March Reading: Books I Read This Month
It’s been an interesting month of reading. I’ve been slow at it, most of my books have felt a bit “heavy” lately. I finished up Little Mercies on audio from last month, I liked it, but paired up with Pretty Baby was a bit too much I think. Both good books though!
One thing I am really excited about right now and wanted to share with you is Hoopla. Do you know about it? It was a suggestion from Debbi (who I’ve known through this blog for many years now!) and I am so happy she mentioned it. I downloaded the app, put in my library card number and I officially now have access to check out sooo many digital books and audiobooks at my fingertips (for free!). This is very exciting to me. I don’t normally read e-books but it’s definitely nice to have, especially for audiobooks (I do like reading parenting/self help/spiritual books digitally). There’s music and movies too. I’m still digging around but so far I’ve checked out a parenting book, a cookbook and am currently listening to an audiobook. You can check out 6 titles a month per library card. My kids are using it on our family iPad too, my daughter loved listening to a couple of books on over Spring Break. Friends, get Hoopla! (Can you tell I’m excited?)
Ok, here’s what I’ve read this month:
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica – I enjoyed reading this one, but like I mentioned earlier – the subject matter paired up with Little Mercies (a good read too!) was a little heavy to be reading both at same time. The description from Amazon:
Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. Nevertheless, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home, despite her family’s objections. As clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into an unrelenting web of lies and a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.
Find Pretty Baby in paperback, hardcover, for your Kindle or audiobook on Amazon.
My son has been begging me to read some of his favorite books, so that’s what I’ve been mostly doing this month. It’s been fun to share his favorite books with him and a nice change from my regular reading. Here they are:
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson – I don’t recall exactly how my son heard of this book but I remember picking it up with him at the bookstore earlier in the school year. It is historical fiction, and a very good read, I loved it. The description from Amazon:
During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out.
Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie’s world upside down. At her feverish mother’s insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.
Find Fever 1793 in paperback, for your Kindle or audiobook on Amazon.
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry – this book is the second book in The Giver series (I read The Giver a few months back). My son flew through this series and has been telling me to read the next books for months. I am glad I did because I am officially hooked. There are a total of 4 books in the series, I am currently reading Messenger, the third book. The plot is based on a futuristic world, and the characters are mostly young people. Like the others, it’s a quick read and takes you to another place and time, a nice escape for the mind. I like the description on Amazon:
As she did in The Giver and later Messenger, in Gathering Blue Lois Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable.
Find Gathering Blue in paperback, hardcover, for your Kindle or audiobook on Amazon.
Messenger by Lois Lowry – almost done with this one, it’s a tiny little thing! Loving this series and Son is up next!
Find Messenger in paperback, hardcover or for your Kindle on Amazon.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler – I found this one on Hoopla (yay!) and started listening to it on a road trip over Spring Break. I found myself laughing at loud at times, I just love Amy Poehler and am really enjoying this one.
Find Yes Please on in paperback, hard cover, for your Kindle or on audiobook on Amazon.
More reading suggestions in my Books section!
Have a great weekend!
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I had a vision you would post this today. This is scary. I went to the library last night and thought of when are you going to do a next book post.
Yes, last month was very heavy and too much for my brain and heart. I read Pretty Baby and yes, that was heavy. Good but I think I am gonna stick to my Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner lol. I can’t handle it, I don’t sleep reading about abandoned babies, hurt kids, abused girls. OMG I am such a pussy. So, I returned Every Fifteen Minutes and Water for Elephants w/o reading much of it. I also read a book which I can’t remember the name or author. It was ab out 2 sisters losing both parents in car accident and after that one gets adopted and the other one goes into foster care where she is abused by father and ver leaves house. OMG, that twas the last drop for me. I lost sleep for a week.
I grabbed Hobbit for my son and now will order the other series your boy is reading. I need to teach that child to read besides playing hockey and games on devices. So, I love your kids’ recommendations. Have a great weekend, Aggie! xoxo
Oh that is so funny Olena! I’m like that when I go to the library, scouring anyone’s blog that I know posts books for ideas. 🙂
Yea too much heavy is not fun. I hope your son likes the books! I’ll keep posting what Sam is reading so you can get ideas for him too! (How old is he?)
I am so glad you are enjoying Hoopla, now that I found it I find myself checking there first before purchasing from audible and using my credits or I have to wait for it on overdrive. I listen to audio books while I am walking Primera, grab my bluetooth headphones, smartphone and her leash and out the door we go. A habit I have gotten into and provides me what I feel something constructive to do while she does her stuff.
Think today will be a good day to settle in with a good book!
Have an awesome weekend! 🙂
I am so so glad you told me about Hoopla! Wow! There are lots of books I wouldn’t necessarily purchase but want to read so its great for that too. Yes, walking and listening is the best. Hope you had a nice weekend Debbi!
Aggie! I love your recommendations! Pretty Baby and Little Mercies sound excellent! I listened to The Giver as an audiobook last year and thoroughly enjoyed it…grabbed the movie after that which was also good. I’m so happy your son enjoys reading. I’m hoping mine will as much as I do someday. And thank you to you and Debbi for discovering Hoopla! I will browse through it tonight when I get home. And [email protected], read Water for Elephants and Every Fifteen Minutes as audiobooks…..I loved them!
Wendy (MFP accountability friend!)
Hi Wendy!! We watched the movie together too! You must continue on the series, it is really good! My son is a foracious reader, it’s amazing and I love it. My daughter enjoys it too so it’s fun to get involved with what they are reading to change things up 🙂 Trips to the library were a fond childhood memory of mine, my kids and I spend a lot of time at the library so I think that helps!
Oh yes, I forgot. Fever 1793 is one of my goodreads five star books!
I enjoy reading book. At present, i am reading FEVER 1973. Please! Share with me when you have new posts!
Wendy, I have never tried audiobooks. Don’t even know what they are. Is it listening to a narrator with headphones?
Aggie, he is 9. I think he is a year younger than Sam.
You ladies read books and the watch movies with your kids. That is awesome. My 9 year old is learning to love reading. He is very particular what he likes. No old classics just futuristic. I am starting to send hi to bed earlier so that forces him to read.Hopefully it will grow on him.
Olena….I commute a total of about 50 minutes everyday and I was missing my time reading so I began by taking audiobooks out of my local library which in this case are CD’s with a narrator reading the story. I have a CD player in the car. I also load audiobooks on to my smartphone and listen via Bluetooth on my car stereo. I also get those from my local library but through the Overdrive app. It’so the best thing I’ve ever done! I probably listen more now than I have time to read! Heading now over to your blog so I can check out what you’re all about Olena!
@HAYHUN529 Aaaah, that makes sense. I never thought of commute. Totally worth it. Like what else to do while commuting?! I would get sick of music and radio. I don’t commute so that wouldn’t occur to me. My husband takes train so he loves his e-reader. He downloads all books there. I love real books. There is something just about a paper book in my hands. So, I was like trying to imagine myself walking around the house listening to audio books with headphones haha. Didn’t make much sense unless I do not want to hear kids’ whining.
Well, I hope you like what you see.
@Aggie How come I can’t reply to comments?
Weird, I used to have reply feature in the comments but I guess it’s not there anymore. I comment from my admin page so I didn’t notice. I am going to figure out 🙂