7 Books to Break a Reading Rut

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What is time? One day it was July and the next day it’s October. I look back on the last two months and I’m not sure where it went. I guess back to school season will do that to you – so many new supplies, new teachers, new schedules, and new routines in our house. We also decided to try potty training again as my youngest, Little E and J, near three. Always an adventure!

Over the past month, I did manage to read, though it was slow and I leaned heavily on comfort reading. If you’ve been in a reading rut, check out these titles and see if any of them help you to get some reading momentum.

What have you been reading lately? Share in the comments!

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Physical Copy Books

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin – This book was everywhere and I delayed picking it up because it could not possibly live up to the hype. And yet, for me, it did. It takes a turn, structurally, in the last third that may not be for everyone, but I found it interesting. Major Halt and Catch Fire vibes, and if you understand that reference, you should pick up this book.

The Porcupine Year by Louise Erdrich– This is the third book in a series about a young Indigenous girl and her family. It takes place during the 1800s, and this book follows the family as they are forced from their home due to white colonists in the United States. Big E and I have been reading the series and it is just full of beautiful moments of connection.

The Babysitters Club: Dawn and the Impossible Three by Ann M. Martin – I picked this up on a rare solo trip to the library because middle grade books or books from my childhood are always great kick-starters for my reading life. I can get through the book in a short period of time and ride the wave of nostalgia to my next read. And darn it if the members of the Babysitters Club aren’t the most earnest middle schoolers who ever lived.

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I can’t help it, this quartet of books is just intoxicating. From an author’s craft lens, Taylor Jenkins Reid is able to create worlds and celebrity characters that feel so real you end up Googling to confirm they are not. I am figuring out how to reconcile my love for these books with the criticism of the author; this is the second book in the quartet that features a Latinx main character and the author is white, so some readers have expressed concern about how this author is profiting from stories that are not her own, and how the publishing industry is putting so much marketing money behind promoting these books, while many – most – Latinx authors are not supported in this way.

Audiobooks

The Bridgerton books are my sweet spot when it comes to audiobooks and I worked my way through three of them this month. I liked moving to the books that haven’t yet been featured in seasons of the show. Headline? The men in this world still DESPERATELY need therapy. 

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn– This one features Benedict, who is really annoying for most of the book, and Sophie, who is lovely. The class conflict set up is a lot to get past, but I will admit, I enjoyed the climactic jailbreak scene.

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn – This one is Colin and Penelope’s love story. I was here for all of the Penelope. I tolerated Colin and his insecurities. Barely.

To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn – This is Eloise’s story. This one might have been the most intriguing so far and was a great follow up to Penelope’s story. Can we just get a Penelope and Eloise spinoff?


3 Comments

Breanne · October 6, 2022 at 11:40 am

I don’t understand the Halt and Catch Fire reference, but it makes me want to pick up that book too (maybe it should also have an affiliate link ;). Yay for comfort reading like BSB and Bridgerton!

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