Time flew by this marking period, and with it, the 17 books I managed to listen to -- and the three I actually sat down to read! Here's my list:
My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
Little Big Lies by Liane Moriarty
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
The Blessings by Elise Juska
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
Born for Love by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz
A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry
Nine, Ten by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
A Truck Full of Money by Tracy Kidder
Nonfiction titles: 7
Fiction titles: 13
Some reflections, as usual…
Weird Science. I’m surprising myself with the interest I have in science and research. Considering I had to take biology twice in high school because I found it beyond boring, I guess I’m proof that we’re all works in progress.
Yay for YA! I didn’t think it would be possible for me to find too many “literary” YA titles, but I was proven wrong. On Twitter one day, I expressed how frustrating it was to rate a YA title, claiming that 5 stars on Goodreads for a YA novel was more like 4 on a traditional title. Well, that led to my getting several recommendations for new YA titles.
There’s Magic in the Middle. I have zero reasons to read middle grades books. Okay, I have a kid going into middle school next year, but the middle grades books I’m reading are definitely not the titles he would be choosing. I’m just reading them because they’re good. And yes, I know they are below my reading level. I don’t care.
I Don’t Suffer Fools -- or Books. Only one of the books on my list this marking period was one that I felt “dragged” or that I had to “grit my teeth” to finish. If it had been a hard copy book and not an audiobook, I might have abandoned it, but I’m happy with my choices, overall.
Finding the Balance. I felt as if the range of books I selected represented my interests, but it also showed me how I am able to diversify my book choices and select a variety of titles.
Looking forward to a new marking period -- and to enjoying lots of new books!