Sunday, November 18, 2018

The RAHM Report for 11/19/18

What I Finished Reading


  • Still Life by Louise Penny ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    Re-reading this book for a buddy read on Instagram was a lot of fun. It was interesting to look back and see how the characters have (or haven't) changed since the first book and to see all the clues about who the killer was that I missed the first time around. 
  • Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell ⭐⭐⭐
    This was a good mystery with lots of twists and turns, though I sometimes got a bit lost in all the connections between characters. I like this series for the same reasons I like Kathy Reichs's books. 
  • Margin for Surprise: About Books, Children, and Librarians by Ruth Hill Viguers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    This is another book about children's books, this time from the 1960s. It's a really interesting look back at which books were considered great fifty years ago, and a reminder to librarians about what is really at the heart of their profession. 
  • Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    This got off to a slow start, but really picked up by the halfway point. Astrid is not as much like Pippi as I first thought, but she does have a larger-than-life personality that really jumps off the page. I especially love the way the story explores a close friendship between a child and an older person (Astrid's godfather, Gunnvald.)
  • Confusion is Nothing New by Paul Acampora ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    Despite being about a somewhat sad topic (main character Ellie has just learned that the mother she never met has died),  this book actually made me laugh out loud several times. Acampora's books get better and better with each new publication. 

What I'm Currently Reading


  • Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins
    I am reading this slowly because I've only been reading it before bed when I'm too tired for more than a chapter. It's quick, though, so as soon as I make it more of a priority, I'll probably finish it in two days. 
  • Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay, audiobook read by Karyn O'Bryant
    I'm still listening to this audiobook, and I'm a little over halfway finished. I'm enjoying both the mystery and the narration. 
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    I have never read this book before, and decided on the spur of the moment to join a buddy read on Instagram that started on Friday. I'm purposely reading it slowly to keep pace with the group, which will discuss the first nine chapters on Saturday, so I don't expect to finish quickly. I am enjoying it so far. 
  • Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
    I am also reading this slowly because I want to make sure I absorb it. I plan to finish it by the end of the month. 
As usual, I'll be linking up today with Unleashing Readers/Teach Mentor Texts and Book Datefor It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


  1. oh wow, cool idea to reread first book on Gamache. I can't wait for the Kingdom of the Blind! My post is here:

  2. Nice variety of books. I have read a number by Reichs and Cornwell. I read all of Alcott in graduate school for a paper. I'll admit I liked Little Men better than Little Women. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. Ooooh, I'm adding Astrid the Unstoppable to my TBR list on goodreads. This title is new to me and sounds like a fun one. I always enjoy your wide selection of reads. Thanks for sharing, Katie!

  4. Cloche and Dagger sounds like my kind of book. My weekly updates

  5. I really need to get back to reading more Louise Penny.
    I keep hearing more and more about Astrid and am kind of sad that she isn't more like Pipi, but will read it anyway.