Reading RoundUp #43

Who else gets ridiculously excited when library holds come in?? Ironically, two much anticipated books arrived while I was in Ireland. So, I had to ask the library to keep them a bit longer than usual. I wasn’t missing out on Us Against You and An American Marriage! I just love libraries. As usual, I’m linking up with Jana Says and Modern Mrs Darcy for their mini book reviews this month. 

P.S. The photo below is from our recent trip to Ireland! I just posted the first part of my trip recap if you want to see what we did!

Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

This week’s Reading Roundup!

Work Book (for lunch time reading):

Us Against Youby Fredrik Backman – I consumed Beartown in less than 24 hours, so it’s safe to say I was eager to continue the series. I’m about halfway through and am finding this just as thought-provoking as Beartown. Hockey is still the centerpiece, but at it’s heart this deals with human emotions, feelings, and reactions that are familiar to us all. 


House Books:

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – This book is popping up on book lists, blog posts, and bookstagrams everywhere. A newlywed couple is ripped apart when the husband is sentenced to jail for 12 years. Although the wife fiercely believe he’s innocent, the passage of time and proximity of the best man at their wedding threatens their marriage. When the husband is suddenly released early, he returns to a different life than the one he left. Full Goodreads review here!


Kindle Books:

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton – I’m a diehard Kate Morton fan, so I was thrilled to hear she’s releasing a new book in October. Fortuitously, I discovered NetGalley last month and was actually approved for an ARC of her novel!!! Unfortunately, this one doesn’t quite live up to her other amazing works. Full Goodreads review here!


Audio Books (listening on Scribd):

When Life Gives you Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger – The Devil Wears Prada is classic chick lit with memorable characters. In this third book, Emily takes center stage. It’s tons of fun to listen to and I’m laughing along while in the car.  


From Around the Web:

The Great American Read  If you haven’t heard, PBS is hosting a nation-wide search for America’s favorite novel. Check out the website for the 100 contenders and vote for your pick!

The Great British Bake Off is Back! – Turns out, Season 5 in the US is actually the third season aired in England. Here’s a list of a few other differences you’ll notice this season.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Recipe – With the upcoming release of the movie on Netflix, this is the perfect post to get ready! The Hungry Bookworm is a delightful blog that features reviews paired with recipes inspired by the book. 

Check out Reading RoundUp #42 for more of my recent reads!

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  1. It’s so refreshing to stumble upon a blog full of book love! Gosh, I used to be such a big reader, and now I can’t even remember the last time I really sat down and read a book. It’s so sad! This was inspiring though, so maybe I’ll finally do just that this weekend! xo

    1. Thank you! This is my outlet when friends and family get tired of me talking books ha. You should definitely go read this weekend!! If you need suggestions, I love book matchmaking 🙂

  2. I’m with you – I love when library holds come in! Except when I don’t time them well and I get 5 or 6 at a time! I LOVE Kate Morton, so I’m really glad to hear you’re loving her new book! I’ll have to wait til October to get my pre-ordered copy.

  3. I am ashamed to admit that I don’t even have a library card. Between my own TBR mountain and review copies, I don’t need anything else to read. I hope you enjoy all the books you are currently reading. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  4. I love the library too, especially when I get very new just released books from there! I would like to read An American Marriage, and have been seeing it around in lots of places.

  5. I’m so curious about An American Marriage – such a heartbreaking premise, and sadly one that seems to too often happen (innocent people in jail, though obviously I don’t know if HE is innocent as I need to read it…) I hear Oprah is turning it into a movie!


  6. yay for netgalley and The Clockmaker’s Daughter! it’s on my list so fingers crossed it’s as good as her others. glad you’re enjoying Us Against You. I also devoured Beartown in less than 24 hours so I was expecting the same lol which is probably unfair!

    1. Us Against You didn’t have the same sense of urgency and can’t put it down nature as Beartown, but it’s full of those amazing human insights that Backman writes like no one else can. Plus, all the same characters are here so I honestly thought it was very very close to being as good as Beartown.

    1. So far I probably fall somewhere in the middle. It’s not one of my favorite books I’ve read this year, but the characters are unique and I like that some of it is written in letters.

  7. First of all, THANK YOU for the shoutout on my Guernsey post/recipe. Much appreciated 🙂

    Secondly, I NEED to read An American Marriage. I’ve had it since it was a BOTM (I can’t even remember…earlier this year), but I keep putting it aside for other reads. I’ll try to make it a point to pick up this month or next. And, The Clockmaker’s Daughter sounds fascinating. I’ll have to check it out when it’s released.

    1. You’re welcome! That’s one benefit of a library hold – it forces you to read right away!

  8. I had no clue there was a follow-up to Beartown! It was such a great book, and with the ending I guess I just assumed it was a stand-alone.

    1. It definitely could be a stand-alone, but the sequel is absolutely worth reading. It picks up right where the first one left off and continues the stories of all the characters. If you liked Beartown you’ll love this as well.

  9. So excited for Guernsey!! I have been watching TGBBO’s new season too. Though just episode by episode. Enjoying it so much. I was sad when I ran out of episodes on Netflix! Netgalley is great, until I over-requested and had a low review rating. hahha I caught up and am in more of a groove with it now. 🙂 I hope to get the Morton book! 🙂 Hope you had so much fun in Ireland! XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    1. Ha I felt the same way when I watched the last one on Netflix. Thankfully PBS comes through for us!

  10. I just requested When Life Gives Your Lululemons from the library! There are 30 people ahead of me in line but I’m still excited!!

  11. so many I want to read on your list. I loved Beartown and can’t wait for Us Against You. American Marriage is also on my tbr. I attended a book event where Lauren Wiseberger talked about her new book. I haven’t read the first two so I’m going to work on that this fall. Pam 🙂

    1. That book event sounds like so much fun! I follow her on Instagram and love seeing what she’s up to – she seems like a blast.

  12. I love everything about this roundup! I’m currently reading Us Against You, as well, and An American Marriage is next on my list (waiting for it to arrive at the library). In its place, I’m reading A Place for Us at the moment and I love it so far. Also have been looking forward to When Life Gives you Lululemons and didn’t even think to get it as an audiobook – that might be my next audible pick! And I must say – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society already came out in the UK and I loved every moment of it. It made me want to read the book again, though, so that’s also on my TBR. The list just keeps growing!

  13. Ha ha, I’m totally the same way about my holds coming in at the library! And my hold for Us Against You just came in, so I just started that one this week (though I haven’t had as much time to read it yet as I’ve wanted, so I’m not far!). I’m also thinking I want to jump on the An American Marriage train because like you said, it’s cropping up everywhere, and I can’t stand being on the outside!

  14. I have been reading raving reviews about An American Marriage but I have held off because I think it will be a hard read/heartbreaking and I honestly am not ready for that right now. Life is busy and hectic enough right now that I think lighter reads will help keep reading relaxing in this season vs adding extra weight and sadness. But I hope to get to it eventually

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