There are three things that help me read more: Goodreads accountability (I get endless satisfaction from checking boxes!), I read before sleeping, and I try to always have a book in my purse. It is more tempting to reach for my phone, but I try to pull out the book when I’m waiting for someone…and I’m always waiting for someone.

So even though May was crazy busy, I did manage to read:

I HAVE LOST MY WAY by Gayle Forman. A YA read that was compulsively readable. I get why Forman is a bestseller – she’s good. Three kids, all lost in their own way, who find hope because they find each other one day in New York City. Really interesting and believable characters. What I didn’t like? How the word “sex” was interchanged with the “F” word. True to a character relationship? Perhaps.

BOSS LIFE: SURVIVING MY OWN SMALL BUSINESS by Paul Downs. I find business books interesting, and this one began with a few New York Times articles Downs wrote. Downs is a high-end furniture craftsman who’s just trying to stay afloat year after year in a world who buys cheap furniture. It reminded me a little bit of my dad and how hard the small business daily grind is.

INHERITANCE: A MEMOIR OF GENEALOGY, PATERNITY, and LOVE by Dani Shapiro. This book is getting tons of press as it hits at just the right time: DNA testing. How would you feel if your DNA test came back (that you took on a whim) and revealed your father wasn’t your father? Shapiro is a seasoned memoirist (I previously enjoyed HOURGLASS). I was really looking forward to this read and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a page turner with great writing and emotional pull!

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH by Roald Dahl. I read this as a kid, but Paige hadn’t. I read the second paragraph out loud and gasped – WHAT?! (the parents are eaten by an enormous angry rhinoceros at the London zoo!) Paige’s eyes grew wide as she said, what is this book?! It was so delightful! I loved it. If you haven’t read this gem or it’s been awhile, do it 🙂

I’m on my fourth book for June, but I’ll wait to post. Now tell me, what have you recently read and must recommend???



  • Nina Badzin says:

    Congrats on the paperback!

  • Julia Tomiak says:

    I just finished “The Benefits of Being an Octopus” on audio and really enjoyed it. (Thanks for the recommendation.) Book club read for last month was “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. A decent read. Hollis says some interesting things about motherhood, chasing your dreams, etc. Not the most profound writing, but some good thoughts.

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