Monday, July 30, 2018

The RAHM Report for 7/30/18

It's moving week! But first, here's what I read last week. (I'll be back with another RAHM Report in two weeks. I doubt I will get much reading done during the move.)

Finished Reading

  • No Biking in the House Without a Helmet by Melissa Fay Greene ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    I stumbled upon this book when I was looking for titles starting with N that would count for the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge. I ended up finishing it in two nights. I tend to enjoy parenting memoirs and this one, about adopting five children internationally after raising four biological kids, was one of the most engaging I've read. 
  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, read by Taylor Meskimen ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    I liked this book  even more during this re-reading than I did when I read it the first time. I was so stressed out by Sidney's parents' questionable decisions (including inviting an obvious predator to stay alone with her in their home!) but I think it might be the best-written Dessen book. 
  • Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens (ARC) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    I love this series so much, and I'm always disappointed when each book goes by so quickly. I read this for a Christmas in July read-a-thon at Seasons of Reading, and though it wasn't quite as good as the previous volume, it was still another great addition to a wonderful series. I'll post a review on Goodreads when the publication date gets a little closer.
  • Katie's Rescue by Pamela Tracy ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    I needed a book to fulfill the letter K for Alphabet Soup and found this on Hoopla. I think it's the best-written Harlequin Heartwarming book I've read to date, and I actually liked that it focused on a lot of other things besides the romance. The animal rescue park setting was also very appealing. I much prefer reading about wild animals and zoo animals than house pets.

Currently Reading

  • Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West, audiobook read by Nora Hunter 64%
    I wanted to start a quick audiobook since I won't have time to finish a long one. Kasie West reminds me of Sarah Dessen, so I decided another one of her books would be a good choice. This story about a girl who reluctantly co-hosts her school's advice podcast is well-written and even after reading more than half the story, I'm still not sure how things will turn out. 
  • Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres 62%
    I am not as into this book as I'd hoped, but I've read so much of it at this point, and it's so quick, that I've decided to stick with it. There's nothing really wrong with it; it's just like a lot of other middle grade novels. 
  • Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien 32%
    I'm still enjoying this one, but I'm reading it slowly to make it last a while. 
  • By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank 30%
    I kind of forgot about this book for most of the week, but I got back into it a little bit over the weekend and I really do like the characters. 
  • Read and Gone by Allison Brook (ARC) 2%
    I've only just started this ARC, but I'm hoping to finish it before the end of the Christmas in July read-a-thon tomorrow. 
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 thought I was bad reading more than one book at a time! haha
    Have a great week!
    Valerie @ Cats Luv Coffee

  2. Nice bunch of books. Good luck with your move. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. I'm definitely adding No Biking in the House Without a Helmet to my list. After reading your response and some goodreads reviews, it sounds like it would be a great book for me to read in between my YA/MG/KL stuff. Thank you for all your shares this week, Katie! I always love seeing what you have up your sleeves. :)

  4. Now I have more cozies to add to my list. See what I read this month at Girl Who Reads

  5. I’ve seen Listen to Your Heart on so many blogs lately. It must be popular. I hope you enjoy all your books. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. You are binging on Sarah Dessen--I love it!

    Happy reading this week :)