What I’ve Read Lately

Actually ‘What I’ve Read This Year’ would be a more accurate title because yours truly has kinda fallen off the reading train these past few months. But since today is National Book Lover’s Day, I thought I would pop in with a few books I have managed to read this past year.

4 stars
Talking as Fast As I Can
by Lauren Graham

Aka Lorelai Gilmore. Aka my favorite TV show character of all time. Needless to say, I snatched this book up as soon as it was available at my local store. It was good–I loved the inside glimpse at Lauren’s experience starring in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, both shows I love. I didn’t love it as much as I’ve loved reading similar biographies. Maybe because I felt like it was written specifically to coincide with Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, but I’d still definitely recommend it to any fans of her show.

4.5 stars
The Cuckoo’s Calling
by Robert Galbraith

I usually stay away from mysteries because I tend to get frightened easily (I know, lame right) but I really enjoyed this one. It doesn’t hurt that Robert Galbraith is actually JK Rowling of Harry Potter fame. Cormoran Strike is an interesting character to follow along with but I was definitely more drawn to the parts written from his assistant Robin’s perspective. The plot twist at the end was one I didn’t expect and I finished the book wanting to read more. Which is why I picked up the next book.

4 stars
The Silkworm
by Robert Galbraith

The second book in the Cormoran Strike series, The Silkworm read a lot darker to me. The murder that Cormoran and Robin are trying to solve is grisly at best and I didn’t enjoy the elements of the occult that were present in the book. I actually stopped halfway through reading the book because it became so dark. I did pick it up and finish it a few weeks later with no problem but it still was not the most enjoyable read. Again, the plot twist was surprising and I love the chemistry between the two main characters so I will definitely be buying the third book, Career of Evil.

5 stars
The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah

Full disclosure? This was a reread for me but since I’ve read so few books this year, I thought I’d count it. I loved this book so much–it’s set during World War II and chronicles the lives of two very different sisters living in France during the height of German occupation. The Nightingale made me laugh and cry and all the things you’re supposed to do while reading a good book. If you love historical fiction or if you’d like to try Kristin Hannah’s books, you should definitely give The Nightingale a try. (Another great book from her? Home Front)

4 stars
The Five Love Languages: Military Edition
by Gary Chapman & Jocelyn Green

The only personal development book on this list and I’m still reading it. Oy.  The authors give you examples of how to use your love language even when your spouse is away on training or for deployment which I’ve found really helpful. It’s not what I would consider a groundbreaking marriage book, but that could just be because I had already read the original book. If you’re curious about 5 love languages and your spouse is in the military, you should at least take a look at this book.

my book shelf for the rest of the year

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Lianne Moriarty

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Someday Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

Let’s Talk
What’s the best book you’ve read in 2017 thus far? Any recommendations to get me out of my major reading rut?

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  • I’d love to read The Five Love Languages: Military Edition. I know that my husband’s love language is touch and I’m worried about how to make him feel loved on his deployment! I usually send him a lot of pictures and cards but I’m sure I could learn something else from this book.

    • That’s my love language too! I believe that book is carried by the on-base library but I don’t remember which one. For Touch, book said lots of handwritten letters and tracings of your hands to make a paper hug, and including the smell of your perfume in care packages and such. Another thing the book said helps is to concentrate on the person’s secondary love language too if their primary was especially hard to do long-distance (like touch and quality time). 🙂

  • Bailey @ Becoming Bailey

    The Princess Diarist is really good! I listened to the audiobook– when is read by Carrie Fisher– and it was hilarious!

  • I’ve been meaning to read the Cormoran Strike series. I’ve recently discovered a new love for modern, realistic, murder mysteries so I should probably at least try The Cuckoo’s Calling.