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As I write this I’m very nearly giddy knowing that there are only two and a half days of school left for the year. Every teacher out there looks forward to summer and I’m no exception. I love summer for so many reasons starting with freedom! School gets out at noon on Wednesday and later that afternoon, I’ll be hopping on a plane to go visit my Montana grandkids for several days. It’s been far too long since I’ve seen them, so am very excited. The plane trip is short, but I’ll still enjoy some uninterrupted time for books.
Last Week’s Reads
- I finished Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner very early in the week and reviewed it last Thursday. I really liked Weiner’s take on the lives of two sisters spanning more than 60 years. You can see my full review here.
- The audiobook for City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert was definitely on the long side for me, but it was well done and I especially enjoyed the middle third of her book. I’ll be sharing a full review tomorrow.
- How Could She by Lauren Mechling followed three friends navigating slowly dying careers in the tough world of print media. That side of the book was only so-so for me, but the much larger story of shifting friendships was where this book’s real strength lived. I’m going to be sharing my full thoughts on Thursday.
Book I Could NOT Finish
- For me the title was very apt in Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Ackner. This tale of a recently separated father and his recent adventures in dating was a bore. Sadly, it was one of those books I just couldn’t care about. I quit at about 15%.
- I’ve only read about 15% of After The End by Clare Mackintosh, but so far really like this book. It tells the story of Pip and Max who are dealing with the devastation of their not yet 3-year old son having a cancerous brain tumor. The prologue made it clear the two end up in court, with opposing viewpoints on treatment, and I’m anxious to see how it gets there.
- A couple weeks ago on Sarah’s Bookshelves Live, I heard Sarah and Mary Laura Philpott both raving about Out East, John Glynn’s memoir of the summer he realized he was gay. I immediately added it to my audiobook TBR list. I’ve only listened to the first 30 minutes, so that’s a little early for any thoughts of my own.
Likely to Read Next
- The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo is a very long book at 540 pages, but I’m not letting that scare me off. This book spans more than a half century in the lives of a devoted Chicago couple and their four struggling daughters. It sounds like exactly the sort of story that often speaks to me.
I hope you have a great week in books!
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