2017 Reading Round Up I

This year my goal is to read 12 books. More than my reading goal for 2016 (4 books) but less than the actual number of books I read last year (22 books). I’ve been a sleeping fiend lately but still managed to get a head start on this year’s reading list before bed each night and I’m hoping to keep it up at least until Baby P arrives! Luckily I had some great reads this quarter which made it easy to stick to somewhat of a reading routine.

Reading Round Up

2017 Reading Round Up I - Sharing book and reading recommendations based on my current reading list for the first part of 2017 #reading #recommendations #books #whattoread

All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
(4/5)

I’ve been seeing so many positive reviews for this book over the past year, but for some reason I don’t usually read fiction. I’m glad I finally caved and read this one.

“From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”

 

2017 Reading Round Up I - Sharing book and reading recommendations based on my current reading list for the first part of 2017 #reading #recommendations #books #whattoread

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Amy Schumer
(4/5)

I listened to this on an audiobook narrated by Amy Schumer and loved her hilarious, honest, stories on her childhood, becoming a leading female comedian, her sex life and relationships.

2017 Reading Round Up I - Sharing book and reading recommendations based on my current reading list for the first part of 2017 #reading #recommendations #books #whattoread

The Kind Mama
Alicia Silverstone
(3/5)

I briefly mentioned this in my Sweet Spicy Cucumber Soba post, but Alicia Silverstone’s book about pregnancy and the early stages of parenting was one of the first prenatal books I read. Some of her recommendations seem a bit unrealistic for the average pregnant lady like myself, but I was really inspired by her holistic and healthy living lifestyle and I try to keep it in mind as much as possible as I’m growing my babe and preparing for labor. I can’t resist a few s’mores and some dishes that Alicia would absolutely never approve of, but I did find the book gave me a lot of confidence about having a natural birth experience.

2017 Reading Round Up I - Sharing book and reading recommendations based on my current reading list for the first part of 2017 #reading #recommendations #books #whattoread

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Arlie Hochschild
(4/5)

I’ve been living outside of the US for a few years now and I will admit this has changed my political and social views tremendously in ways that I don’t think travel alone could have. While the recent election in the US seemed to have flipped many lives and Facebook feeds upside down, I really want to learn more and try to understand (though not always agree with) the social and political climate in the US even though I’ll probably be abroad for a few more years.

“In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country–a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets–among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident–people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.”

2017 Reading Round Up I - Sharing book and reading recommendations based on my current reading list for the first part of 2017 #reading #recommendations #books #whattoread

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer
(4/5)

Despite my reading list, I don’t want to turn this blog into a political or religious forum, but this book was absolutely fascinating and really eye opening. It centers around the story of Ron and Dan Lafferty, brothers who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. The Laffertys are members of the Fundamentalist Mormon Church and this book goes through a riveting and shocking history of the Mormon Church.

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2017 Reading Round Up I - Sharing book and reading recommendations based on my current reading list for the first part of 2017 #reading #recommendations #books #whattoread