What We've Been Reading


Hi friends! And happy spring! Michaela and I were texting each other first thing yesterday morning, thrilled at the prospect of spring finally arriving. In the PNW, the dark and dreary days can really get to you, and while we work harder every year to combat that, we're thankful nonetheless for the longer days of light and warmth upon us.

We've been overwhelmed with reading as much as we can and ensuring we're covering all of our bases for books we want to read and books we need to read. But that TBR just keeps on growing and, I'm sure you know the feeling, of looking over at that stack and feeling like you want to read them all right now. We have learned the value of saying "not right now" to avoid that overwhelming desire to read everything. We've given ourselves plenty of grace to break from reading, to indulge in other pleasures, and take the time to just figure things out for ourselves.

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We've explored some new things for our reading lives for a while now, and it's been pretty fun to learn more about things we didn't expect to like. Michaela really got into graphic novels to keep her reading flow going, and as many of you know, I'm up to my elbows in Young Adult books for a current graduate class. The fun thing about both of those styles of books is that they don't take as much to sit down and get through, and they offer a gratifying reading experience regardless. Since we both have young children, sometimes that's the answer to all of our prayers. 

Lately, I've really enjoyed Turtles All the Way Down, The Hate U Give, The Sun is Also a Star, and Ship Breaker. Some of Michaela's graphic novels include: This One Summer, Drama, and Americus.

A few others we've been reading lately were: My Life in France (our latest buddy read, we both loved it!), I Am I Am I Am, and Brown Girl Dreaming. A food memoir, a collection of short stories, and a book written in verse, all played a part in exploring the "something different" category. Each one has filled us with something that you simply don't get from sticking to the typical contemporary fiction book. The best part is that we've learned that we enjoy something we wouldn't have guessed we would.

We definitely encourage you to pick up one of these books. Have you read any of these? Do you have any to recommend to us? Please let us know in the comments!

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