What We’re Reading Wednesday, September 21st

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Happy Wednesday, book friends! I can hardly believe we’re so close to the end of September, but then again, the first month of the fall semester always goes by in a flash.

My intro to writing students have submitted their rough drafts, and a good amount of my reading energy this week will go into reading and providing feedback for those.

In non-bookish news, the latest season of Great British Bake Off has begun, which means the third annual GBBO Fantasy League has commenced. We drafted our teams of bakers on Friday and watched the first episode. I feel confident in my first pick, but the rest of the team is a bit of a mixed bag thus far.

Plenty of reading updates this week as I’m back on my audiobook game and in a good routine of morning and evening reading (most of the time). Let’s dig in.

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Recent Reads

I’ve already finished Jeanette McCurdy’s memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died and I have to say, I get the hype. I was a little skeptical initially, wondering if the attention-grabbing title coupled with McCurdy’s fame was responsible for the buzz. But no, this woman has some serious writing chops.

She doesn’t pull punches, and there are a lot of grim, stark depictions of her childhood and her eating disorder that can be uncomfortable to confront. This is a big “check the content warnings” title, but it is truly a powerfully written memoir. My mini review went up earlier this week, here: Mini Review: I’m Glad My Mom Died

I also finished The Family Compound, which I really enjoyed as well. Liz Parker has won me over on the family drama with multiple perspectives. My full review went up late last week, and you can check it out by clicking the thing: Secrets and Lies Abound in “The Family Compound“.

Current Reads

Next up on audio, I’m finally reading essayist Samantha Irby, whose work has been recommended to me numerous times. I’m starting with her essay collection Wow, No Thank You, which is narrated by the author. I’m 17% of the way in and can definitively say that the people who kept saying I needed to read Irby were right. I love a good funny cultural essay, and this book is chock full of them, including a spectalar take on what it’s like to try and enjoy a night out when you’re in your 30s.

In print, I’m finally on to Kerry Winfrey’s latest, Just Another Love Song. As far as second chance romances go, this one has a plausible reason for the breakup that lets me forgive both characters with ease. That’s my pre-requisite for buying in, so I’m enjoying it well enough so far. As always, Winfrey goes hard on the Ohio references, which the Ohio girl in me loves. There’s a whole Ohio themed inn, which is just the cherry on top of the small town vibes in my opinion.

Up Next & On to You

Most likely it’ll be Witchtober by the time I’m picking up something new to read, which means I’ll be tackling my witchy stack. I’m planning to buddy read From Bad to Cursed, so I’ll start that when my friend is ready. We haven’t determined a date yet because, well… adulthood. That means I just have to decide which book to read first this month if she’s still waiting on the library copy to come in. Decisions, decisions.

What about you, book friends? Are you leaning into the Fall vibes (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere)? Or clinging to the last hints of summer?

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What We’re Reading Wednesday, July 20th 

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Happy Wednesday, book friends! I was off work on Monday to handle life maintenance after a long weekend of hiking and relaxing with a friend. In my imagination, the trip would be part long hikes, part eating delicious food, and part reading quietly in a new location. 

In reality, we did the first two things but wound up playing a game called Trash Pandas, then watching the entire first season of Emily in Paris instead. That show is a bonkers train wreck yet somehow very entertaining. 

I did a bit of light reading in the mornings, which was kind of weird without Azula there to snuggle with me, but otherwise not much reading happened this weekend. 

Our trip wound up being exactly what I needed regardless. Time with your best and oldest friend almost always is. 

First, we hiked up to Weverton Cliffs (Photo Credit: Amanda Kay Oaks)
Then, we ate at Boxcar Burgers (Photo Credit: Amanda Kay Oaks)

Even if we didn’t spend as much time reading as we have on previous trips, I still had plenty of driving time to finish a few audiobooks. So, a net positive reading weekend regardless! 

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Recent Reads

I finally finished Jasmine Guillory’s modern Beauty and the Beast retelling, By the Book. If the fact that it took me well over a month to listen to didn’t clue you in, this one did not work for me. I finished it because I thought it satisfied one of the Read Harder challenge prompts, but when I went to tick off the box, I realized I’d misremembered. Ugh. You can read my full review of why it didn’t work for me here: “By the Book” Isn’t My Fairy Tale Ending.

In a somewhat shameless effort to catch up on my Goodreads goal, I grabbed a novella I knew I could finish on the drive for my next audio pick. The Sweetest Connection is the third book in an airport novella series by Denise Williams. I really enjoyed her other book, The Fastest Way to Fall, so I knew I needed to read this friends-to-lovers story. 

As far as romance novellas go, I liked this one pretty well. The pacing felt right, and the moves between past and present allowed the tension and relationship to build pretty effectively for the small amount of space a novella affords. I’m not sure if I’ll read the other two books in the series, since I went in hard by starting with my genre krytptonite. But, we’ll see how I’m feeling when my next audiobook credit rolls around!

Current Reads

Not much has changed here, save that I don’t have a current audiobook listen anymore. I’m still theoretically reading Witchcraft Therapy and Radical Radiance, though not making a ton of headway. I also started Initiated: Memoir of a Witch while away on my trip. The cover is just so gorgeous, I couldn’t resist picking it up any longer even if my nonfiction dance card is quite full. 

Photo credit: Amanda Kay Oaks

Fiction wise, I’m still working through two different romances, No Funny Business (contemporary) and A Lady for a Duke (regency). I’m enjoying both of them, but I’ve been busy with other things the last week so haven’t had much time or drive to read. 

Up Next & On to You

I think I’ve got quite enough books going at the moment, so I’m not even remotely ready to think about what’s next! Not to mention, we’re approaching the release date for the new Sims 4 expansion, High School Years, so I’m being realistic about where my time will go once that drops. 

What about you, book friends? What have you been reading lately, and how is it treating you? 

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