Reading Roundup #53

Welcome to my first reading roundup since baby Connor arrived!! I’m happy to report that there is still some reading happening in our house. We’re both thoroughly enjoying the nursery – mom reads while he sleeps 🙂

Work Book (for lunchtime reading):

This category is on hiatus while I’m home on maternity leave!


House Books:

The Farm by Joanne Ramos – I received an ARC of this intriguing novel and am absolutely devouring it when I have the time. Women are recruited to become “Hosts” at an upscale resort where they carry babies for rich clients. Shady actions and manipulation abound!

Rooted by Banning Liebscher – This showed up on another blogger’s list and I immediately requested it from the library. This will be my second nonfiction Christian book toward my 2019 goal. It focuses on how God develops you before you can make a more visible impact on the world.



Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman – I’m halfway through this collection of short memoirs about advice he wants to give his young son. Now that I have a child of my own, some of the insights and thoughts are even more meaningful.


Around the Web:

Introducing my Used Book Shop – Since we have over 600 books in our house (and keep buying more), I thought it would be fun to start selling some of my favorites in an online book store! Check out the selection or let us know if there’s a particular book you want to read and we’ll try to hunt it down at library book sales!

Reading Harry Potter to Kids – I cannot wait to start this process with Connor!!

Mary Berry Train Ride – Afternoon tea on a train ride through the English countryside and a Mary Berry meet and greet. This sounds like heaven.

For more mini reviews, check out Reading Roundup #52!


    1. That’s interesting that you didn’t like Backman’s latest because I flew through it (well, as fast as I could with a newborn haha). Goes to show each reader is different 🙂

  1. I like your idea of a personal online used bookshop. Good luck with it!

    I have the Farm from NetGalley as well and started to read it when the library bombarded me with holds. It’s the first one I plan to pick up when all of those books are done. I’ve heard good things about it so I’m excited.

  2. I added The Farm to my list of books to check out. It sounds good in a will make me angry sort of way.

  3. I’ve seen The Farm but really didn’t know what it was about – sounds very intriguing. Adding it to my TBR. Love the idea of an online used bookstore! I have such a hard time parting with my books because I’m a huge baby but they take up so much space. It’s why I finally got a kindle but I still love the feel of physical books.

    1. I just sold my first book yesterday and my thoughts were equally “Hooray!” and “Oh, I’m going to miss that one” haha.

  4. glad you liked the farm! i keep seeing it around but not sure it’s something i can handle right now. love the used book shop, i know i have 600 books at home unread, that does not count the books i’ve already read and decided to keep lol. i could probably start my own shop. i keep meaning to check out my library’s sale but i really don’t need any more books.

  5. Congratulations on the birth of your son Connor! I have a Conor too! He is 22 and just graduated from college. I am going to a book event next week where the author of The Farm will be one of the panelists. I think I am going to pick up the book that night. I also jealous of the used book shop. I want to do this in real life. I have soooo many books and need to lighten the load. Is it hard to do? Pam

  6. I just got The Farm from Netgalley and am excited to read it! I had no idea what Backman’s book was about, but I’ve read and enjoyed his novellas, so I think I’d like this one as well. Good luck with your used bookshop!

  7. The Farm sounds really good! Definitely adding that to my “want to read list”. I tend not to buy books very much because I’m a librarian and just borrow them from other libraries when I can, but I love the idea of an online used bookshop. Good luck with it!

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