Getting my Read On!

One of my goals for 2013 was to read 100 books over the course of the year. I substitute teach, so I get about 60-90 minutes of what teachers use as plan time, but what I use to read, pinterest, etc. Occasionally I work out during the time, depending on where I’m at that day, but typically I read.

I thought I would share a few of the books I’ve read so far this year. There were a few ehs, but a lot of really great books so far!

via Random House

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

This book first caught my eye at a Scholastic book fair sale but I ended up getting a few other things instead. Luckily, one of the schools I was at that week had the book and I took a chance. I read the hardbound version, which was absolutely gorgeous. There were decorative chapter pages in black and white that really kept me “in” the book, and Morgenstern‘s writing is fantastic. Her descriptions seemed to go on and on and really allowed me to imagine the fantastical setting that she created. I recommended it to about 10 different friends already and told the librarian that he should get the book to anyone who would read it. I definitely see myself buying this one to read over and over. It was her first book, so I am really excited to see what she comes out with next!

via Random House

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larrson

I heard about this at the same time as the Hunger Games trilogy, so I lumped it into the same category and forgot about it. It was recommended by a teacher at my usual school after he discovered that was, in his words, “a book nerd”! Totally true, and something that many people don’t know about me these days. I was warned about the graphic scenes in the book, which I appreciated, but I definitely felt they were warranted and not inappropriate in the context. I started this book at school and was on page 31 or so at 10:30 when I got home from work– but I got SO into it that I stayed up until almost 4 am to finish it. 100% worth it. I keep meaning to get the second one, but I haven’t started it yet. I also highly recommend this one– especially if you like CSI-style shows.

via Random House

Data: A Love Story, Amy Webb

I read this preview of the brand-new book on Slate a few weeks ago and was very intruiged. I had some… terrible experiences with online dating a while back and gave up on it. I thought this was interesting as a tool to re-evaluate where things had gone wrong for me, and lo and behold, I even found it in the self-help section. Parts of the book were a lot less readable (more math-y and online dating history) than the excerpt chapter, but overall it gave me a lot of interest in striking back out in the online dating world using some of these strategies. Rest assured, I’m not going to the lengths she does! Overall the message I took was more about knowing what you want and not compromising. It was a pretty good read for anyone who’s ever been frustrated with the hot mess that can be online dating!

via Random House

The Memory Thief, Emily Colin

I got this one as a Christmas gift from my dad. I was kind of intruiged by the summary but set it aside for a few weeks. It’s an interesting book, pretty good but I think I would like to read it again before deciding whether I am fully on board with this one or not. In a nutshell, the husband dies in a climbing accident and someone else wakes up with his memories. I thought it was going to be pretty predictable, but it didn’t go quite as I expected so that was nice. I’d say this is a pretty solid beachy-day type read. Not too difficult but it is a little tear-jerker in a couple parts!

False Pretenses, Catherine Coulter (1988 edition updated in 2000)
Persuader [A Reacher Novel] , Lee Childs

Both were good but pretty typical of those serial crime novels. I will definitely check out more by those authors!

Oddly enough, I noticed when I went to get pictures that all my great books were by Random House.. maybe I should be paying more attention to what they are putting out!

Next up on my list:

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley {currently}
The Paris Wife, Paula McLain
The Tiger’s Wife, Tea Obreht
plus …
YA books at the school libraries
Random old crime books  in the teacher’s lounges!

I know I’ve read a few more this year but they are escaping me right now– Hopefully I will keep better track of the rest of them! 100 94 to go!

What are you reading these days?



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