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Reading Roundup: June 2019

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

This book may be one of my new favorite memoirs; Gottlieb is both candidly introspective and really funny (disclaimer--this is not an excessively funny book, but it has its moments). It inspired me to consider going back to therapy, especially if I could find a therapist as great as Gottlieb or her own therapist "Wendell".

Saints: The Standard of Truth

I've been reading this in bits and pieces since the beginning of the year and finally finished it this month. I've never been particularly interested in early Church history, but this book made it very accessible. I learned quite a lot from it and know that I will revisit this the next time we are studying the Doctrine and Covenants in Sunday School.

Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman

I've loved all of Backman's other books, but this one just didn't quite work for me. It had many similar elements to his previous work and I kept waiting for the story to sto…

Reading Roundup: May 2019

A New Constellation by Ashley Mae Hoiland

This book was small and quick to read, but also very powerful. I'm still thinking about it two months later. This book me both want to be the kind of person who supports others in the way people have helped her, and also become a writer who can be aware of myself and others and write about them in the way Hoiland does.

A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass

Sometime I feel like I read too many books about New York and the stereotypical upper-middle-class people who live there. I don't know if there are just that many books published about this world, or if I just always find them. This one was actually pretty good, although a few of the characters never stopped being annoying and I didn't see enough of the character I liked most. Nevertheless, it had an interesting premise and I mostly enjoyed it. 

Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett

I spent most of the month reading this book in little chunk…

Reading Roundup: April 2019

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

This is the third book I've read by Harper and it was just as good as her first two. I love the way she incorporates the setting into her mysteries so that it nearly becomes another character. There was a twist in this book that came fairly late in the game, but it worked out with the way the story was written. If you like mysteries and are looking for a new author to read, I'd recommend trying Harper's books. 

Tripwire by Traci Hunter Abramson

I've read some of Abramson's other books for past Whitney contests and generally enjoyed them. This one had an intriguing concept for the plot, but unfortunately it did not develop the concept well and the middle portion of the novel really dragged. I liked the characters and wouldn't mind reading more about them, but this book needed a bit more action and an adjustment in the pacing.

Conviction by Robbin J. Peterson

This book was one of my favorite Whitney finalists this year. The characters are …

Reading Roundup: March 2019

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

I've never been particularly interested in Scientology, but I've heard good things about this book for years and I like Wright's writing. He excels at creating coherent narrative through a long period of time and across many different characters. Although not a quick or easy read, this was a fascinating book and I will be thinking about it for a long time.

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

This is the last book in Atkinson's mystery series, but I'm happy to hear that there is another one coming out this summer. Jackson Brodie and his crazy antics have grown on me, and while this wasn't my favorite in the series, it was a fun read.

Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls by Lisa Damour

Damour's book Untangled was one of my favorites from last year. This book was a great follow-up that talks more specifically about stress and teens. I marked…