Reading RoundUp #16

Happy Friday everyone!! For some reason this week seemed to drag, so I’m absolutely looking forward to two days off. My highlights of the week were finishing two books and actually running outside! It’s pretty miserable in the heat, but I needed to get out after too much time spent indoors lately. Who else is looking forward to those cooler days where you can sit on the porch/balcony/deck and read??


On to the Roundup!

Work Book (for lunch time reading):

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett – An epic historical fiction novel set in Europe during WWI that follows different families from different social classes and backgrounds. I’m thisclose to the end which is a bit of relief. Since I’m only reading at lunch, it’s taking quite a while to finish this one. The stories and characters are fascinating, but I’m thinking I’ll stick to shorter work books from now on.

Apartment Books:

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel – My Book of the Month selection focuses on the United States’ discovery of body parts for a giant robot which were buried underground. The story is told through interviews, diary entries, and recordings. I’m finally getting close to the end of this one as well. It honestly hasn’t quite met my expectations. 

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler – I picked this off the Young Adult shelf at the library at whim to fulfill my “Book Set in High School” category of the Reading Challenge. Turns out it was a pretty good choice! It’s a basic story about a girl who moves to a small town from NYC and deals with boy/family/enemy/you name it drama. I still enjoyed it – sometimes sweet and simple is perfect.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis – Two of my friends and I decided to try a long distance book swap where we each read a book and make notes in the margins, then pass the book to the next person to read and make notes until it returns to the original owner. I’ve read this once already, but am eager to dive in again and ultimately read their thoughts/notes as well!

Kindle Books:

The Last Star by Rick Yancey – This book is the final installment of The 5th Wave trilogy. I liked the first book, but the series went downhill from there. There seemed to be a lot of philosophical filler and the reason for the invasion never became clear. 

From Around the Web:

Summer Book Giveaway – Off the Shelf is sponsoring a 13 book giveaway! Enter now while you still have the chance. These all look like great summer reads!

50 Bite Size Pieces of Travel Advice – I’m a sucker for these types of articles. I appreciate that this one is to-the-point and has some decent tips.

Olympic Figurine – In case you were wondering, here’s what the athletes are receiving along with their medals this year.

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What books did you finish recently?

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    1. Thanks! I saw it on another blog and just had to try it. It’s really easy to set up if you have friends who are willing : )

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