In Other Reading . . .

I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share a bit about some of the other books that I've been reading.

 Gridiron genius by michael lombardi

It is the most wonderful time of the year for football fans. Football season is starting and football books are being released. Gridiron Genius by Michael Lombardi (no relation to Vince) is a behind-the-scenes look at what makes some NFL teams so great. I had the opportunity to read an advance review copy via Netgalley so I can't quote from the book but there are a few lines that are just genius/borderline snarky in the humor. I hope they made it to the final edition. The book would be great for all football fans and students of the game. Gridiron Genius is available for preorder now and will be released September 11, 2018.

 Shattered mirror by sarah price

Shattered Mirror by Sarah Price tells the story of a mother fighting to save her son from drug addiction. Kelly Martin is a single mother who is the only one in her son's life willing to face the reality that he is in trouble. Her ex-husband, her family, and her community offer no support, preferring to avoid the issue or blame her parenting for his addiction. Shattered Mirror offers a hopeful story to those facing similar struggles with addiction. It is free to read via Kindle Unlimited.

 Belle by sarah price

The same Sarah Price who wrote Shattered Mirror might be best known for her Amish fiction. I grew up near an Old-Order Mennonite community so once in awhile I get a craving for books about that simple, tech-free life. Sarah Price is my favorite author for these stories. Her books are true to the Amish faith and lifestyle. It is a wonderful change of pace from business books and psychological thrillers. (In full disclosure, I much prefer her books that are not based on retellings, but all of her writing is solid.) Belle is the first in the Amish Fairytale series.

 The hiltons by j randy taraborrelli

If you follow me on Instagram or have read some of my other linkup posts, you know that I love J. Randy Taraborrelli. His biographies are very well-written and well-researched. The Hiltons is about the rise of Conrad Hilton and his hotel empire. I could've gone without the mentions of Paris but I suppose there is some relevance to the story and it really is a tiny portion of the 500+ page book. I can't decide which of Taraborrelli's books to read next.

What have you been reading recently? Let me know in the comments. I'm always looking to add to my TBR list.

Reading Wrap-up July 2018

I am linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share some of the other books I've been reading lately.

 Sinatra by J. Randy Taraborelli

Sinatra by J. Randy Taraborelli

I love biographies and J. Randy Taraborelli has become my favorite biographer. I haven't read all his work yet but I've read two (Sinatra and Jackie, Janet and Lee) and am working on the third (The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe) and all of them are very well done. Taraborelli is a story-telling artist.

 The Duchess by Penny Junor

The Duchess by Penny Junor

I have been fascinated by the royal family since Charles and Diana married. I remember watching the wedding with my mom and realizing for the first time that princesses really did exist outside of fairy tales. I enjoyed reading about Camilla and Penny Junor is a talented writer. I loved this description of Camilla's childhood home in The Duchess:

“the ivy-clad house sits on a slight incline at the end of a gravel driveway, in complete seclusion, surrounded by five acres of garden, with fields belonging to the neighbouring farm beyond. It’s big but not grand, essentially a comfortable family home, with light, airy rooms, high ceilings and open fireplaces where log fires crackled in winter.”

Doesn't that paint a lovely picture?

 The Insulin Express by Oren Liebermann

The Insulin Express by Oren Liebermann

The Insulin Express was not what I expected. I was thinking it was exclusively about sugar and diabetes and what is does to the body, etc, etc. It's more a travel memoir mixed with medical information about Type 1 diabetes. Liebermann became diabetic while he and his wife were traveling around the world. And seeking medical care in foreign, remote locations is dicey. It took me a couple chapters to get into the story but once I did, I was hooked. (If you Kindle Unlimited, you can read The Insulin Express for free.)

Do you have any favorite biographies or memoirs? Please, share with me in the comments. I would love to add them to my tbr list.

Reading Wrap-Up

I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy's Quick Lit to share some of the other books I've been reading.

I have been on the waitlist at the library for Reading People since November 2017. I love the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog so I was eager to read her book yet I'm not interested in personality stuff so I really didn't want to buy it. I enjoyed reading it and Anne does a good job explaining why it's useful to understand your own personality and that of your loved ones. Pictures do not do the book itself justice; it's beautiful!

Instead of settling in for a "typical" retirement, Lynne and Tim Martin sell their house, store their possessions, and set up temporary residence in different countries for weeks at a time. Lynne does a wonderful job of describing the unique aspects of each location—the food, the scenery, the people. I love the idea of traveling but am quite the homebody so I savor other traveler's stories.

I have been a Harlan Coben fan for a long time now but haven't read his YA books. I actually picked up the first in the Mickey Bolitar series for my son because I thought he might enjoy it and I ended up reading the entire series myself. If you've read Harlan's series with Myron Bolitar, Mickey is just like his uncle. 

Found is the third book in the Mickey Bolitar series and it seems that it will be the last. I liked how the series closed out. The loose ends are tied up but it's open enough that it could be picked up and continued if Coben ever wanted to write more.

What have you been reading lately? Please tell me about it in the comments. I am always looking to add to my TBR list.