November 10, 2023

Books (August? September? October?) lately

I don't remember the last time I posted a bunch of books. Mostly because I don't remember the last time I read a bunch of books. 

Here's what I read since the last time I shared...

Suicide Med by Freida McFadden

This didn't seem super high-interest to me, so I put it off as one of her books to get to on Kindle. I've basically read my way through her backlog at this point. It was good enough. Not my favorite but not a bad book. Kept me wondering what was going on so I finished it relatively quickly. Definitely led to some weird dreams. Suspend your beliefs on this. 

The Gift by Freida McFadden

Novellas count, right? One could say I've started my Christmas reading with this one, as it's a really creepy Christmas novella LOL. 

The Coworker by Freida McFadden

This one actually took me a very long time to finish because I just didn't care. The second half was much better than the first but it was a huge suspension of belief on my part that I didn't care to participate in and go along with.

The Woman in Me by Britney Spears

This was really good. Or rather, it was sad and enlightening and explains a lot. I remember the first time I heard Britney on the radio in the fall of 1998. I was a fan. Had all her albums up until maybe 2003. That's when I kind of was over her music because the sound changed and I didn't care for all the collaborations. It was perfect for 12 year old me but not so much for 18 year old me. I used to sit in the library at Penn State and read People magazine every week in 2004. It was always all about Britney. Believe it or not, I used to be really in the pop culture loop. 

Anyway, the family background is fascinating. I think she's likely telling the truth about her parents because she has no reason to lie. They seem to be real crapbags. Britney's the victim of circumstance in a lot of her life but it's hard to call her a victim. I do have deeper thoughts feelings but I do encourage anyone who was a fan to read it. It's all the untold story we probably needed to know 15-20 years ago. 

Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli

I do like Jerry Spinelli but this was just not it. It was dull. I had heard so many amazing things and still might do Fourth Grade Rats at the end of the year but I don't know. Not high-interest. They didn't care that much, I didn't care at all. I couldn't wait for it to be done. 

Lewis and Clark by George Sullivan

I did this as a non-fiction read aloud. It's for 8-12 year olds but it's a fantastic overview of the explorers and the expedition. I would recommend it for anyone who is doing Lewis and Clark as a topic in school or in homeschool. It has lots of primary source photos and maps to go with it. 

Currently reading: 

What Was The First Thanksgiving? I used to read The Mayflower Treasure Hunt to kids in November but I'm pushing toward more nonfiction, long-form books. There's a knowledge gap that wasn't there 10 years ago. 

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead --I'm planning on this as a read aloud this winter because it looked fascinating for middle-grade.

The New House by Tess Stimson --The tagline gives me the feeling this book written just for me, but we'll see. I'm about 12% in. 

A month ago, I wouldn't have assumed I'd be catching up to my goal, but I actually am still in the chase. I feel like this is totally doable now with 6-7 weeks left in the year if I just keep going. 

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