The End We Start From


I grabbed this book because it was short and would easily fit in my carry on. I did not take it with me, I read it on my couch in about 1.5 hours. I was sick and only had enough attention span for 137 pages. I was worried I would fall asleep if I read something that needed me to focus. After finishing, I saw someone describe this book as beautiful and frustratingly sparse. I agree. It was so quick and lacked so much but didn’t seem that way at the same time. Read it so you can pretend you know what I’m talking about. Typical prose in an end of the world Great Britain.

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book you can read in a day

BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge : a one-sitting book


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Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen

You guys, I have been deathly ill. No, I did not have the flu. I had a head cold that required the assistance of steroids. STEROIDS! How do those two things even relate?


Somehow, I finished a book during this. I love Anna Quindlen (previous book review here) and when I saw her new book on Netgalley I scooped it up. Alternate Side is all about a dead end street in New York City and the families that live there. Specifically Nora and Charlie and their fraternal twins, Rachel and Oliver. I guess I was so excited to read this that I didn’t look at the summary when I requested it because I was shocked at the turning point on the block. Something bad happens and the ripples from that event change Nora, her home, her family, her job and her marriage. Basically everything. Through all of this though Nora and Quindlen are writing a love letter to New York City. After the event, and even before, Charlie wants to leave the city. Nora refuses. It is her city. She can’t fathom leaving and being herself somewhere else. This is what I loved most. I loved the characters and the story but because I love NYC so much I basically loved all the praise towards it. So beautifully written.

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book with characters who are twins

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book by a favorite author

BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge : a book with a cover you hate – I do hate this cover. The whole location of the book revolves around Nora living on a dead end street in New York City. A lot of the plot surrounds this. And yet the cover, what I assume to be a street diagram, does not display a dead end street anywhere. It could be a road map to anything. I do not like it. One bit.


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Airplane reading 2 – Kindle version

I’m on an airplane right now! And I might be reading these things on my Kindle. Unless I’m reading these things from my suitcase.


And I Darken by Kiersten White. I’m not sure this series is for me. Which is why I put it on my Kindle instead of committing to carrying it.

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Front Lines and Silver Stars by Michael Grant. What an amazing premise this book has, women can sign up and be drafted in WWII. And such a great Goodreads review; 4.14 for book 1 and 4.4 for book 2! The only thing I don’t like is only 2 of the 3 books in the series are out. So if I get really addicted or there’s a cliffhanger that would be annoying. Again, not sure I’ll like it so I didn’t want to commit to bringing two 550+ page books with me. HOLY CRAP. Definitely Kindle books.


Last, two romances. I just finished A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean and liked it a lot. Romances are a necessary evil sometimes. I hate them and I love them all at once. I hate the formula that they both seem to follow but occasionally I like to pick one up. This is similar to my feelings toward mysteries. The second book in MacLean’s series is One Good Earl Deserves a Lover which I got on my Kindle. I mean, look at that cover. What great colors. I found this series through a blog post called 14 Romance Novels for Non-Romance Readers. I have no idea how I got there other than the RA for All blog I follow is having a Why I Love series on different genres and the last one was about romance.

None of these books take into account my backlog of Netgalley titles. Some of the ones I’m squeeing over include Mrs. by Caitlin Macy (pub 2/13) and The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (pub 4/3). That’s it. So many books, not enough travel time. Happy weekend!



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Airplane reading 2

I have lots of posts about travel reading. Airplane reading circa 2017. Books for flying 1 and 2 circa 2015. Apparently I didn’t travel in 2016. Which isn’t true, I went to Mexico and I read the Selection series but anyway.. I don’t travel a ton, probably once a year, but when I do I use it as a time to read as much as possible. When I’m on a plane I am not watching TV, I am reading. The whole time. Walking down the aisle, waiting in line, flying over states. It is the best. Even when I’m with my husband. He watches movies on his tablet and I read and we basically pretend like we’re traveling solo. There’s very limited talking and I’m pretty sure he likes it that way. Sometimes I think I get as excited for the uninterrupted reading as I do for the trip I’m taking.

So, this is my process. I check out dozens of books, typically paperbacks because they travel the best and because they’re my preferred format. Then, before I leave, I read the first 20 or so pages to see if I’m into it. I have to be hooked right off or I just want to put it down and then it’s wasted space in my travel bags. I also like to binge read series’ when I travel which means I have to have them all lined up and ready to go. I have a Kindle Paperwhite, which I love and I fill that sucker up too. Here are the books I have waiting for me for my 4 day trip, which includes 3 planes and a 4 hour car ride.


