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March 2017

27 x 27 Recently Read

Biggest Recently Read…Probably Ever

March 8, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I love to read – to the point that I add “go to the library” to my to do lists.

Part of the draw is my interest in another person’s story. I also think, in this busy world, that a lot can be gained from turning pages and thinking past a scroll. This from a girl who loves to scroll.

As part of my yearly goals, I read a certain amount of books. This year, prior to turning 27, my goal is to read 27 books.

Here are the 22 that I have read so far. There are little asterisks * next to my favorites.

I’ll Take You There: Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb is one of the most interesting writers to read. He touches on such diverse subjects that you feel like your world is expanding just through reading.

Midnight in the Garden Good and Evil: John Berendt

I’d recommend visiting Savannah prior to reading this because it makes you appreciate it even more. Long read but interesting characters.


You are a Badass: Jen Sincero

Jen had me going and then I didn’t follow through. My bad.

In a Dark Dark Wood: Ruth Ware

Just a good read. I can’t say more than that without ruining it. So that’s where I leave it.

The Magnolia Story: Chip and Joanna Gaines

I love Chip and JoJo, but in all honesty, who doesn’t? As a Baylor grad, I enjoyed their take on how they view their spot in the community. They are really visionaries in that community.

We Were Liars: e. Lockhart *

This book had an ending unlike anything I have ever read. It was totally unexpected and made me love it more.

Swing Time: Zadie Smith

This book was so deeply developed. It covers growth as people and differences in background. Though that’s a 30,000 feet view of it at best.

Talking as Fast as I can: Lauren Graham

This book is the essence of Lauren Graham; fun, witty, and honest. It was a quick read and I would recommend if you like Parenthood and Gilmore Girls.

Britt-Marie was Here: Fredrik Backman *

Every book I read by Fredrik Backman impresses me beyond belief. He is incredibly talented at pinpointing feelings and moments that are meaningful. He takes really simple ideas and makes them uniquely beautiful. I highly recommend his work. All of it.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: Fredrik Backman

The Couple Next Door: Shari Lapena

The Sun is Also a Star: Nicola Yoon

Pretty Baby: Mary Kubica

The Perfume Collector: Kathleen Tessaro *

This book was beautiful. The way the story is developed around scent is incredible.

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls: David Sedaris *

This is *shock* my first David Sedaris book. These short essays had me laughing out loud with a few cry laughs thrown in. He manages to morph slightly dark concepts into hilarious bits.

Someday, Someday, Maybe: Lauren Graham

Fast and good read. Lauren Graham is not only a great actress but talented writer.

Uninvited: Lysa Terkeurst *

I really really appreciated this book. I think this is a valuable read for any woman but many chapters really impacted my thoughts and hopefully my actions.

Rare Objects: Kathleen Tessaro

Fearless: Max Lucado

The Guests on South Battery: Karen Walker

I have enjoyed the Tradd Street series however, this was good but not my favorite. Worth a read though.

The Night Bird: Brian Freeman *

Probably one of the most twisted books (conceptually) I’ve read in a while, but I really really liked it. I wanted to know what happened so much that I ignored my poor husband as he was talking to me. Bad wife.

In the Great Green Room: Amy Gary

This last one was about the author of Goodnight Moon. Though biographies are not my typically genre of preference, it was interesting to hear about how this Margaret Wise Brown lived and how her stories took shape.

So there you have it. 22 books toward my 27. If you have any recommendations for books I should read please leave them below!