Quick Lit: March 2016


I’m linking up with one of my favorite bloggers today, Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy who shares a list each month of the books she’s been reading. It’s called Quick Lit and the premise is pretty simple – a quick round up of your recent reading.

Here are the books I finished since mid February:

13206900Winter by Marissa Meyer

This book was such an undertaking – each book in the series seems to get bigger as it goes and more characters are introduced. This book felt like the fireworks finale that it should be with #allthefeels all over the place. Every moment you were waiting for finally happens and Meyer only tries to break your heart eleventy billion times so it’s all good. I’ve already got Stars Above waiting for me to crack into. LOVED

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

680923I wasn’t sure I would finish this one in time for the book club discussion, if at all, but I’m glad I stuck it out. Although many of the chapters felt excessively long at times and filled to the brim with information that might be fascinating for some people (not me), there were a lot of golden nuggets inside. The story this book tells is incredible especially because it’s a true story – and the people within the book have a lot to say. Lots of life lessons to be learned and everything you ever wanted to know about deep sea diving, shipwrecks and U Boats. LIKED

Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick

16000983I’m a fan of Amber’s blog and this book was like a sweetened condensed version of that. She shares stories about pretty much all aspects of parenting with her signature “crappy illustrations” (her words not mine) to add extra levels of hilarity to her stories. My only complaints would be that some of the stories felt abruptly cut short. This is something that never bothered me with the blog, but as a book I wish they’d been fleshed out more. And the book itself seemed to end so soon! I want more! REALLY LIKED

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

16081588This book is kind of like that high school English assignment where you write a chapter and then one of your classmates writes the next chapter and so on. Except the three authors each wrote one short story – about 10 chapters – and all their stories linked up and eventually featured most if not all of the same characters. I’ve read several John Green books before but the other two authors were new to me. All have a fairly similar vibe but the different characters in each story were all very unique and different from each other. I think Maureen Johnson’s story and characters might have been my favorite of the three so now I’m adding all her books to my wish list. REALLY LIKED

Right now I’m reading a couple of books:

26055345My book club is discussing Terrible Typhoid Mary by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. It’s a nonfiction account of Mary Mallon’s life and how she became known as the infamous Typhoid Mary. The author does a good job of making the book readable and not too text booky and includes letters and pictures from the time of Mary’s life. I’m technically done with the actual story of the book but I’m still looking through the timeline and other details at the end of the book. So far I’d give this book a strong LIKE.

7796279I have a short attention span for nonfiction, so I’ve also been reading 13 Little Blue Envelopes, a book by Maureen Johnson that I was psyched to find on my Kindle after reading Let it Snow. I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile but it kept slipping out of my sight with book club picks and you know life and also there are too many books on my kindle. I’m enjoying this one – it’s a story about a girl whose aunt died and left her this collection of 13 envelopes that she has to open and then accomplish the task inside before opening the next, which leads her on a kind of scavenger hunt across Europe (and perhaps more, I’m only a handful of envelopes in so far).


Speaking of books I’ve owned for too long: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling came in one of those subscription box things that I seem to keep asking for trials of like back in December. It was a box from Pop Sugar’s Must Have Box Subscription which was fun but a bit out of my price range so I just ended up doing the one box. I loved Kaling’s last book and was excited to read this one but found myself saving it like the one thing on your dish that you LOVE but save for last because you like torturing yourself. I finally decided that I could just start reading it anyway even though I was already reading two other books because I’m worth it. Obviously I’m loving it.

What are you reading right now?

4 responses to “Quick Lit: March 2016”

  1. Carrie Roer Avatar

    I just finished Winter yesterday! I read it on my Kindle, and so many times I thought it was all about to be over but ended up having so much still to go. I was glad things ended the way they did. 🙂 Then I drove 40 minutes away to a library that had Stars Above…


  2. GingerG Avatar

    Let it Snow sounds interesting, along with Terrible Typhoid Mary. Adding to my TBR list. I think I’m the last person on Earth that hasn’t read the Lunar Chronicles. I’ve heard so many great things about it, but something is holding me back from reading it. Maybe I’ll pick it up this summer?!


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      I waited an embarrassingly long time to read the Lunar Chronicles after it was first recommended to me. Something about cyborg Cinderella wasn’t intriguing enough but I loved it and recommend to everyone.


  3. Kate @ Mom's Radius Avatar

    I’m reading The Edge of Lost, Weird Girl and What’s His Name, Glass Sword, and To Kill a Mockingbird. So far they’re all just “likes”. But I did finish The Start of Me and You and Kindred Spirits over the weekend, and they were both 5 stars!