Monday, July 23, 2018

The RAHM Report for 7/23/18

Finished Reading

  • A Mother's Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    I finished this in time for book club, and we had a good decision about how we might apply at least some of the suggestions in this book to our own lives. While I don't necessarily agree that a mom needs to routinize everything, I do like the general idea of trying to organize life according to the demands of your particular vocation. I will certainly have this book in mind as we set up at our new house in a couple of weeks.
  • The Losers Club by Andrew Clements ⭐⭐⭐
    This felt like a very different book for Andrew Clements. I liked that it was about kids reading for pleasure, but the details of the plot felt very forced in some sections. I'll collect my thoughts and post a review on Goodreads later in the week. 
  • The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, audiobook read by Allie Gallerani ⭐⭐⭐
    My original Goodreads review of this book from when it came out suggests that I thought it was great, but even though I loved the audiobook narrator, the story just didn't do much for me this time around. It especially paled in comparison to the other Dessen books I've been re-reading. It was worth it, though, because I finally got my 2013 book for the Family Tree challenge!
  • Tangled in Magic by Kim Ellis (review copy) ⭐⭐⭐
    A friend of a friend of my dad's wrote this book, and my dad's friend passed it on to me for review. I just finished it, so I'm still mulling it over but I plan to get a review up on Goodreads in a few days.

Did Not Finish

  • Decked by Carol Higgins Clark
    I so wanted to like this book, and I tried really hard to get into it. But there were just too many characters, and I wasn't invested in any of them, so after about 60 pages, I gave up. I feel guilty because I bought the book (though it was used), but I'm donating it to the Friends of the Library so they can find it a new home.

Currently Reading

  • By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank 18%
    I was looking for a women's fiction book that wasn't just a romance, and came across this on Cloud Library. I've never tried this author, and this seemed like a good light read to start with.
  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, audiobook read by Taylor Meskimen 14%
    I only seem to remember one major plotline from this book, so it's probably good that I am re-reading it. It's not my favorite Dessen, but I'm enjoying revisiting it so far.
  • Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chen (ARC) 9%
    I was so excited to be approved for this book on NetGalley! I've read two chapters, and it's every bit as well-written and engaging as the first book, Death by Dumpling. I'm sure I'll finish it quickly. 
  • Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres 8%
    I missed reading this when it came out, so when I saw it on Cloud Library, I decided to check it out. It looks like it will be a quick read and a good palate cleanser before I jump into my middle grade ARCs for August and September.
I'll be linking up today with Unleashing Readers/Teach Mentor Texts and Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


  1. I was looking around in hopes of finding a nearby library with a copy of A Mother's Rule of Life, but no such luck. I would love to hear her story and glean any knowledge from her experiences. Thanks for the shares this week, Katie!

  2. I loved Stef Soto, as well as the new Flor and Miranda Steal the Show. My favorite "parenting" book is Barbara Holland's Mother's Day. I didn't realize how hard it was to find until just now-- I picked up a copy at the thrift store. So many good lines!

  3. Nice variety of books. I haven't read any of them. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  4. I recently purchased Stef Soto but haven't read it yet. Looking forward to your review!

  5. I wish I could get into Sarah Dessen. The books I’ve read from her have been very “meh.” Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. I enjoyed The Losers Club. I appreciated all the literature mentioned and that while bullying goes on, in the end there are no real nasty characters. I've read a few Sarah Dessen books and liked them well enough, but there are so many other books to read that her's remain frozen at the bottom of my pile.