What a lovely, lazy Sunday in Minneapolis today! I at least got some laundry done, but now it’s time to focus on all things bookish. Speaking of bookishness, what did you add to your TBR list this week? Here are the reads some of the LQers added!
Only one new book on my TBR list this week. LQ’s brilliant founder and my personal therapist, Joli, recommended Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. A book to combat the self doubt that accompanied a no good very bad week, I have already requested it from my library system and hope to sneak it in before my annual two days on the beach! (Can’t have something serious for beach reading!)
Janna (New Contributor!)
I typically stick to fiction, but this week a few non-fiction reads made their way onto my TBR list.
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely. I saw this in a list of options for a book club I’m in. It didn’t win out this month, but the concept intrigues me. I’m obsessed with personality tests and while this isn’t directly related, I’m always interested in learning why I make the decisions I make. I’m looking forward to reading it this summer.
You Don’t Have to Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Feminism by Alida Nugent. I’ve been following Nugent’s tumblr The Frenemy since 2009 and read her first book, Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood, in 2011 when I had just graduated from my Masters program. I’ve been meaning to read You Don’t Have to Like Me for awhile, but haven’t got around to it yet.
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown – I’ve heard so much about Brown, but have never read one of her books. I decided it’s time! Especially after having been diagnosed with what is most likely lupus, the title of this book really speaks to me. Who am I, and what do I want and need out of this life? Tell me, Brené Brown!
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg – I started listening to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s podcast, What Should I Read Next? Obviously, this podcast does not help my ever-growing TBR list. When Anne Bogel (Mrs. Darcy) recommended this title in one of her first episodes, I was very interested! In a nutshell, it’s about finding yourself through food. Heck yes.
I picked up three books at my school’s library on Summer Book Bag Day. It’s this magical time when you load up a reusable satchel with as many books as you can carry, and you don’t have to bring them back until August. I left most of the volumes for kids, but I did snag three YA realistic fiction titles I’ve been meaning to read forever.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I think I’m last to the party on this YA life-death limbo tearjerker. My teaching partner read the whole series and really liked it.
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen. I think I saw the striking cover of this novel on display at the National Council of Teachers of English convention last fall. One of my favorite tween/teen reviewers put it on the shortlist of best-of 2015s. It also made the Young Adults Choices list for this school year.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Another of my fave YA reviewers, Jenny Sawyer, gave this a stellar review. Sounds like it could make next year’s tearjerker round up, although I’m intrigued by Sawyer’s contention that the quality of the story “earned her tears.”
I did not like All the Bright Places. I thought the sequel to If I Stay, Where She Went, was better than the first book. You can’t skip If I Stay and just read the second book, though.