What I Read in July

Monday, July 25, 2016

This month I found time to read three books. It's still not as many as I'd like to have read, but it was a start. My book choices ranged from YA to Romantic/Historical Fiction to Women's Lit. I was a little all over the place, but for the most part was happy with my choices. Here's what I read this month. 

The Infernals by John Connolly

Plot: "Samuel Johnson is in trouble. Not only is he in love with the wrong girl, but the demon Mrs. Abernathy is seeking revenge on him for his part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of evil. She wants to get her claws on Samuel, and when Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into the dark realm, she gets her chance" - via Goodreads

What I Thought: First of all, this is the second in its series. It's a YA book and as dark as it may sound I will tell you that both the first and second in this series have kept me laughing out loud. The author includes footnotes at the bottoms of the pages, some of them are informative, some of them talk directly to the reader, and all of them are funny. I am usually the worst about finishing series but this is one that I can't wait to read the rest of!

Rainwater by Sandra Brown 

Plot: "Ella Barron, a single Texas mother, built a careful life running a boarding house in the Depression - era cotton South. But when a mysterious stranger takes a free room, he also takes Ella's careful life apart. In the tradition of Gone With the Wing comes historical romance in the Dust Bowl" - via Goodreads

What I Thought: Last year I had the pleasure of sitting in on an interview that my parents conducted with Sandra Brown for their magazine. She was as graceful and eloquent as I imagined her to be after reading her work. They spoke about Rainwater and I knew it was something I needed to read, and I was right. This book gave me so many feelings. It was perfectly romantic, nostalgic, sad and wonderful. I loved everything about how much this book captured my attention and made me want to read all of her work. 

The Vacationers by Emma Straub 

Plot: "For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Fanny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experience, childhood rivalries resurface and ancient wounds are exacerbated. 

This is a story of the sides of ourselves we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together. With wry humor and tremendous heart, Emma Straub delivers a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocable altered yet whole" - via Goodreads

What I Thought: This is probably going to be an unpopular opinion. I had high hopes for this book because just about everyone I know who read it before me has said how much they love this book. I'll be honest, I didn't love it. I liked it, it was fine. But I found myself being more annoyed with the characters then feeling any connection to them. I read it quickly and was left feeling like things were tied neatly in a bow, but not in the ways that I would have hoped them to. I was left wishing for more, although I definitely think you should still give it a chance because my feelings seem to be the minority. 

What have you been reading lately? 

1 comment

  1. I am so ready to read for fun again! My current grad school classes are almost done and I'm ready to read for me!


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