July/August/September: What I Read

September 2017 Reads | https://www.roseclearfield.com

I’ve been having so much fun sharing my recent reads that I’m continuing the series. Not surprisingly, my reading has slowed down a little bit since we got Tommy. I’ve also worked my way through several long (10+ hour) audiobooks, which has lowered my total. But I’m still reading and am excited to share my reads from the past few months with you today.

Over the past three months, I’ve listened to:


  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen. I waited over half a year for this 18-hour audiobook from the library. I really wish I didn’t get it three days before Tommy was born. I pushed through it, though. I’m sure it’s not shocking that Bruce Springsteen is a decent writer. This remark may be incredibly obvious, but a lot of the book is very lyrical. It’s a long listen but worth it.


  • Open by Andre Agassi. Open is…humbling to say the least. If you know anything about Agassi’s story, I’m sure you can imagine that large chunks of Open are pretty tough to process. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d make it past the first few chapters, but I’m glad that I did.


  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is so different from anything I normally read, which is a good thing. It was a great change of pace after reading two 18-hour autobiographies. I’m not burning to read a ton of Neil Gaiman, but I can definitely see his appeal. I’m sure I’ll read at least a couple more of his books at some point.



  • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. Raw. Honest. Funny. Carrie Fisher presents a candid, hilarious, touching perspective on the early Star Wars slice of her life. She strikes the perfect balance that you’re looking for in a celebrity memoir with just the right mix of personal background, behind the scenes peek into show business, and priceless famous people stories.


  • Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicty, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley. Ley should include a disclaimer that she’s writing Grace, Not Perfection for new, Christian moms. The book is really not applicable to any other audience. For this audience, it’s a great resource. My biggest gripe with Grace, Not Perfection is that she mentions her planners about 10 too many times. The book just reads too much like an ad for the planner line. You can take her tips for achieving grace over perfection without purchasing her one of her planners.


  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks. I read Musicophilia after reading Waking the Spirit, in which the author mentions it several times. The subject matter is fascinating. I learned a lot and enjoyed so many of the case studies. Musicophilia is medicine and psychology heavy. Even listening to the book, it took me a few times checking it out to get through the whole book.

Over the past three months, I’ve read:

  • Reached by Ally Condie. If you’ve been reading my book posts this year, you know that I’ve been working my way through Ally Condie’s Matched triology since the spring. I really enjoyed all three books. I still haven’t read the Divergent series (and probably won’t in the near future since I just finished this series), so I can’t compare it to that series. It’s not quite as good as The Hunger Games but is definitely worth a read. The premise is more like The Giver than The Hunger Games, which I like.


  • What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum. What to Say Next is one of my favorite books of 2017. I absolutely loved Buxbaum’s Tell Me Three Things and didn’t anticipate liking What to Say Next more, but I did. Her writing style is fabulous with well-drawn, interesting characters and a plot that keeps you turning pages right until the end. I don’t understand why books like What to Say Next get labeled as YA just because they have high school aged main characters. It’s a much better book than so many best selling fiction books.

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What have you been reading lately?

I’m always looking for new recommendations!

More reading posts:

My 2016 Reading List + Tips for Reading More Books | https://www.roseclearfield.com

My 2016 Reading List + Tips for Reading More Books

May 2017 Reads | https://www.roseclearfield.com

May: What I Read

June: What I Read | https://www.roseclearfield.com

June: What I Read


1 thought on “July/August/September: What I Read”

  1. I really like how Gaiman tends to narrate his own audio books.

    I have several unread books on my Kindle right now. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to start in on new books after finishing a series I really enjoyed, but a pre-order I’ve been looking forward to comes out tomorrow so I’ll probably start reading again soon!

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