July 2013 Books

I like how RA organizes her book posts and I think I’m going to start doing mine similarly. I’d still like to write them monthly, so I might not always have something in every category, but I think it will be simpler this way. Do you guys like the covers? I’m a visual person and love it when book posts have something to look at. A big block of text with no images to break it up seems daunting. I often end up glossing over a new title line and being confused about what book is being discussed.

(All book covers are Amazon affiliate links, FYI. It’s the only way I’ve found to get a clean cover without the “look inside!” arrow. I’ve tried using Swistle’s method for getting rid of it over and over but can’t get it to work!)


Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
This was absolutely not a guilt-trip book, but I totally cringe every time I throw something in the trash now. I really enjoyed reading the book. I checked it out from the library and kind of want to buy a copy to have as a reference. It was down to earth and, although some of it was a little too much, most of it seemed doable to me.

Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
I was really in the mood for chick lit and this was perfect. I was constantly frustrated I couldn’t just check out of my life and keep reading and reading. If you’re not feeling the genre, though, I can’t speak to whether you’ll like it or not.

Also, can you believe this is my first Jennifer Weiner book? (It was her first book as well…I like to start at the beginning, even when it doesn’t matter.) This month’s Marie Claire had a great article about her, which I can’t seem to find online, so I made a note to grab one of her books the next time I was at the library.

Dead Ever After: The Final Sookie Stackhouse Novel (#13)
I had a hard time getting started with this one and had to return and re-check it out a few times, but once I got rolling I liked it. It was a nice end to the series and, for once, everything was wrapped up the way I would have wanted. There are some really pissed off fans out there, but there’s no way she was going to make everyone happy. I’m just glad that with this series I’m not one of the disappointed!


Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

I’m only two books into this series and I’m already tired of the ending, where *big* *final* *clue* is practically written in neon for the readers and the usually smart protagonist completely misinterprets it. The first three quarters of the book was good, though, and better than book 1.


The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
While theoretically about a plantation family, their slaves, and the little Irish girl who comes to them as an indentured servant, this is really about the power of secrets and of evil. It’s a lot to take, all the evil. I read about half of it one night before bed and couldn’t sleep. I’m not sure I recommend it.

The characters felt real to me, though, and I kind of miss them. I think this would have been a two-star book for me if I weren’t still thinking about them and hoping they do well after the story ends. (I gave it three stars. And am still conflicted as to whether I recommend it.)

Love Does by Bob Goff
“I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It’s the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day.” – Page 80

This is not the book for me. That whole paragraph makes me want to gag. If it floats your boat, read away. There are some great stories – just pages before he’s talking about how he snuck into the Library of Congress during the filming of National Treasure 2! – but yeah. I don’t respond to that kind of imagery/rhetoric, personality-wise. If you get the chance, grab the book off the library shelf and read Chapter 10 wherein he encouraged his children to write to every president, prime minister, or dictator of every country in the world and ask for interviews. It turned out pretty cool.

3 stars because while I didn’t care for (much of) the author’s writing style/book, by the end I really liked him. And he listed his phone number on the last page!


Cleaning House: A Mom’s Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement
You know what I loved most about Zero Waste Home? She treated the reader like a grownup. She trusts you to do your own research and assumes you’re reading the book because you’re interested in reducing your household’s waste. So she gets on with it and gives you some suggestions. In direct contrast, the author of this book spent the entire book trying to convince the reader kids today are overpriviliged and something MUST BE DONE. I’m willing to bet if someone is reading your book about how to reduce overpriviligedness they’re already convinced. Even I, who didn’t have a problem to fix (since my kids aren’t yet old enough to be too screwed up) thought I’d read amusing stories about teaching older kids to do chores and, in the process, pick up tips so I could start early. But no. There’s not much of that.


  1. I love the book covers, yes! I am totally guilty of choosing books by pretty covers.

    I keep thinking I should do book posts, too, and then I realize that I don’t get through enough books to write a post about them. How do you manage to finish so many?!?!?

  2. I only started doing book reports this year, and I decided to do quarterly ones because once a month seemed very frequent for the amount that I usually post (8-10/month). But then I have like 20 books to report, sooooo I don’t do book covers for every title, just the handful that I REALLY like.