Thursday, August 01, 2019

July: What I Read

4 Hard No's (And 3 of these are really well reviewed-- one I grabbed from a library display because I like the author)

19. In Another Time by Jillian Cantor:  I think I have reached my WWII historical fiction saturation point.

18. Overbite by Meg Cabot:  Me: Oh, this is about a vampire.  Jack, looking at the book cover: I mea n, did you think it was about a dentist?

17. Home Remedies by Juliana Xuan Wang: I am disturbed by these stories and not always in a good way.  A little too heavy for the pool for me.

16. In West Mills by De'shawn Charles Winslow: Slow to get into, but then the voice captivated me.

6 Books You Could Read but Should Probably Skip

15.  Normal People by Sally Rooney:  This was really well-reviewed.  I just did not connect.

14. The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker:  Blah blah blah

13. Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting by Anna Quindlen:  Meh.

12. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang: Meh.  Solid meh.

11. Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict:  This was a book club pick, and it's baaaaaaad.

10. Otherwise Engaged by Lindsey J. Palmer: A good book to read fast at the gym.

5 Books to Read at the Pool

9. Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok:  Such a sad and intriguing story! 

8. Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim:  I am a solid meh on this one, but the reviews are really good, so maybe I am just a meanie.

7. The Nearness of You by Amanda Eyre Ward:  A good summer pool read.

6. Me for You by Lolly Winston:  Another good pool read.

5. The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory:  YES.  I have read and enjoyed this whole series, and there's one more book coming.

4 Terrific Memoirs to Read Right Now

4. The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After by Julie Yip-Williams:  LOVED this blog turned book.  Read it!!

3. No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny:  I love her so much.  You should listen to her podcast and read  It's OK to Laugh also.


1. Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land:  Oh my goodness.  This is every bit as good as everyone says it is.


  1. Ruth Reichl is hands down my favorite person IN THE WORLD! I have read and now own almost all of her books (I just snagged another one today at Half Price Books!). Seriously, all her books have recipes and all her books I don't want to end. I also DESPERATELY want to visit her and her kitchen and watch her cook! Ugh. Swoon.

  2. I am (obvs) very passionately fangirling over Ruth Reichl.