I was able to read more in November, thanks to feeling well enough to read but not well enough to lead our normal busy life.
- Yes Please, by Amy Poehler: I’m a huge Parks and Recreation fan, so I was excited to read Amy’s memoir. It wasn’t my favorite book, but I enjoyed it well enough.
- Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling: Another comedian’s memoir! Again, big fan of The Office and the earlier seasons of The Mindy Project. The book was a bit too self-centered and name-dropping for my taste, although I did use the last essay in the book as a parenting tool to help teach a kid the difference between confidence and arrogance—Mindy nailed it. Not my usual source of parenting tips, but it helped nonetheless!
- $2.00 a Day, by Kathryn Edin: I learned a lot from this book about poverty in America. It was a little more academic than what I was wanting to read but definitely informative.
- Let’s All Be Brave, by Annie Downs: This is the first book in awhile that I’ve stayed up late to read. I love Annie’s honest and humorous writing style.
- The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien: Ok. I know I should like LOTR, but I just don’t. But I’m persevering because every so often I get it in my mind to read something that really stretches my attention span (Hi, Anna Karenina!). I started this back in February, got stuck for months in an interminable scene, and finally finished a few weeks ago. I’m continuing on with a goal to finish by the time the baby is born this spring.
- The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins: So I actually read this in October, but I read it so fast and moved on to something else that I forgot to put it in Goodreads for last month’s post. I got sucked into the story and finished in two days.
- Food: A Love Story, by Jim Gaffigan: I wrote a full review here. It was definitely not my favorite of Gaffigan’s work. I probably shouldn’t have read it while incredibly nauseous, though.
December will find me plowing through The Two Towers and enjoying my favorite Advent devotionals. See y’all at the end of the year!