It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 3 September 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 3 September 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

The long weekend was not as conducive to reading as much as I would have liked, but I am still very satisfied with my reading last week. In fact, I finished sixteen books in August, which is the most in a long time. Let’s see if I can keep it up in September.


Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight Blameless by Gail Carriger Contagion by Erin Bowman

Zoje Stage’s novel is effed up. I seriously considered DNFing it more than once because I was not certain I wanted to continue to subject myself to it. If you can convince your book club to read it, and if everyone finishes it, I can see there being some very heated discussions about parenting from this book. I cannot say that I am glad I finished it, but I am definitely glad my children love me, are empathetic, and have a moral compass.

I loved Sarah Knight’s first novel. I worked through all of the exercises suggested in there and truly thought about what she had to say. Making some hard decisions about certain things is freeing, and I find myself a bit calmer at work as I repeat the mantra, “It is not worth it” over and over again. It may be crass and meant as a parody, but there is a lot one can learn from it as well. I plan to move on to her second novel next month and am excited about it.

I know I read the third book in the Parasol Protectorate series, but I could only remember only a few of the details. Thankfully, this made my enjoyment of the audio version even better, and that is saying something. I am in love with these stories on audio. I never fail to snort out loud at one point in time or another while listening, and they have all helped me find reasons to listen to audiobooks again. It is a win all around.

Erin Bowman’s latest novel is a terrifying story. It took me a lot longer to finish it than normal if only because it was making me a bit too nervous. It also caused some crazy dreams. I loved it!


Thankfully none.


Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart The World of All Souls by Deborah Harkness


Heartless by Gail Carriger


August Review Copies:

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood Nine by Zach Hines These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach #murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil Temper by Nicky Drayden The Kill Jar by J. Reuben Appelman Vox by Christina Dalcher Playing to the Gods by Peter Rader Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

September Review Copies:


Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan  Foe by Iain Reid Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird Summer Cannibals by Melanie Hobson The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum Transcription by Kate Atkinson

So, what are you reading?

5 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 3 September 2018
  1. Sarah's Book Shelves
    September 3, 2018 | 7:24 AM

    I loved the Sarah Knight….really got my head in line on some things and I let go of a lot of guilt.

    And you’re so right about Baby Teeth! I kind of hated it, but also couldn’t stop reading. I was mad at every one of those characters.

    • Michelle
      September 4, 2018 | 9:05 AM

      I was so impressed with the Sarah Knight book. For being a parody, she has a lot of insightful comments. Plus, the exercises really did help me prioritize some things in my life. Now, remembering that prioritization in the heat of the moment may take some training, but the foundation for not feeling guilty about certain decisions is there.

      I had heard that some people want a sequel to Baby Teeth, but the author has said she is done with those characters. I hope she remains firm in her decision because that is one family I do not want to revisit ever again. Still, it was so fascinating to see the psychology behind the behaviors, wasn’t it?

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  3. Brandie
    September 4, 2018 | 10:05 AM

    And that’s a good reason for me not to pick up Baby Teeth. I knew it sounded messed up, and I don’t think I could get through it. Lol.
    16 books?! That’s amazing.

    • Michelle
      September 4, 2018 | 10:36 AM

      I would only recommend it to a select few of my friends because it is so disturbing in places.

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