The End we Start From by Megan Hunter. I don’t even think I’ll take this with me. From what I’ve heard it’s a one sitting read so when I go to read the first 20 pages I might just finish the whole thing and then I won’t have to pack it. However, it’s very thin and would fit nicely without taking up much room.


A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. My Goodreads tells me I tried to read this and never finished. I don’t remember that so I must not have gotten very far and it obviously didn’t scar me. So I’m considering taking it.


Any Human Heart by William Boyd. This book has 4.26 stars on Goodreads. What a great review! This cover is also very familiar looking, I may have checked it out before but never opened it. It is a wonderful paperback. The kind I love. The thick paper and hefty feel. I can’t wait. This one is definitely coming with me.

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. I checked this out a few months ago after I read (and loved) Pachinko. which is a great multi-generational novel. This book has a family tree at the beginning. Love! I think it was just too much to go from one slow burn to another slow burn novel. But I think I’m ready now. I’ll definitely read the first 20-50 pages to make sure I’m interested before I pack this one since it is a long paperback.


Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan. A few years ago I randomly picked up The Good Wife by O’Nan. A very simple book about a good woman’s life. A co-worker suggested this to me and since I know about his writing I think I’ll probably like it. It’s slim, perfect for traveling.

I have so many things on my Kindle that I’m going to (possibly) dive into that I decided to make a separate post.. I will probably only finish 2 or 3 of these books but a girl needs options. Am I right??!


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Lit Chat 3

Do you have a favorite book from childhood? Have you read it as an adult? Was it just as good?


I don’t know if this was my favorite book but it was so meaningful to me. I talked about it two years ago when I posted about why you should read aloud to kids at any and all ages. My dad read Johnny Tremain to me when I was little. I’m pretty sure I didn’t have a sibling at the time which means I was under 8 years old. I re-read it in college some time and then wrote about the experience for my grad school essay but haven’t since then. I meant to read it last year for a reading challenge prompt (a book you loved as a child) but I never got around to it. I should definitely pick it up again to see if it’s just as enthralling. Some part of me thinks it won’t be and that it was the experience of being read to that I enjoyed the most.

Do you have a favorite book from childhood?

These questions came from the Lit Chat deck of cards.

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Magpie Murders


For some reason I decided to read Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. I don’t typically like formulaic mysteries so I can’t remember why I picked this up. Now, try to keep up while I explain how this book works. There are two stories. The first 4 pages of the book are of an editor explaining that the last book she read changed her life. The book you are about to read is the second story – the book she is supposed to be editing. We will call the editor portion story 1 and the book she’s reading story 2. Now, the novel story she’s supposed to be editing, story 2, goes on for 200 pages and then doesn’t tell you who the murderer was. It then goes back to the editor, story 1, while she tells you how that book changed her life. Then, at the very end of the whole book it goes back to story 2 and tells you the who-dun-it. Got it? I read some reviews of people I know who said they skipped to the end of the book to read the last chapter of story 2 so they could get the whole picture. I did that. I followed their advice. But THEN, I realized I didn’t care how that story changed the editors life. I had only met her for 4 pages. So I did a bad thing. I only read story 2. And I feel fulfilled. Judge me.

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book with an animal in the title

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Lit Chat 2


Do you have a TBR pile? How do you keep track of your reading queue? Name 3 books on your list.

Of course I have a TBR pile. What a silly question. My whole house is a TBR pile. The picture above are books I checked out from the library to read and the top shelf is all my Book of the Month books, most of them unread. That picture is actually from November 2017 and I read none of those books. I often take out way more than I can handle and end up reading two good ones before they’re all due back. I still have Lilli De Jong at my house and I actually have my own copy of Invisible Furies now (I had lent my BOTM copy to a friend). I don’t really keep track of my reading queue. I rarely ever mark things as to-read in my Goodreads account. I just checked, the last time I added something was August 23, 2017. I feel like if I added everything I wanted to-read it would become overwhelming. There’s no need. There will always be something I want to read, I don’t need a list to remind me.

3 books on my list – other than the two I just listed up there

  1. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (I’ve heard it might win the Newbery)
  2. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (released Feb 6 – saw it in my Real Simple magazine and has been compared to Time Traveler’s Wife)
  3. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (recommended to me on Goodreads by a friend and was on the Audible sale this week)

These questions came from the Lit Chat deck of cards.


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