One year ago I found a forgotten gift card… but instead of spending it on groceries or some other mundane necessity, I decided to treat myself to a bookstore visit.
And just this past weekend, we made another trip to McKay Used Books to sell a pile of books… and of course I came home with a few more. It’s hard to resist store credit!
Here’s a look at my summer reading stack from this year and last:
I recently read the 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years that Ann Patchett put together, so I had a list in mind of a few I’ve either been meaning to read for a while or sounded intriguing. (Side note: the list is definitely worth a click! I’ve only read a few of the 75 titles and it made me realize how often I shy away from “difficult” or “heavy” literature when choosing my next book to read, and while I certainly believe I’m entitled to read whatever I want, it also made me want to stretch outside of my normal reading comfort zone.)
Here’s the stack I came home with:
The only Atwood novel I’ve read is The Handmaid’s Tale but it has really stuck with me, and this blend of murder mystery and sci-fi sounds super interesting.
The only Ishiguro novel I’ve read is A Pale View of Hills for an English course in college, and I remember it being intriguingly quiet but also challenging. Maybe this is the summer to finally attempt another.
I’ve heard so much about Robinson’s more recent novels Gilead, Home, and Lila that it seems high time to visit Robinson’s debut Pulitzer-nominated novel about three generations of women to see what all the fuss is about.
Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures, by Amanda Blake Soule
I’m a longtime fan of the SouleMama blog, and I love Amanda Soule’s passion for handmade, authentic mothering. This should be a great addition to my crafting library now that I’m looking forward to adding a child to the mix.
And now for some Throwback Thursday action:
One year later, these are all still on my bookshelf – a testament to how much I liked them! I also linked to my Reading Log thoughts if you want to know more about each one.
I’ve actually read this one before as an ebook… but this is the special edition! It’s fitting that a story about fan fiction has real-life fan art on the endpapers, and there’s a ribbon bookmark as well. The best part though is the excerpt of Rowell’s newest book Carry On, the story-within-a-story that’s alluded to throughout Fangirl, now a real story coming out in October. So exciting… and I’ll probably end up reading this one again in anticipation of the semi-sequel.
My thoughts on Fangirl from September 2013 (the first time I read it!)
My BFF and I are going to reinstate our long-distance, two-person book club this summer and this is our first pick! I’ve heard so much buzz about this one that I couldn’t resist. Normally I would shy away from apocalyptic fiction (I blame it on my day job) but this one seems to transcend the genre.
My thoughts on Station Eleven from July 2015
Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson
Graphic novels are a thing I would like to read, but I never really know how to get started. I’ve heard a lot of buzz around Noelle Stevenson’s comics LumberJanes, and when I heard that she wrote a standalone YA graphic novel about a shapeshifter, it sounded like a good entry point. My library doesn’t have it yet since it just came out this year, so I wanted to see if I could find it at the bookstore even though I was pretty sure it’d be too expensive. When I found that it was only $12.99, I snatched it up. It’s a quick read but so, so good! This is exactly the kind of thing I would’ve loved in middle school, and I loved it now too.
My thoughts on Nimona from June 2015
Modern Log Cabin Quilting, by Susan Beal
I’ve had my eye on this one for quite a long time and I have been wanting to make a log cabin quilt lately, so when I saw this on the bargain table I was sold! One of my favorite quilt pins comes from this book, and I’m excited to dive into more inspiration. Somehow I never feel guilty about impulse buys when it’s a book.
What are you reading right now?
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thanks for the heads up on the 75 list – I’m going to take a look!