Reading RoundUp #39

After two business trips in the past two weeks, I feel like I’ve had loads of travel time to devote to reading. After taking on the 770 page behemoth that is Dublin by Edward Rutherford, I’m currently appreciating a few shorter books. I’m also linking up with Show Us Your Books as usual!


This week’s Reading Roundup!

Work Book (for lunch time reading):

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – HBO is releasing a movie based on this classic in May. It’s been quite a few years since my last read, so I figured now was a perfect time. The trailers for the movie look incredible. Luckily, at less than 200 pages I should finish this in plenty of time. 


House Books:

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – I searched my library for an easy breezy break from historical fiction / sci-fi and this delivered. Two co-workers who detest each other are vying for the same role. The tension grows and turns into something neither of them expected. Can’t beat an office romance and a happy ending! 

Where Hope Begins by Catherine West – My first book tour read! I’m reviewing this in June over at Literary Quicksand. It arrived in the mail already so I decided to get a jump start. I’m excited to get back into reading a Christian fiction novel.

On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder – I decided to start rereading the Little House series last year and it continues to delight. As Laura gets older, the stories become a bit more complex. I’m identifying more with Ma this time around and find her willingness to go along with Pa’s adventures truly admirable. 

Kindle Books:

Home: Interstellar by Ray Strong – This is my current read for IndieReader and it’s surprisingly decent, so far. A sci-fi novel about a young woman trying to save her family’s spaceship and find a mysterious “home” planet. 


From Around the Web:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Book Review Full book reviews aren’t usually my cup of tea, but I had lots to talk about with Eleanor!  

Books and Bottles Books AND wine?? Yes, please. The subscription box of my dreams. 

How to Build Your Home Library on a Budget  I love buying books every chance I get, but I’d never be able to support this habit buying them full price. This is a great list of resources for finding discount and used books! 

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  1. Oh, On the Banks of Plum Creek was one of my favorite Little House books! I think I loved that earth-sheltered house. I’ve started reading the books with my six-year-old, but so far she’s not as into them as I was–she keeps waiting for the excitement of Harry Potter 🙂

    After you finish the series, I highly recommend Caroline: Little House, Revisited. It came out last year and I loved it–and I identified with Ma in a way that I never had before.

    1. It’s funny you mention Caroline – I just heard about it last week! I’m excited to give it a try.

  2. I didn’t really like Fahrenheit 451 when I had to read it in school, but that was so long ago now that I should read it again, especially before the movie comes out!

  3. I always assumed I read Fahrenheit 451 in high school but it’s been so long ago that I can’t honestly remember if my knowledge about the book is from reading it myself or being told about it. LOL! I should reread it, especially since it’s a short book. I loved the Little House on the Prairie series! I love that you’re rereading it.

    1. That’s why I had to reread! I seriously couldn’t remember a thing, except the first line haha.

  4. I liked Fahrenheit a lot, I’ve read it a few times for school and just in life. It’s short enough to read it in a few hours. I didn’t know they were releasing a movie based on it.

  5. I have a terrible confession to make… a while ago, I read Fahrenheit 451 and 1984 and I used to get them confused!! but I’m excited to watch the HBO movie, especially because of Michael B Jordan

  6. i’m always looking to save money on books (i buy waaaayy too many) so definitely checking that link out. The Hating Game is one of my faves, she has a new book coming out later this year that i’ve already preordered (see aforementioned buying too many books lol).

    1. It’s a constant struggle. I also have zero need for additional books, yet just. keep. buying. I might have to preorder because I’m dying to read her new one!

  7. I recently saw the previous for Fahrenheit 451 too, and they look great! I may need to re-read the book as well.

    I’ve heard great things about The Hating Game, but mostly in passing – I wasn’t sure what it was about. Sounds good, I’m going to add it to my TBR 🙂

    1. Hope you like The Hating Game. The author is coming out with a second book soon, so I’m hoping it’s just as enjoyable.

  8. Awwww the Banks of Plum Creek! I remember Ma sweeping the dirt floor. I saw Caroline in the book store this weekend and was sorely tempted now that I am of Ma -age. Will my Eleanor Oliphant hold ever come up?

  9. I read The Hating Game in April and enjoyed it. It was a good vacation, by the pool book. I started reading the LHOP series back in February but only read Little House in the Big Woods. Maybe I can get to a few more this summer. Pam 🙂

  10. I have never read the Little House series. I am hoping to start/read it this year though. 🙂 I know that some of it is a little outdated and no longer PC… which makes me a bit anxious. It’s always hard to separate bits and pieces like that with older books, etc. You know what I mean? I have Fahrenheit 451 on my shelf and haven’t read that before either. I’m excited to get to it eventually! XO – Alexandra

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    1. My take is that older books were written in a different time period, so I don’t usually judge them by today’s standards. In this case though, there’s not much in Little House on the Prairie I found troubling. It’s pretty much just a light-hearted memory of life during that time, which I find quite delightful. Hope you decide to read it : )

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