What I’m reading: the new and the notable.

What I’m reading: the new and the notable.

Welcome to Quick Lit, where we share short and sweet reviews of what we’ve been reading lately.

This month I’ve been reading Southern fiction, a few new releases, and a handful of fast and fun weekend reads. I can’t wait to hear what you’ve been reading: link up a post or tell us in comments.

Series: Quick Lit 9/15
Good Cheap Eats: Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

Good Cheap Eats: Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

I'm a huge fan of Jessica's food writing and original recipes. She has good taste and her recipes always work. She also has a big family, and is savvy and realistic about what it takes to put dinner on the table every night. My kids and I flipped through her newest cookbook together, and we've bookmarked two dozen recipes we can't wait to try when our kitchen is up and running again. Published September 9. More info →
Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World

Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World

This is Emily's fourth book, and it edges out A Million Little Ways as my favorite so far. It's about finding grace in our everyday lives: not in the big-deal spotlight moments, but on an ordinary Tuesday, the smallest day of the week. I think many readers will find, as I did, that this is the right book at the right time for them. Published August 2015. More info →


This is one of those books you all have been telling me to read for YEARS. (I'd be embarrassed to add up how many times I've checked it out of the library and returned it unread.) When yet another due date approached, I read it in one day. This is a squeaky-clean Regency romance, strongly reminiscent of Georgette Heyer and often recommended for Jane Austen fans. I wouldn't hesitate to pass this on to my 10-year-old. Fast and fun. More info →
This Is What Happy Looks Like

This Is What Happy Looks Like

Smith is one of my favorite YA authors writing today: I included her novel The Geography of You and Me in this year's Summer Reading Guide. I read this in one day when I needed a break from the Serious Fiction I'd been reading all week. Smith excels at writing likable, sympathetic characters and plopping them into interesting settings, transforming her sometimes implausible premises into something worth reading. Sweet and engaging. Published 2013. More info →
Dear Carolina

Dear Carolina

I read this in preparation for Triangle Reads this weekend. This debut novel is written as a love letter to a baby girl from her two mothers—one by birth, one by adoption. This novel is fundamentally about love and motherhood, but the themes of interior design, addiction, and canning real food are also woven throughout. Feel-good Southern fiction. Published May 2015. More info →

More books coming this month I can’t wait to read: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith (9/1), Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (today!), The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr (today!), Lovable Livable Home by John and Sherry Petersik of Young House Love (9/22), Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (9/22), and After You by Jojo Moyes (9/29).

What have YOU been reading lately? 

P.S. The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle website crashed last night, so they’ve extended the sale through today (that’s Tuesday, September 15) at 2:59 p.m. Eastern time. If you couldn’t get on the site last night, no worries: get your bundle here.

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  1. There are so many books coming out this month that I want to read! Ransom Riggs (Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Geraldine Brooks, Jan Karon, JoJo Moyes, Emily Wieranga, and Rick Bragg … too many books, too little time. I’m chugging through Cutting for Stone, which is dense but so good so far.

  2. Molly says:

    I am working my way through Lincoln’s Team of Rivals (past the half-way point), Teaching with Poverty in Mind, and my book club chose The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. I have heard nothing but good things about this last title.

    • Anne says:

      I loved Team of Rivals but it was definitely one I had to work my way through. (You’re past the hardest part—I thought the first 150 pages were SO SLOW!)

  3. Arenda says:

    I’m slowly making my way through “A Prayer for Owen Meany” (John Irving) and starting “Doctor Thorne” (Anthony Trollope). The BBC is coming out with a television series based on “Doctor Thorne” so it seems like a good time to start on that. 🙂

  4. What am I reading lately? Work stuff. I am four books behind my personal reading goal for the year, so hopefully I will find some time! I did get to read my SIL’s book (All the Difference, by Leah Ferguson (shameless family plug)), so I will count that as a win. And hope for a sudden change in days that gives me several more hours.

  5. I have recently read First Impressions by Charlie Lovett, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey, and some of Louisa May Alcott’s works. I loved First Impressions.
    I am currently reading a biography of Louisa May Alcott and The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings.

  6. Amy Reasoner says:

    The Girl with all the Gifts, M. R. Carey – good, but heads up on this one (MILD SPOILER!) you find out about 20-30 pages in that this is a zombie book, which the cover copy doesn’t really indicate, and which is way outside what I normally read, but I liked it pretty well anyway.
    The Sense of Style, Stephen Pinker
    The Quilter’s Apprentice, Jennifer Chiaverini
    The Royal We, Heather Cocks (LOVING this so far; thanks for the recommendation!)
    All the Light We cannot See, Anthony Doerr

  7. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the Edenbrooke recommendation–I was having quite a week of health scares (mostly my friends’ families; everyone is doing better now), and it was a safe, diverting refuge in the chaos. I even enjoyed analyzing its plot and thinking of points I’d like tweak if I were its author. =) Next up is her other book, Blackmoor!

  8. I don’t know how I missed this… But thank you ever so much for reading Dear Carolina and sharing it with your readers. You are wonderful! I loved meeting you at Triangle Reads. You are even lovelier in real life! xo Kristy

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