Books, Lately

I set a goal of reading 65 books this year. Between work, personal and health goings on, I’m pretty far behind sitting at 36 of the 65 books read as of Saturday evening. Not too shabby since it’s over 55% of the way there but still, I’m a little bummed because reading is an escape for me.

Last year I stopped reading heavy books, sad books, any book that has cancer or death mentioned in the first chapter. I stopped listening to the “must read,” lists for the most part and pick up books based upon the descriptions, friend recommendations and covers. I’ve also been trying to add more diverse views into my reading, so books written by someone of a culture or ethnicity than mine.

I’ve been reading totally guilt-free and loving it. Romances. Cozy mysteries. Young Adult. Women’s fiction. Missouri Gateway Award winners (local friends, check out this shelf at your local library! There are some great picks that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise).

One of the ways I’m getting my books lately is the Hoopla app. I *love* it. I can borrow up to 10 titles a month, 21 days each, from my library. (There are other options for tv shows, movies, and audiobooks, too!) It is a bit easier to use than OverDrive and so far I haven’t run into any titles being unavailable which is nice. Double bonus: they had the books by Susan M. Boyer featured for me to borrow, so I’m all caught up on the Liz Talbot series.

I will still use OverDrive on occasion, especially once I’ve hit my 10 title limit in a month, but I’m pretty sure I’m an avid Hoopla for life user, now.

Apart from the online component, I still love to hold a book in my hand. Library. Little Free Library. Books my friends send me/books from their shelves. The Barnes & Noble sale shelf.

Some of the favorites I’ve read lately:

  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. I’m late to this party by about three years but it’s a good, quick read. Highly recommend! I’m delighted to know the author has a new book coming out soon so hopefully it’s just as good.
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. This is billed as a YA novel but it’s a little bit heavier and deeper than some YA, dealing with death, love, bullying and sorting it all out.
  • New York, Actually, by Sarah Morgan. Part of the From Manhattan with Love series, Morgan knocks it out of the park again with a love story that includes dogs, happy endings and a strong-willed female character.
  • Lowcountry Book Club and Lowcountry Bonfire (books 5 and 6 in the Liz Tablot series) by Susan M. Boyer. There is something so fun and comforting about her mysteries and whodunnits. I can’t wait for the seventh book.


I have a mountain of a to -be-read pile and am always adding it to so while I don’t need any suggestions right now, if you have any fun ones, by all means, please share! And tell me, what’s your favorite way to get your books?

5 thoughts on “Books, Lately

  1. Have you read any of the Sue Grafton Kinsey Mahoney novels? Sue started at A is for Alibi and recently released Y is for Yesterday. I love all 25 of the novels and only wish we had more letters in our alphabet! Keep reading, kiddo!


  2. I LOVED The Storied Life of AJ Fikrey. That is one of my all-time favorite books. It was just quirky and delightful. I’m excited to check out her new book! I would just ignore your book goal, as hard as that is, as you’ve been through a lot this year. And sometimes life just gets in the way of goals we have set.

    My reading has been different this year, too, as I stopped doing reading challenges. Now I just read what I feel like reading, plus books for my various book clubs. It’s been so fun and refreshing to read what I want to read versus looking for books that fulfill something on a reading challenge. I mean I enjoyed the reading challenges as they pushed me to read different authors and genres but I am finding that I”m enjoying reading a whole lot more now that I have full control over what I read. I still have off months where the books I read a bit ‘meh’, like during the month of August. But overall this has been a far better reading year for me!


  3. The only book I’ve read that you listed is The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, I will have to add the others to the list!! A really great “light” book that I read at the end of last year was Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield. I found it to be such an enjoyable page turner and highly recommend it if you haven’t yet read it!


  4. The Storied Life of AJ Fikry is one of my favorites. I really hope Gabrielle Zevin’s newest book lives up to that one! Latest favorite light read was Love & Gelato (but it does involve a mother who dies of cancer, so it may not be the best book for you!)


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