What's On My Reading List, July Edition
Last week on Instagram stories I asked if you guys wanted to see what I've been reading and what I'm looking forward to reading, the answer was a resounding YES. "What I'm Reading" posts are some of my favorite posts to read from my favorite bloggers. I don't know why it's taken me so long to write my own!
For this post, I'm breaking it into Books Read So Far and Books on My List. Mostly because I've read some good books that I really want to recommend. And now have a whole bunch of books I can't wait to read. So I'm sharing them all!
Books I Read So Far
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl tells the story of Cath as she embarks on her first year away at college with her twin sister Wren. Only Wren tells Cath that she doesn't want to be roommates and Cath feels like she's alone- except she has Simon Snow. Cath is obsessed with the fictional Simon Snow series and is immersed in the fan fiction world. But now she's contending with a surly roommate, the roommate's charming boyfriend, worrying about her dad, and being completely outside her comfort zone.
I was absolutely hooked on Fangirl and everything Cath goes through is something anyone who's been forced out of their comfort zone can relate to. Also, there's a love story which is always something that keeps me reading on. Plus, Rowell does a great job of discussing mental health in a real, genuine way.
The One and Only by Emily Giffin
Shea Rigsby has lived her whole life in Walker, Texas, a small college town. Everything revolves around football and so does Shea. Her best friend Lucy is the daughter of the head coach, Clive Carr, and she is devoted to the team. When an unexpected tragedy affects Shea and the Carr family, it changes everything. Shea sets out on a new path and discovers some unsettling truths about the town, the team, and the people she's known her whole life.
Emily Giffin's books are tricky for me; I usually like them and read them quickly but don't love them. This was definitely the case for The One and Only. There's a twist in the story which is intriguing but I didn't like it at all. I still wanted to finish and find out what happens. So let's just say this is a mixed review.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
This historical fiction novel tells the story of two sisters in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. It chronicles their struggle to survive as they make difficult and heartbreaking choices.
At first I had a hard time getting into the story since I didn't enjoy either of the main characters. But as the novel progressed, I got more and more invested in the story and couldn't put it down. While I've read many books about World War II, this story was unique in that it really focuses on how women in an occupied country had to make awful, difficult choices to take care of their families and others.
Books on My List for July
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
A sequel to Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before, it picks up where Lara Jean's story ended: her budding romance with Peter.
From Good Reads: "Lara Jean didn't really expect to fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren't. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean's feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?"
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
From Amazon: "From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upended their lives."
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
From Good Reads: "Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his American-born Chinese girlfriend to the wedding of the season."
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
This book shares the daily habits of some of the greatest creative minds throughout history. It shares how artists like Kafka, Sartre, Agatha Christie, and Andy Warhol along with many others structure their day to be most productive and inspiring.