What I’ve Been Reading Lately: The Dog Days of Summer Edition


I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to discuss the books I’ve been reading lately.

I really look forward to writing this post every month. I’m such a book nerd.

Warning: these are not book reviews but mostly random thoughts and feelings about the books I’ve been reading. Most of the time, I forget to even tell you what the book is about! Who knows, maybe it’s better that way?!

The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter’s Notebook by Ellen McCarthy – If you love hearing about how people met and fell in love then this is the book for you! I’m glad this book came into my life (i.e. it was finally my turn on the library’s wait list) during the summer because it was the perfect book to read at the pool and during what feels like the peak of the wedding season. I wouldn’t look to this book for any hardcore wisdom on marriage but it does have a slew of interesting stories about couples.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith I’m glad I’m not in the business of writing book reviews because this is one of those special books that you don’t want to say a word about because trying to explain it wouldn’t do it justice. I will say that this is an honest story about real, nitty-gritty life. It is also a story about thriving despite the situation. “Overcoming hard situations” happens to be my favorite genre so I’m really enjoying this book, even though most of the book has made me feel incredible sadness. I recommend a cup of tea and some chocolate with this book because it’s a book you’ll want to settle into for a while.

All Fun and No Joy: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior – This is not your average parenting book. It discusses the effects parenting has on the parents. The book also takes a look at “modern childhood” – the concept of a long and sheltered time of emotional and educational growth – and the effects and tolls it’s having on families. Senior states, “The modern family is just that – modern – and in all of our places in it are quite new.” Fascinating food for thought.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell – I love the premise of this book – a woman finds a time warp and is able to talk to her husband as he was in the past, with the goal of fixing her marriage. I thought it was slam-dunk. Unfortunately, it didn’t “grab” me and I started to get annoyed with the cussing. I’m not a big fan of chick-lit and this was borderline chick-lit. I quit the story less than halfway through so maybe the rest of the book was great. But I had to hang up the phone on this one.

That’s my list. What have you been reading lately?

3 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading Lately: The Dog Days of Summer Edition

  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my all-time favorites!! So good! And I’m so with you on Landline. I love Rowell’s other books, but Landline bored me.


  2. I just finished The Martian and loved it. There was lots of suspense, action, and plenty of science to satisfy sci-fi snobs.


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