December Reading Update

The final month of the year. I love updating this list each month.

  • Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham – Have I mentioned how much I love audio books written and read by celebrities? I do (as evidenced in November, October, September, and April to name a few!). This book was written by an actress I have loved for years, from Gilmore Girls (old and new) and Parenthood. I loved hearing secret little details of her life and the cast from each of these shows. I believe if we met in real life, we could be friends. Lauren, call me, maybe?!
  • Superficial by Andy Cohen- Yet another celebrity autobiography that I listened to read by the author. This is the diary Andy kept for a year and a half and it is a ridiculously superficial look into his celebrity-filled, name-dropping, House wive-managing life and I loved it!
  • Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris – I have no idea how I ended up buying this book, but I’m so glad I did! It was a fast-paced mystery told half in past tense and half in the present. The story was horrifying (about a psychopathic husband who tortured his wife) but the race to see if or how she might escape was fun to read.
  • Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum Series #20) by Janet Evanovich – I haven’t read a book in this series in YEARS, so it was nice to revisit old friends Stephanie, Lula, Morelli and Ranger. The never-ending love triangle continues in this edition, as Stephanie quits her job as a bail bondsman yet again. It was a fun, simple read!
  • Shh! This one is a secret! – I read an early draft of a professional book that I am so excited to see out on bookshelves later this year. It was a fun experience and I was honored that the author, who is a dear friend, asked me to read the draft and provide feedback.
  • Sycamore Row by John Grisham – This is a follow-up to A Time to Kill, which I read many years ago (and of course saw the movie too!). As I read this, I visualized all of the actors who played these familiar characters in the movie, which made the story more fun to me. The story is about a hand-written will a white man left just before he committed suicide. In this will, he cut out all of his family and left 90% of his $20 Million estate to his black housekeeper. Even though the story takes place in the late 1980’s, this quickly becomes a battle about race and money and class, with Jake Brigance as the lawyer hired to defend this highly contested will.


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Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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