Reading RoundUp #42

It’s finally Friday! We have NO plans this Saturday or Sunday and it’s glorious. I’ll hopefully be reading a lot and deciding what to bake next on my Baking Bucket List. Irish soda bread maybe? I’m linking up with Jana Says and Modern Mrs Darcy for their mini book reviews this month.  

My husband made me a bookshelf!

This week’s Reading Roundup!

Work Book (for lunch time reading):

Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble – I received this book from TLC Book tours and am posting a review next week over on Literary Quicksand. It’s a classic summer beach read about two old friends who reconnect after one ditches her wedding. At this point it’s dragging a bit, but I’m hoping the story will pick up as I get closer to the end. 


House Books:

The Circle by Dave Eggars – I found this book for $1 at a library book sale! I’m always excited when I can read the novel before watching the movie. Technology, surveillance, and privacy are all explored in this one. 


Kindle Books (reading on Scribd):

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – It’s taken less than a week to read the first two books in this series! I’m utterly hooked, abandoning everything so I can read it whenever I have a spare minute. The character arcs are well-written and enticing in A Court of Mist and Fury. 


Audio Books (listening on Scribd):

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes – Hearing Cary narrate his memories from the set is an absolute delight. I am thrilled to discover the cast and crew enjoyed making this film as much as I love watching it. 

By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank – We just visited Charleston, so I picked this one as soon as I realized it’s set in the Low Country. Two mothers of a young couple getting married, one a farmer in SC and one a city wife, interact at the engagement parties for their children. I’m about halfway through and not enjoying it quite as much as I hoped. 


From Around the Web:

10 Audiobooks for Road Trips The Novel Endeavor shares her favorite audiobooks for your next summer road trip. 

TV Show Younger’s Marriage VacationIs anyone else addicted to the TV Land show, Younger? It’s stars Sutton Foster as a woman who lies about her age to get a job at a publishing company. In a brilliant marketing ploy, one of the books from the show is actually being published!! This list discusses all the connections between the actual book and the show. 

Frozen Food for the Win! – Jay converted me to frozen veggies and we use them in practically every dinner now. I love that they’re just as nutritious as fresh produce and are ridiculously easy to throw in the microwave. 

Check out Reading RoundUp #41 for more of my recent reads!

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  1. I’m so jealous of your bookshelf. It’s beautiful! There are few things better than finding a good book deal! I don’t think the movie, The Circle, did very well. Hopefully the book is much better (it usually is).

    1. Thank you! It’s wonderful to have piles of books off the floor (where they were previously stored haha!)

  2. Your bookshelf is so pretty! Kudos to your husband! I saw the movie The Circle and thought it was kind of weird, I think it may be quite different from the book. Have a great weekend!

  3. Dorothea Benton Frank used to be an automatic pre-order for me, but her last 3 books have been really disappointing. Pretty sure I didn’t even finish last summer’s….

  4. I loved A Court of Mist and Fury as well! I love all the books in that trilogy, but that one is always going to be my favorite. I’m so glad you’re enjoying As You Wish! I got my hands on a copy a couple weeks ago and have wanted to dive, but I was somewhat hesitant because sometimes behind-the-scenes books aren’t great so I’m happy this one is good! Your bookshelf is so gorgeous!

    1. I’m excited for Book 3, but I have a feeling Book 2 will be my favorite as well. I can’t imagine anything topping it! Hopefully you enjoy As You Wish. Let me know what you think!

  5. The older I get, the bigger my smile when I say I have absolutely no plans for the weekend… 🙂

    I got The Circle out from the library a few months ago (along with like 7 other books), but I ran out of time to read it before it had to be returned. I refuse to watch the movie until I’ve read the book, haha! I’ll have to give it another go, but I definitely want to tackle As You Wish first. Ah, young Cary Elwes… how I enjoy looking at thee.

    Happy weekend!

    1. Yes!! That’s exactly how we feel about weekends. I actually still haven’t started reading The Circle (I just keep picking up other books instead), but since it’s my book I don’t have to worry about returning it. Phew. Enjoy your weekend too!

  6. You are reading and listening to a nice variety of books. I’m a one-book-at-a-time person and couldn’t do it myself. I sometimes get confused when I only have one plot to keep track of. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. I’ve heard that As You Wish is a fun one, and it really does sound delightful on Audiobook! I’m going to have to see if my library has that available… And in non-book thoughts: I love the idea of a baking bucket list! Totally doing that 🙂

    1. You should definitely give a baking bucket list a try! I’m always curious what other people would put on their list 🙂

  8. Your bookshelf is so pretty!

    I keep seeing The Circle in bookshops and the cover intrigues me but for some reason I’ve never checked to see what the book is about.

    1. The book has honestly been sitting on my couch for a week now, waiting to be picked up. I finally started reading it last night and I’m intrigued so far!

  9. I’ve seen the movie of The Circle and it was pretty good. I’m curious about the book though – hope you enjoy it! It’s such an interesting premise. I’d really like to read As You Wish at some point too.


  10. i really enjoyed the book by Cary Elwes – such an enjoyable experience, and watching the movie again after finding out a lot about the behind the scenes was so fun. i have the Court trilogy on my shelves at home, waiting for a random long weekend where i have nothing planned so i can binge read, because i know i will! that’s what happened with the throne of glass books, i read all of them that were out in like a week. i wish that series was finished because i have basically forgotten all of it lol

    1. I love that plan! I’m interested in starting the Throne of Glass books next, but I’m worried they won’t be as good! I’m glad to hear you liked them.

    1. I should take a picture of the books still on the floor! I also have an entire dresser in our spare room filled with books. Whatever works : )

  11. Nice bookshelf! I love “real” books but hate that they take up so much space. I really wanted to love the Sarah J. Maas books but couldn’t get into them unfortunately. I generally don’t like audiobooks but As You Wish would be amazing since Cary narrates it himself.

    1. Space has certainly become quite a problem – hence why we still have lots of books on the floor…

    1. Yes! I’m planning to rewatch the movie very soon. I’m especially eager to watch for Westley’s broken toe hahaha. Poor guy.

  12. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Circle…..but didn’t like the ending. I saw the movie but as usual, I liked the book better. A Court of Thorns and Roses has been on my to read list forever. I’ve heard such good things about this series.

  13. I saw the movie The Circle without knowing it was a book and really loved it, so I’m sure the book is even better! I’ve also heard good things about the Court of Thorns series. Right now I just dived into The Ember in the Ashes series and I am really enjoying to so far! I’m so happy to have found your blog through the linkup! 🙂

  14. What did you think of “The Circle” novel? I found it under the Christmas tree when it was released & really enjoyed it – so many things to ponder, especially as technology & social media continue to evolve.

    1. I’m about 1/4 of the way through now and it’s fascinating but a bit eerie. I can definitely see some of these technological privacy invasions happening and I’m not a fan ha! It’s a good read so far though.

  15. I found The Circle book to be sooo good, but I thought the movie was not great (just a warning!).

    P.S. I love that blue-grey shade of your bookshelf – lovely!

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