Monday, September 9, 2019

The Read-at-Home Mom Report: August 2019

I'm late getting this post written in part because I have been dealing with first trimester symptoms. We thought we were expecting just one baby in March, but we found out this past week that it's twins, so at least there is a reason I feel so tired and nauseous! Fatigue is also the reason there are no pictures in this post - I need to conserve my energy for other tasks right now, but I didn't want to delay posting any longer! In any case, here is my August reading report.


Books Read


The Remains of the Day

by Kazuo Ishiguro
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Literary fiction
Source: Public library (Libby app)
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Good Riddance

by Elinor Lipman
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Realistic fiction
Source: Public library
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐)

Save Me the Plums 

by Ruth Reichl
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Memoir
Source: Scribd
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Not Becoming My Mother

by Ruth Reichl
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Memoir
Source: Public library
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐)

Real Music:  A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church

by Anthony Esolen
Format: Ebook
Genre: Nonfiction
Source: Scribd
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Classic
Source: Home library
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐)

Never Have I Ever

by Joshilyn Jackson
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Thriller
Source: Scribd
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Listening

by Kate Seredy
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Realistic fiction
Source: Inter-library loan
Review: On the blog (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Evvie Drake Starts Over

by Linda Holmes
Format: Ebook
Genre: Romance
Source: Public library (Cloud Library app)
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Ask Again, Yes

by Mary Beth Keane
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Literary fiction
Source: Scribd
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Ben and Me 

by Robert Lawson
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Fantasy/historical fiction (middle grade)
Source: Home library
Review: Coming soon on the blog (⭐⭐⭐)

The Journey of the Eldest Son

by J.G. Fyson
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Historical fiction (middle grade)
Source: Inter-library loan
Review: On the blog (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Anne's House of Dreams

Format: Hardcover
Genre: Historical fiction
Source: Home library
Review: Coming soon to the blog (⭐⭐⭐⭐)


In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen

by Cynthia Rylant
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Realistic fiction (beginning chapter book)
Source: Public library
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

A Little Shopping

by Cynthia Rylant
Format: Paperback
Genre: Realistic fiction
Source: Public library
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

The Accidental Beauty Queen

by Teri Wilson
Format: Paperback
Genre: Romance
Source: Public library
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐)

Dough Boys

by Paula Chase
Format: Digital ARC
Genre: Realistic fiction
Source: Edelweiss+
Review: Scheduled on the blog (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

American Fried

by Calvin Trillin
Genre: Memoir
Source: Open Library
Review: On Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Getting to Know the Hudson River

by William B. Fink
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Nonfiction (children's chapter book)
Source: A gift from my mom
Review: Coming soon on the blog (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by J.K. Rowling
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Home library
Review: On Instagram (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

How to Raise a Reader

by Pamela Paul & Maria Russo
Format: Digital ARC
Genre: Nonfiction
Source: NetGalley
Review: Coming soon on the blog (⭐⭐)

W;t 

by Margaret Edson
Format: Paperback
Genre: Play
Source: Used bookstore
Review: Coming soon on Goodreads (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Picture Books (with links to Goodreads reviews)


  • Electric Ben by Robert Byrd (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
  • Alfie and Dad by Shirley Hughes (⭐⭐⭐)
  • Kittens Are Like That! by Jan Pfloog (⭐⭐⭐)
  • Rapunzel by Barbara Rogasky, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
  • Spencer's New Pet by Jessie Sima (⭐⭐)
  • The Best Loved Doll by Rebecca Caudill, illustrated by Elliott Gilbert (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
  • Give Me Back My Bones! by Kim Norman, illustrated by Bob Kolar (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
  • A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton (⭐⭐⭐)

Challenge Progress

  • Alphabet Soup: 0 read in August, 22 of 26 read total
  • Alphabet Soup Author Edition: 1 read in August, 24 of 26 read total
  • #CathLit: 1 read in August, 14 of 19 read total
  • Cloak and Dagger: 1 read in August, 35 of 55 read total
  • Craving for Cozies: 0 read in August, 26 of 51 read total
  • Library Love: 4 read in August, 53 of 60 read total
  • RMFAO Audiobooks: 4 read in August, 44 of 25 read total
  • 2020 Classics: 1 read in August, 4 of 20 read total
  • Goodreads Goal: 30 read in August, 338 of 425 read total
I'll be linking up this post for It's Monday! What Are You Reading? with The Book Date and Unleashing Readers/Teach Mentor Texts and for the August 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

6 comments:

  1. I'm disappointed to see that How to Raise a Reader wasn't that great. I was curious. And YES, I highly recommend watching one of the movies or mini-series of Pride and Prejudice. The one I read this summer had a wonderful Preface that discussed Austen's writing career and then discussed how the characters' imperfections are being showcased. I never had the opportunity to discuss this one in a university course, so I was glad to get a little bit of "look for this" before I even started. And I'm so glad to read your review of Never Have I Ever. I have this one on hold through Overdrive, but I'm #14 on the list -- it'll be a while. lol Thanks for all these shares, Katie!

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  2. I listened to Good Riddance on audio, which is probably why I liked it as much as I did because the narrator was fantastic. I listened to most of Ask Again, Yes on audio as well and it was so good that way.

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  3. I love Pride and Prejudice. Over the summer my husband and I took a trip to England just so I could go to Pemberly (from the Kiera Knightly version, which I felt best fit the book) and walk in Jane Austin's shoes in Bath. Have a great reading week!

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  4. P&P is one of my all-time favorite books! I guess Austen's not for everyone.

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  5. Nice variety of books. I hope you start feeling better soon. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  6. Twins! Congratulations, I hope the morning sickness symptoms ease soon.
    Congrats on your challenge progress.

    Have a great reading week

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