Recent Reads

One of my big goals for 2017 is to read more. I set a target of 20 books for the year because I only made it through 12 last year and I feel like it’s a realistic goal. So far, I’m doing pretty well! I’ve discovered the key for me is finding books that are quick, captivating reads. I read and write so much for my job that I don’t want to have to come home and think too much about the book I’m diving into. I am going to try and pick up a few deeper, more substantial books throughout the year when I can.

One of my co-workers is starting a book club, which will help motivate me to read a little bit everyday. Our first book is Middlesex, which I’ve had sitting on my shelf for years. I’m excited to finally crack the book open! Here are some other recent reads I’ve enjoyed.


I picked up this book after hearing the authors, Tom French and Kelley Benham, on an episode of Radio Lab. I listened to the episode while driving home to visit my parents and was in tears for much of the ride. I had to pull over at one point because I was crying so much. Tom and Kelly talked about their daughter, Juniper, who was born at the edge of viability. They explain the seemingly impossible decisions they had to make without knowing what the longterm implications for their daughter might be. The podcast episode is the most memorable I’ve ever listened to. So, when I heard Tom and Kelley were writing a book about Juniper, I was excited to pick it up. Each chapter is written in either Tom or Kelley’s perspective and the detail is what made me love this book. The authors both happen to teach at IU’s Media School and are journalists, which made their story even more interesting to me.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

I came across this book when looking through NPR’s book concierge, which is a great resource if you’re looking for something different to read. This young adult fiction starts at a summer cheer camp, where the main character Hermione’s life is forever changed. It details the aftermath of the summer, as well as Hermione’s personal growth. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book because it tackles some tough subjects. I’m adding more young adult fiction to my to-read list!

Big Little Lies

I picked this book up after my friend Katie recommended it and immediately got sucked in. Big Little Lies follows the lives of Kindergarten parents who all seem to have secrets of their own. It starts out seeming like a pretty surface-level read, but quickly becomes much more intriguing. The author includes hints about a crime in every chapter, which comes to a head at the end of the book. I’m really excited to see the HBO series based on the book when it comes out later this month. If you like mysteries or thrillers, I would highly recommend this one.

The Sleeping Beauty Killer

I mentioned this book in my Friday favorites last week. The Under Suspicion series is among my favorites and the books never disappoint. They chronicle the life of television producer Laurie Moran and her show Under Suspicion, which takes a fresh look at unsolved crimes. Each book features a different mystery and I’ve read them all within a few days. The only downside of reading this book is you’ll have to wait for the next one to be released!

What books are you loving lately? Tell me in the comments!

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