what’s on my kindle, part 13

Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult. Jodi, you’re back! She had a string of pretty awful books (the one about elephants?! NO) but this one I loved. It’s about a labor and delivery nurse who is told to stay away from a newborn baby and his parents. They’re white supremacists, and she’s black. There’s a court case. That’s all I’ll say.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. This is about a couple who immigrates to New York City from Africa, and the husband gets a job as a chauffeur for a wealthy Wall Street family It’s a dichotomy of an American couple that seemingly has everything but are crazy unhappy, and a couple that is struggling to make ends meet but still think America is the greatest place in the world. I absolutely loved it. Couldn’t put it down.

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Pho in Philadelphia

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis. I texted my mom when I was only like 40% of the way through to tell her to put a hold on this. Every other chapter is narrated by Darby, who moves to New York in the 1950s as a 17-year-old to attend secretary school, and lives in a boarding house/hotel for women. The other chapters are written by Rose, a young journalist living in the same building (which has been converted into condos, as all historical buildings are) in 2016. I couldn’t put it down.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. This was described by The Skimm as a cross between The O.C. and It’s Complicated, so naturally I was chomping at the bit to read it. I was disappointed. It was boring. I think  I should have read it rather than listening to it, but I still don’t think I would have loved it.

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter. I realized too late that is is Book 8 in the “Will Trent” series. But it didn’t really seem to make a difference, I felt like I was able to follow the story. It wasn’t as riveting as Pretty Girls (or as horrifying), but it held my attention. I would consider starting at Book 1.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This is a YA book about a teenage girl who is allergic to – wait for it- everything. She’s kept inside her house in a bubble with just her mom and a nurse. But she starts to watch her new neighbors and develops a relationship with the boy next door. There’s a twist at the end but I saw it coming about halfway through. Still pretty good though and a really quick read.

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple. I really liked the sense of humor in this book, but the story itself was pretty stupid. It’s about a woman with an 8-year-old son who essentially convinces herself that her husband is cheating on her and goes a little crazy. The timeline of the entire book is about 6 hours. The son is probably one of my favorite book characters ever, but he’s really the only redeeming part of this one.

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Thanksgiving cheese board.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. Yes yes I’ve already read this. But when Sheila told me the audiobook version was great, I had to listen to it, too. It didn’t disappoint. I would go so far as to say that this is my favorite book of 2016. It’s another one that I’m dying to be made into a movie even though if and when that happens I will likely tear the adaptation apart. Please read and/or listen ASAP.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. Same author as A Man Called Ove. This is about a 7-year-old girl who has a very close relationship with her grandmother and it’s adorable. I also love her because of how much she loves Harry Potter. I didn’t love it as much as Ove, but it was still really good.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. I listened to this (among other things) on my 8 hour drive to Syracuse for Thanksgiving. It was interesting enough that I’ll read some of his other stuff, but I think he gets too detailed on too few examples. Like the Sesame Street thing was interesting, but let’s cut the explanation in half. Freakonomics was better.

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Makeshift mantle! My mom gave me this antique ironing board and the GS and I hung it up. Now I need stuff to put on it…

Bossypants by Tina Fey. Of course I had already read this, but this time I listened to the audiobook! There are pros and cons- at one point she played a clip from an SNL bit with Amy Poehler back in the Sarah Palin days of 2008- but you miss out on all of the amazing photos in the print version. So you should probably just do both.

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My mom found two of these mid-mod tables and I covered them with this printed duck-cloth and mod-podge. Easy and fun project!

Right now I’m listening to Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, and reading the next Fredrik Backman book, Britt-Marie was here. So those will be in the next roundup.

There were also few books lately that I couldn’t even finish- The Runaway Wife by Elizabeth Birkelund, This One Is Mine by Maria Semple, and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I listened to over 3 hours of the last one and still couldn’t do it. Sorry- too many good books out there to waste time on something you don’t like.

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