What I've Been Reading Lately

by - Monday, December 14, 2015

I used to do nice little monthly wrap-up posts where I'd recap the books I'd read that month. When I was looking back through my archive recently, I realized I hadn't put up a book post since my vacation in July. Such a fail.

I ❤️ bookstores

Granted, my reading levels took a major nose-dive once grad school started up again in August, but I definitely did some reading, and zero updating on it.

I figured since it's the end of the calendar year and lots of people are doing book reviews, I'd catch you up on the books I've read this fall (in sort of chronological order).

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl -- Jesse Andrews

I bought this while I was on vacation at the beach but didn't get around to reading until several weeks later. A coworker had recommended it, and after another friend told me the movie made him sob, I figured I had to read it. It definitely didn't disappoint. In fact there were times it was laugh out loud funny, which is really weird considering the book is about a girl dying from cancer.

Modern Romance -- Aziz Ansari

I read this in like a day and a half while chilling at the pool. It was a good pool read, but I didn't think there was anything too groundbreaking in the research. A lot of it had been pop psych stuff I'd read elsewhere. This might have been eye-opening to my mom, but if you've dated in the 21st century, you'll likely just go, "Duh."

In the Unlikely Event -- Judy Blume

This was a book club book, and most of my book club really loved it. I thought it was good, but a little too long. There were parts that I didn't think were necessary and that the last bits of the story weren't totally necessary.

The Martian -- Andy Weir

One of the best books I've read this year. Perfect mix of nerdy science and math stuff with OMG will he survive stuff.

Why Not Me -- Mindy Kaling

Didn't intentionally match my nail polish to the cover, but I am super excited to read @mindykaling's new book.
I love Mindy. If you love her too, read this book.

S Street Rising: Crack, Murder and Redemption in DC - Ruben Castanenda
Another book club read, picked basically because this guy was/is a Post reporter and it takes place in our backyard. It's crazy to think how bad some of the neighborhoods in this book were back in the day (or not even that long ago really) compared to what they are like now. The biggest complaint our book club had dealt with the way women were portrayed in the book.

Wild - Cheryl Strayed
I started this book about four times before I was finally able to finish it. I'm glad I stuck it out though. It was a good read after the depressing start.

The Survivor -- Vince Flynn/Kyle Mills
I loved the Mitch Rapp books when Vince Flynn used to write them. I was curious to see how another author continued that character. I liked this book a lot and flew through it like I used to do with the old Flynn books. There were plot points I didn't love that I won't spoil here, but overall, I liked it, and I guess I'd keep reading books with this character.

The Girl in the Green Raincoat -- Laura Lippman
I was excited to see Laura Lippman was writing Tess books again, but I didn't love this one as much as I loved others mainly because Tess was on bed rest and couldn't move off her sofa so it just didn't have the excitement of some of the other books.

Terminal City -- Linda Fairstein
If you like Law and Order SVU, you will like Linda Fairstein's books. They are about an NYC sex crimes unit. You don't have to read them in order, but it helps a lot if you do because the characters are the same in each book, and their stories develop a little more in each book. This was book #16. Flew through it in two days. I basically wish I could be best friends Coop, Chapman and Mercer in real life.

So that's basically what I've been reading during the semester. Now that school is over until January, and I have a little bit more free time on my hands, I imagine I'll start crushing books that have been laying around my apartment or sitting on my Kindle. I'm also working on my list of books to read in 2016, so if you've got recommendations, send them my way!

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  1. Fred and Tina4:13 PM

    Impressive eclectic list!
    Recommendations: Safe Haven - Nicholas Sparks and The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks, both a little sappy but we ate them up. We liked the movies too.

  2. I always love book lists. I'm always looking for new books to read and add to my collection. Thanks for sharing!

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