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Good thing I read a lot of books earlier this month because this last week was all fits and starts. Keeping up with a 2-year old and 5-year old leaves little time for anything else. Bravo to all of you who do it every single day. My reading was off, but I can’t really blame the kiddos. My choices weren’t great, either. I did get one huge project done last week though; I finished my Novel Visits Fall Preview 2018 and will be sharing the 16 fall release books I’m most looking forward to tomorrow. You’ll want a paper and pen handy for this one!
Last Week’s Read
I started out the week reading The Oracle Year by Charles Soule, but by the midpoint I just couldn’t do it anymore. The story kept getting stranger and stranger until I flat out didn’t care what was going to happen. For my sanity, I had no choice but to make it a DNF. Since fiction wasn’t working, I decided to go with a memoir and turned to All Happy Families by Jeanne McCulloch. This one was much easier reading, but again I wasn’t really drawn in. It’s a memoir of many things: a family home by the sea, happy marriages that stop being happy, alcoholism, wealth, endings. McCulloch’s memoir didn’t do much for me and I’m not planning on doing a review, so this is it.
I’m still listening to Our House by Louise Candlish. I got a chapter in here and there last week, but didn’t make a huge amount of progress in this story of a woman who comes home to find her house has been sold and strangers are moving in. I will say that the plot seems to be getting more and more unbelievable the further I go. On the plane last night, I started The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling. It’s the story of a single-mother who flees her hectic life and retreats to the safety of the high desert home left to her by her grandparent. I’m definitely not far enough along to have an opinion yet.
Likely to Read Next
I have loads of September books on my “to be read” list and Not Our Kind by Kitty Zeldis is where I’ll turn next. The time feels right to read this post-WWII historical fiction about two women with completely different backgrounds who develop an unlikely friendship. While I was out of town a few library holds came in which I may or may not get to, but the audiobook hold on No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol is one I’m definitely going to try. After All Happy Families, I’m a little hesitant on memoirs. Hopefully, listening to this one from a successful woman who at 40 hadn’t met society’s expectations of a having a husband or child will fix that.
I hope you have a great week in books!
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Sarah's Book Shelves says
Can’t wait to see your preview! Mine is coming on Thursday…and I definitely don’t have 16 books! I’m a little light for this Fall.
Well, we’ll see how it goes. I’m excited to compare our lists.
Can’t wait for your preview! I haven’t even started on mine, I better get to work:) Have a great week Susie1
I had to get mine done because next week I’m pretty much back at work.
JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing says
Sounds like a frustrating reading week. Can’t wait for your fall preview!
Thanks, JoAnn. Hope you find a book or two on it.
I really love the cover on Not Our Kind. Looking forward to your fall preview!
Kathy Martin says
Nice variety of books. I’m sorry that they weren’t all winners. I hope this week’s choices are more enjoyable. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
Thanks for stopping by, Kathy.
I’m eagerly awaiting No One Tells You This from my library. I am really in the mood for a good memoir. Hope you like that one better than your last memoir read!
Have you read From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein? It was a great memoir I read earlier this summer. You might want to try it. (There’s a review on my blog.)
Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life says
I am interested in reading your fall preview! I really need to plan mine out. Lol. I will wait until I read yours though, for inspiration!
I am sorry you had a bit of a bummer week of reading. Sometimes books just don’t fit right. I hope this week is a better one!
Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
Thanks for stopping by, Erin. I enjoyed visiting your blog earlier and found your family’s journey touching.
Looking forward to your fall 16 to add to my already overwhelming TBR list.
Isn’t that the truth? I know as I see more lists in the next couple weeks my own will get completely out of control!
I hope you like some of your upcoming books more than you’ve liked some of your recent ones.
Aj @ Read All The Things! says
Ooh, I’ll have to look for your upcoming releases post. Have a great week. Hopefully this one is less hectic for you.
Thanks, AJ. I’m determined to have a calmer week.
I just ordered Golden State from my local bookshop. My weekly updates
I’m almost halfway through and mostly like it. Her insights on motherhood are brilliant!