The Circle Linkup: Book Report

Although I have less time to read than I used to, sitting down with a good book is still one of my favorite activities. Today I'm linking up to The Circle at In Its Time, where Anne of In Residence (who always has great book reviews) is co-hosting.


1. What's your favorite book of the year? I've done a terrible job lately at keeping track of what I read, so unless I document it somehow, I tend to forget most books quickly. However, one fairly recent read stands out in my mind, and that's The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I've read several good books this year, but this one made the biggest impact.

2. What are you reading right now? I'm a little over halfway through The End of Manners by Francesca Marciano. It's about Maria, a reserved young photographer who reluctantly accepts an assignment in Afghanistan. She joins Imo, a boisterous, confident journalist who is writing a story about women who attempt suicide to escape a forced marriage. I'm enjoying it so far. I like that the story didn't begin in Afghanistan, instead, Maria starts the story as a food photographer. I think the contrast of these two vastly different lives makes the story even better. 

3. What book did you just finish? Before The End of Manners I read To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. If you're looking for a fun read, I'd recommend this YA novel. Lara Jean writes a letter to every boy she's fallen for. The letters are meant to be secret, it's her way of moving on, but mysteriously all her letters get mailed. The premise sounds a little silly, but it was well-written and worth the read. 



 4. What are you reading next? I don't have one lined up just yet, but I do have a hold at my library on The Rosie Project, which I've heard a lot about this year. It may be a while before I read it though, as I'm number 102 in the queue. 

5. What was your favorite book as a kid? Oh my goodness, what wasn't my favorite book as a kid? I loved Dr. Seuss. Fox in Socks was a favorite. And The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Oh and McElligot's Pool. I also loved Lyle the Crocodile (and just found that one at Goodwill for Jona!) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. As I got older and started to read chapter books, I had quite a few favorites. Harriet the Spy, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Babysitters Club series. I loved Shel Silverstein's A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends too. I also went through a stage where I was fascinated with Native Americans and wanted to read as much as I could about them. Oh, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder series! I could probably go on all day about all the books I read and loved as a child, but I'll stop here. 

6. What book would you take on a deserted island? I know I'm being completely unoriginal here, but it's a toss-up between The Bible and some sort of survival handbook. Knowing my outdoor skills, I can almost hear God telling me not to kid myself and definitely take the handbook unless I want a live, in-person Bible reading.

What are you reading right now?  

23 comments:

  1. The Book Thief is my next read. When I was a kid, I loved the Box Car Children books and all of the Narnia books. I am trying to get my kids into them!

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  2. I loved the Book Thief. Have you seen the movie? I read the book first, but I thought the movie was beautifully done as well. I'm glad you mentioned Shel Silverstein's book. I can't wait to read those with my children.

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  3. Oh man The Box Car Children books!! How could I forget those? I loved those as well. I think I just want to go back and read all the books from childhood now.

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  4. No, I haven't seen the movie. I'm terrible about seeing movies--it's very rare that I take the time to sit down and watch one. I would like to see it though. I agree, I can't wait to read Shel Silverstein to Jona as well.

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  5. I am not doing enough reading right now! I would like to do more, I'm trying to get back into it. I would like to read The Rosie Project too. I loved The Babysitters Club and Shel Silverstein when I was a kid too!

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  6. I feel the same way--I used to have so much more time to read!! I guess that's the nature of motherhood though :) I always read before I go to bed at night, but I'd like to have a little more time than just that.

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  7. The Rosie Project is a cute book - it was a super fast read! I'm reading "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell now and am enjoying it!

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  8. Oh good! I've heard lots of recommendations for Rainbow Rowell's books and I haven't yet read one but she's on my to-read list as well!

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  9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before sounds like a great book club pic! i'll be sure to recommend it:) oh! and you're going to love rosie project, but read it quick - the sequel comes out in january!

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  10. Yay, I'm so glad you participated in this! Love The Book Thief, and The Rosie Project is so fun. I'm always up for a good YA read, so I'll have to check out that one. And Harriet the Spy! Loved it.

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  11. Yes to Rainbow Rowell! Haven't gotten to Fangirl yet but really liked Attachments and Eleanor & Park.

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  12. I am even more of a fan of Shel Silverstein as an adult than as a girl.

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  13. Uh oh, now I have a deadline!! I really do hope to read it soon. I may have to bite the bullet and just download it to my Nook.

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  14. This was fun, I love talking about books. All I want to do now is go back and read all my childhood faves.

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  15. I agree, I have those books sitting out on a bookshelf now and I love to revisit them.

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  16. Eleanor and Park is one I've heard the most about, then Land Line, I think. I do plan to read one of hers soon for sure.

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  17. I read the Book Thief last year and loved it! Have you seen the movie? I just recently watched it, and I thought they did a pretty good job with it.

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  18. No but I keep hearing good things about it--I think I need to watch it soon!

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  19. Your favorite kid books reminded me of so many that I'd forgotten!

    The End of Manners sounds interesting...I think. Is it depressing at all?

    I WILL read The Book Thief!

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  20. You won't regret The Book Thief...so good! So far The End of Manners hasn't really been depressing, they haven't really dived into the lives of the Afghan women just yet. It may get there. The more I read it the more I like the idea of it, but it's not really drawing me in like I thought it would.

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  21. I've heard too many things but The Book Thief to be disappointed! I know it's going to be really good. :)

    Thanks for the honest heads up on The End of Manners! Books like that can go either way depending on the way the author decides to handle the details. I cannot imagine living the lives that so many of those women have to lead. Still...We can't turn a blind eye (as much as my selfish side would love to).

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  22. I agree completely and that's why I wanted to read that book. Oh well, maybe it will get better, who knows.


    Speaking of depressing but good books about Afghan women, have you read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini? That was such a good book. Very depressing, but so, so good.

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  23. I haven't read that one! I know it's supposed to be really great, but I just couldn't bring myself to read it. Maybe I will though!

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