Reading Update

I have been on a reading roll lately. For the first time in a long time, I’ve actually had time to dedicate to reading. (The sun setting at 4 pm probably has something to do with it.) The books that I read have been great too, and that certainly doesn’t hurt.

This is also the first time in my entire life where I’ve been able to juggle multiple books at a time. I never understood the people who could read two, even three, books at a time and now, somehow, that’s me. Now I always have one audiobook going in the car and one on my nightstand. I even have one on my phone in case I find myself without a book and with time to kill. For some reason, it’s easy for me to juggle the different books when I’m in different “settings” while reading.

Okay so the books:

Small Great Things

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult // You absolutely have to read this. I didn’t know too much about the plot when I started except that it dealt with racism. It was uncomfortable to read at times as a white woman, and that was, I think, Jodi Picoult’s ultimate goal. Now I know, Jodi Picoult is a white woman as well… That part made me skeptical, but I think she did a good job of presenting different characters, each with varying degrees (types?) of racism and what that means overall. It’s a particularly relevant read.

Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors, and this book tops my list of her best. Now, it’s different than her typical books and also similar (i.e. big theme with some issue with the law…). I could not put it down. I sat in bed for four hours one night so that I could finish it. It’s good.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll // When I was in Tampa, I only brought one book home (see above). And since I finished it unexpectedly fast, I needed to get a new book while I was there even though I had a shelf of to-reads at home. My mom recommended Luckiest Girl Alive, and it was a page-turner. It’s about a reinvented woman revisiting a dark period in her past. I wouldn’t consider it the most well-written book of the century, but the story was quite entertaining. It was at one point considered similar to Gone Girl, but I wouldn’t say that (at all really). It was hard to get into at the very beginning, but once I got the gist of the plot/characters I didn’t want to put it down. I read most of it on my flight back to Connecticut, opting to read over watching Bravo (my guilty pleasure on JetBlue flights).

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica // This was on my to-read list for a while, and I found the audiobook at the library, so I decided to give it a try. Again, not the best-written book, but still pretty entertaining. Even though the characters aren’t particularly likable (kind of annoying at times), I had time to get attached to each of them. This is more like Gone Girl than not– a girl is kidnapped, and her family tries to piece together where she is and why.

These three books would all be great “winter break” books. When you just want to hole up inside under a blanket for a few hours at a time with page-turners.

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I was wondering how Small Great Things was! Good to know it’s one your favorites of hers. I’m almost done reading The Nightingale- have you read that one yet? It’s SO GOOD. It’s so well written which I think you’ll appreciate and it’s an amazing historical fiction tale about 2 sisters in Nazi occupied France.


Oh my gosh, The Nightingale turned me into a puddle. I was so glad I read the end alone in a hotel room so nobody saw me SOBBING. 🙂


The Good Girl was pretty disappointing but at least it was a quick read! I’ve been holding off on Luckiest Girl Alive for that reason- it’s hard to tell which books are trying to copy the Gone Girl formula and which ones are actually good.

I like Tana French’s books- they are captivating and have the same genre as Gone Girl, but they are well written and have a little more depth.

Books in the Air

Love your feed, Carly! I always look out for your book recommendations to feature on my Instagram!!! Feel free to send us pictures of your books with some scenic Connecticut views in the background! Happy Reading 🙂


Reading is great and hardly ever a waste of time. However, I noticed that you mentioned that the writing wasn’t fantastic when referencing your latest reads. Maybe a classic-Jane Austen or Charles Dickens as winter read might be a good change.


right now I just like to read for stories, quick reads where I can get sucked in really fast! Sometimes I feel like I’m back in high school with required reading with classics 😂

Madeline | Mad's Muses

I’ve loved Jodi Picoult since high school, and I’d thought about reading this one but hadn’t snagged it yet. Definitely going to pick it up the next time I’m at the bookstore!


My book club just finished Small Great Things last month. It was a great discussion and had all of us re-thinking what we thought we felt about the topic.
I had high hopes for The Woman in Cabin 10 but 50% in on my Kindle and hasn’t sucked me in yet.
Keep the book posts coming please!

Stacey Weigel

I have to know- How do you feel about e-readers? I have a book shelf that is so full like yours, but I can’t seem to let go of the smell of a book. Sounds weird, haha!


I had a Nook throughout college and it was PERFECT for college since I had no place to store books. Now I prefer to read a real book, but I also think e-readers are still helpful!

bridgette mack

Her books are the best! I think even with the “to reads”, putting her books on the top of the list are always a priority because they are so lovely! Thanks for the extra recommendations!


If you haven’t already, you HAVE to read Leaving Time. It was one of those, sit straight up in bed crying because a something touched your soul kinda books.

Charmaine Ng

Your post just reminded me of my large stash of Jodi Picoult books in my bookshelf. I’ve only read half of them – I suddenly grew really into thriller and crime novels so I stopped reading her books. Time to reread!

– Charmaine

Fiona Hawkins

I was skeptical of Jodi Picoult’s new book for similar reasons (plus I’ve never really been into her other books I’ve read). I also found Luckiest Girl Alive hard to get into but I’m tempted to give it another chance. Thanks for the recommendations!


Carly in case no one’s mentioned this yet, you can get the Kindle app on your phone and download e-books from the library. It’s free (cheaper to feed your reading habit!) and they’ll automatically take the book back when it’s due, saving you even more money on late fees! Then you can read when you’re waiting for meetings or getting your hair done or any other time you’d otherwise be wasting time. A lot of people don’t know this hack so I love sharing 🙂


I liked Good Girl – quick read. Like you said it wasn’t the best written, but the story was interesting. I’ve had to stop reading Jodi Picoult’s books! I’ve read a few my mother in law has given me, but she gave me one last year (Handle With Care) that left me super depressed afterwards and kind of angry at the ending. I haven’t read one since!


“Small Great Things,” holds one of the most special places in my heart. As a nursing student I picked it up thinking it would be another story regarding issues concerning medical malpractice or lawsuits. However, I was mesmerized as well as heartbroken throughout most of the story (especially since it is based on true events that happened less than five years ago). No matter one’s profession, I think this is a must read for every up and coming young person in America. I gained so much insight from reading this book that I will take with me in and out of the hospital for the rest of my life!