This month was weird for me and books. I have two YA, 3 non fiction and two fiction. I ‘m normally not a huge fan of non-fiction so three in a month is strange for me. Anyway, the only one I truly loved was Beartown so I’m hoping for a much better reading month in August.
Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon / I loved this book. I love any book that can make you feel the excitement of a first kiss or being touched for the first time by someone you love. It was such a sweet story, and I loved all the dialogue, whether between text or emails. YA books normally make me all giddy and this one was no exception. My favorite quote (so much so that I screenshot the page that it was on so I wouldn’t forget) – “Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it’s impossible to tell the difference.”.
A Mother’s Reckoning : Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy – Sue Klebold // I don’t know what to say on this one. I never thought of the perspective from the mother of one of the Columbine shooters – I only thought of it from the scared kid in school perspective. To be honest, I know she loves her kid – it’d be hard not to even after that, but it just seems like she never really fully accepts his part in it, and she seems way too obsessed with how everything looks from the outside. I would skip this one – it might just piss you off like it did me.
Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times – Carolina De Robertis // A book of letters written to past, present and future people about the time of Trump. Everyone knows how much I don’t like the guy, but to quote from the book, “The president-elect of the United States in the year 2017 is not going to be what ends human life.” I really loved the letters from parents to their children warning them to not buy into the hateful rhetoric and to believe more in hope and possibility.
Bear Town – Fredrik Backman // This book has been on my library waiting list FOREVER, and when I finally got off it for this book, I tore through it like a mad man. You guys have said such said things about this author and this book, and none of you were lying. Every character (and there were quite a few) was interesting and relevant to the story – and I loved how it centered around one main topic – hockey. I love love loved it.
Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy // I loved this for so many reasons. I never quite fit in in high school (SHOCKER, I KNOW!), and was a little overweight – but I felt like I always had my little crew – and they brought out the best in me. I was even the sidekick to the prettier best friend who always had boyfriends. I never got my Bo in high school, though, but I loved that Dumplin’ got hers. This was just an all-around feel good book, and after the seriousness of the ones I’ve read this month, it came at just the right time.
Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham // I love Gilmore Girls. I used to watch it every day while I was in college – it was the only thing I wanted to watch when I was sick in the hospital for a few months; to the point that it drove my best friend at the time crazy whenever she came to visit me. I loved getting to learn more about her, and I especially loved the section where she wrote about her days on set of the reboot. If you love Gilmore Girls and Lauren Graham, then this book is for you. If you don’t like either of those things, then you might want to skip this one.
Into the Water – Paula Hawkins // Meh. I liked this one ok. I think the story could have been told just as well from half of the characters in this book. I will say that I couldn’t call the ending, and since I’d read her popular book a while ago, I couldn’t really compare it to that. It passed the time just fine, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it.