July Wrap-Up

Oh, happy day! Another beautiful summer month has come and gone. Despite July being an incredibly hectic and difficult month, I still managed to lose myself in some wonderful books. I read 12 books during July and have also been listening to Michelle Obama’s- Becoming, but I haven’t had a chance to finish listening just yet. I hope that in this beautiful stack of books that you can find something that you enjoy! Happy Reading, friends!

Five Star:

The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden
Have you ever read a book that felt as if it were just destined for you to read it at that particular time in your life? If you haven’t, well I hope that one day you will because it’s almost… magical. If you have, then you know exactly what I’m talking about when I say that this book fell into my lap at a point in time that I needed something uplifting.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
This book gave me the creepy crawly chills that I try to avoid because it makes my heart rate go up. It was everything that I hoped it would be and then some. This storyline was flawlessly executed and cemented Ruth Ware into her spot as one of my favorite authors.

The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader
This storyline had everything that I was looking for in a summer read; it was full of family drama, unresolved conflicts, family secrets, a small-town community, and a love story. I knew I would enjoy reading this story just by reading the synopsis but I didn’t realize how much I would love it.

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber
This book is the first book in a long long time that has brought happy tears to my eyes. There are lots of books out there that have made me cry tears of sadness but this one brought me tears of happiness that I haven’t experienced in a while

Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins
This book. I LOVED this book. I did not expect to become so attached to the characters of this story but boy did I ever. I was a huge fan of the alternating perspectives throughout the story because it gave me a greater understanding of each person and what each person was going through during that summer in Sheerwater. I was also completely surprised by the ending; I had my guesses but the ending made me sit back and say “wow”.

Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey
I think I can describe this book in three words; whirlwind, whiplash, brilliant. I’m not kidding you all. I just finished reading this last night and I plan on re-reading a few chapters today because I feel like I’m missing something and I need to have a better understanding of what happened. I thought that this book was over and then I realized that there were still 100 pages left and I thought “what more could happen in 100 pages?” Oh, don’t you worry, EVERYTHING.

Four Star:

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
I loved the whimsical feel of this book. It drew me and as one of my friends pointed out, it reminded me (a bit) of Where the Crawdads Sing. It also is based around a concept that I didn’t know anything about. It drew me and kept my attention as the premise surrounding everything was almost magical.

The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
If there’s one thing that I have always wondered about its what life would be like if I had made one decision over another; if I had taken the road less traveled; if I had said no, instead of saying yes. Would things have turned out differently or would I have ended up exactly where I sit today? The Two Lila Bennetts did a phenomenal job of highlighting that concept within its 320 pages of dual-narrative non-stop psychological suspense.

Educated by Tara Westover
It took me a few days to be able to collect my thoughts on this book. I was blown away by what Tara’s childhood (and even adulthood) were like. I can’t imagine not stepping foot into a school until I was 17. If your education was as sacred to you as mine is to me, then you will truly appreciate all that Tara Westover overcame to get where she is today.

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney
This book was completely different from what I had anticipated it to be. I thought it was about a husband and wife who have secrets and they are all going to come tumbling out as she regains her memory. Nu-uh. It was way more than that and, in all honesty, I can’t say much else because I think the shock factor comes from figuring that out for yourself.

Three Star:

Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman
I also enjoyed the way the author was able to tell the intricacies of the personalities that converge together on a college campus. Countless circumstances go into the relationships that form while in college and this story did a marvelous job of depicting how friendships can form, strengthen, weaken and end in the four short years of college. However, this book lost my interest because of its portrayal of animal abuse. If you check out my full review, it will tell you more.

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali
This was an eye-opening book that explored issues of immigration and cultural assimilation, as well as unbreakable family bonds, the depths of love and loss, and that quirks of fate.

Thank you to Random House, St. Martins Press, Ballantine Books, Scout Press, Gallery Books, Lake Union Publishing, Forge Books, Thomas Nelson and Berkley Books for sending me these beautiful books!

Until next month!!

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