Reading Roundup #55

I seem to be reading quite a lot of series lately. The Inspector Gamache series is my new favorite and I’m thrilled that there are so many still ahead of me! I’m linking up with Jana Says and Modern Mrs Darcy as usual to share mini reviews our recent reads!

Work Book (for lunchtime reading):

This category is on hiatus while I’m home on maternity leave! Only a week to go before I’m back at work 🙁


House Books:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – I’m a big fan of rereading books and this did not disappoint. I somehow forgot everything that happened so parts were still suspenseful. Now the big question is whether to continue the series… Last time I only made it halfway through book two before abandoning it. Any suggestions??

The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny – On to #3! I wasn’t as big of a fan of the second book in this series, but the third is living up to my former expectations! It’s also just a bit creepy which is making it a daytime read hehe.



Husband Material by Emily Belden – Thanks to NetGalley for sending this my way! I just realized it doesn’t come out until December, so it’s a good one to preorder, forget about, then be pleasantly surprised when it unexpectedly shows up! I love that the main character is a coder working in L.A.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum – Now that I’m reading more ebooks on my Kindle (#momlife) I signed up for Modern Mrs Darcy’s ebook sale emails to buy more through Amazon. So far I haven’t paid for any because I’m using the digital credits we receive when we choose to delay our Prime shipments. We buy so many things through Amazon that those credits really add up! Long story short, this book was one of those purchases haha. It’s a young adult novel about an anonymous email friend that helps the new girl navigate her high school. I’m addicted to books told through emails/texts so I like this a lot so far.


Audio Books:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – I had to wait a bit for #3 to become available through my library. So happy it’s finally here!


Around the Web:

Calculate Reading Time – This fancy website helps figure out how long it will take you to read any book. You can even update the reading speed to whatever yours is (there’s a test for that too).

Summer Reading Chart – A free printable chart to keep track of your summer reading. Great for kids or adults!


For more mini reviews, check out Reading Roundup #54!


  1. What a nice assortment of books. I read mostly on my Kindle but am currently alternating some print books from TBR mountain and Kindle books. I really want to lower TBR mountain! Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  2. I listen to all of Louise Penny’s books on audio. Love them! I only made it partway into the second Outlander book way back when, too, so have no advice for you. I did listen to the first one on audio and then tried to read the second in print because I couldn’t find an audiobook thru the library at the time, so I may have just missed hearing the Scottish accent!

    1. I would LOVE to listen to Outlander just for the Scottish accents. I’m sure it adds so much fun to the story

  3. i have been meaning to reread outlander, it’s been like 4 years for me so i’m sure i will have forgotten a lot of it. i have the husband material book on my kindle, sounds cute!

    1. It’s wonderful! If you have Amazon prime it should come up as an option when you select your shipping preferences at checkout

  4. I’ve only read book #1 in the Inspector Gamache series and I loved him but Nicole (I think) I despised and haven’t continued the series because of her. Heather from Heather’s Hurrah said they start getting really good at book #4 and I’ve honestly considered just restarting there, although it sounds like #3 is pretty good too.

    1. Oooh yes she was awful. She plays a smaller role in the next two, but I’m sure you’d be fine skipping to #4 too.

  5. I’m afraid to add Louise Penny to my list since you have to read in order and they get better after 4 books, that’s a lot to get through!

  6. Tell Me Three Things is on my to read list already. I own Outlander. I tried reading it ages ago and didn’t get past the first 100 pages or so. My husband read the book, even though it took him almost a year (he’s not a big reader!). Big books are daunting for me (it took me six months to read the first Game of Thrones!).

  7. Outlander has my heart. I really enjoyed season 1 of the show as well. I haven’t read book two yet, and honestly I was on the fence about it… but I know just the teeniest bits about the settings for books 3 and 4 that I’m going to give it a go. I think I do want to re-read book one though… and it’s just such a commitment since they are all so long… so I haven’t started yet. LOL Let me know how it goes if you try again. 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    1. I’ve also heard that the books get better once you get past #2. Maybe I’ll sort of skim through it…

  8. I love getting the ebook credits on Amazon too! I’ve only read the first book in the Inspector Gamache series, but do want to continue on with it eventually.

  9. “So far I haven’t paid for any because I’m using the digital credits we receive when we choose to delay our Prime shipments.”

    Holy crap, I think you just changed my life. I was only seeing options for Amazon Pantry (or whatever it’s calle) credits so I tuned out but digital credits? I can wait a few days more for freaking flypaper if it means Kindle books!

    I never read the Outlander sequels because it was WAY too torture-y for me. Years later I only remember the violence and not really the plot. I wonder if the sequels are less violent?

    1. Yes!!! The digital credits are so worthwhile. It’s rare that I actually need something in two days. I’m super happy this was a helpful tip!!

  10. I’ve read the whole Outlander series (and have seen only two episodes of the show) and I feel it’s worth it! I’ve actually reread books 1-5 at various times. They’re great when you’re going to the hospital for tests and don’t know how long it will take…. Book 2 is kind of annoying in the way it jumps back and forth from Claire’s story in the 20th century to “what I didn’t tell you in Book 1 about what happened in the 18th century,” but both stories are worth reading.

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