“You Read A Lot” Reading List July-September 2019

Recently someone said this about me. Someone actually said I, Cortney, read ‘a lot’. It made my day!

24. The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon (young adult fiction)-  This was a quick read about two teenagers whose lives collide in a beautiful but difficult way.  Young adult is really talking about some true life issues nowadays, not just teen romance and I appreciate it. B.

25. Scrappy Little Nobody, Anna Kendrick (autobiography)- I like Anna Kendrick and her story is just as endearing as she is. I wish we could be friends because I think she’s hilarious! A.

26.  Girl, Stop Apologizing, Rachel Hollis (self-help?)- I know. I knooooow. “Cortney, didn’t you h-a-t-e her last book?” Yes. I did. Has that changed? No. But she has such a following and so many people share their life-changing moments because of Hollis that I went ahead and gave this book a go and I will say I found at least a third of it not completely cringe-worthy. It wasn’t as plagiarized (kudos) but still drippy with privilege (however, she did somewhat (?) acknowledge this?) I did have moments of feeling ‘energized’ but that could have also been the coffee. C.

27. Good Omens,Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (science fiction?)- I decided to read this after the mini-series aired on Amazon Prime earlier this year and I loved it! (The cast was so good! My main man played the voice of God and that was enough to get my buy in.) I was pleasantly surprised that there was very few deviations from the book! I have heard that the other books in this series (I guess it’s a series) aren’t as grand, but I adored this one. A+.

28. Normal People, Sally Rooney (coming-of-age fiction)- The title doesn’t lie here, folks. It’s a love-ish story about star-crossed lovers who live somewhat normal lives? I think I read this based from a review in a magazine. It was fine, I didn’t care for either lead character but their development was solid. B.

29. Of Mess and Moxie, Jen Hatmaker (autobiography)- I chose this book based on the title and had no idea who Jen Hatmaker was. (Yeah, I often mean to actually look up these books/writers before I read them but then forget and just start the book.) Hatmaker is apparently kind of famous and has written multiple books and several are probably not my cup of tea (she seemed to have an a-ha moment at some point) I really enjoyed this book. I appreciated the honesty Hatmaker brought forth about privilege and the humor of being humble. A.

30. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens (coming-of-age fiction)- I definitely didn’t know what to expect here and I wasn’t that impressed with it until about halfway through and then I was enthralled. Give it a go and give it time. A.

31. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah (historical fiction)- This book stuck with me for several days after I finished it and while not an true account of anyone’s life it definitely had glints into what was possible in the lives of those living in Nazi-occupied France during WWII. The story itself is heartbreaking and will make you think about parts of war that you may never have dreamt of (if you’ve never lived in an occupied country). Hannah makes you think about the word hero and how complex that word really is. A.

32. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts., Brene Brown (professional development/self-helf)- I love this book. I love this notion. I love the idea that if we allow ourselves to become vulnerable the better people we can be-not just for ourselves but for everyone around us. I’m excited to read all of her works and tell everyone I know about it. Actually, if you have 3 minutes and want to learn something that will help you continue to be an awesome human, check out this little video based off one of Brown’s TED talks regarding empathy. A.

33. Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered : The Definitive How-To Guide, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (nonfiction)-Okay, confession time: because I use most of my time to listen to audio files listening to books, I don’t get a whole lot of time to listen to podcasts so…I’veneverlistenedtomyfavoritemurderIAMSORRY. Whew. Now that I got that out  I can say that I checked out this book because so many people were raving about it and it’s NOT really about true crime (okay there’s somecrime in it) but really it’s a collection of stories from Kilgariff and Hardstark’s lives and includes one of my favorite topics-making new friends with people who are just as weird as us! Adored it, adding it to my list of books to read when I need a pick me up (currently on that shelf are Jenny Lawson’s books Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, BJ Novak’s One More Thing, and Tom Hanks’ Uncommon Type: Some Stories). A+

34. Daring Greatly, Brene Brown (professional development)- So someone told me that given that I had read Dare to Lead before Daring Greatly, I may not be as impressed. They were right.  Daring Greatly offered some insight to back stories that I didn’t know however and I still benefited from this work. If you want to read one or the other, I suggest Dare to Lead. B.

35. Five Feet Apart, Rachael Lippincott (young adult fiction)- I wanted to read this before I watched the movie and I am interested in this story because my friend who has CF wrote about how it contrasts and compares to real life with CF. (You should also check out my friend because she’s awesome.) I enjoyed the story, I cried a few tears, I was reminded to get my flu shot to ensure that others around me stay healthy. A.

36. Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life, Annie Spence (nonfiction, humor)- This book is a great way to remember books you haven’t read in a long time, or to get some new recommendations. Peppered with humor and a great reminder of how important stories are to humanity. A.

I have surpassed my goal already this year! Confetti time!  The book I’m currently reading is quite long, so we’ll see how close I end up to 50 by 2020. Have you read any of these? What are you reading now?

2 thoughts on ““You Read A Lot” Reading List July-September 2019

  1. Unknown

    I like how our reading is kinda syncing up! I've read SSDGM, The Nightingale, and Good Omens. I have a copy of Where the Crawdads Sing that I've borrowed from someone at work. I recently read 90% of a different Brene Brown book (Braving the Wilderness)—my library loan of the ebook ran out before I could finish. That was my first book by her…I'm intrigued. – Country Mouse

  2. Cortney

    Yes!! Knowing how much of an avid reader you are that means a lot to me! Let me know what you think of Where the Crawdads Sing. Braving the Wilderness is on my list, too! ♥️

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