’d be more interesting to see how the murders were committed.

After You by JoJo Moyes – This finally became available at the library. I just started and am curious to see how Louisa is handling life after Will. So far I like that Moyes picked up the story pretty soon after Me Before You (not years later).

From Around the Web:

Reading in Paris – Now I want to hop on a flight and find great reading spots in Paris…

Mother’s Day Gift Guide – Real Simple’s list of 42 different gift ideas for your mom. I love the literary tea!

Series vs Standalone Books – Which side do you fall on? I don’t think I’d pick one over the other, though I liked her comment about enjoying fantasy books in series since there’s more opportunities to learn about the world.

Be sure to check out my Book Discussions page and join in on the conversations about Ready Player One, The StandOutlander, and The Nightingale!

What books are you planning to read this weekend?

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  1. Glad you’re finally getting some good weather up there! I’m about half way through Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. It’s one the most unique post-apocalyptic stories I’ve read. Another good page-turner!

    1. I WISH those were my bookshelves : ) It’s actually a picture from a used bookstore I visited.

  2. Thank you so much for mentioning my post! I’m so glad you enjoyed my discussion! 🙂

    Ready Player One, Outlander, and The Nightingale are all on my list of books to read! I’ll definitely check out your posts on those!

  3. After You is still on my list, I’ll get to it eventually!

    I’ve only read one Agatha Christie. I do love the mixer mystery genre.

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