Monday, August 01, 2022

July: What I Read

 Summer reading at its finest this month, my friends. I relished the summer page-turners to the tune of just about a book a day— until the early July 20’s when the wheels fell off a bit, but WOW have we been busy. Also, it has been hot, and a storm knocked out our power for a couple of hours and I have been spending my time worrying about my air conditioner hitting my target temp of 67 degrees, OK? (We got the AC fixed, and I think it has been slowly breaking for awhile, and everyone is cold and wearing sweatshirts inside JUST THE WAY I LIKE IT)

THIS BOOK. A revelation: (But more about it below)

Maybe Read These:

Baby Proof by Emily Giffin: Meh. **Audio

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon: She’s good at churning out the spooky thrillers, and this was one that really freaked me out in places. **Audio

Love and Other Disasters by Anita Kelly: Adorable. But pretty predictable. **2022

The Lying Club by Annie Ward: This has everything I usually like— murder, private school dramZ, mom problems-- but it was just ok for me. **2022 

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton: This was so scary and suspenseful because the main character is NUTS and it’s hard to predict what she’ll do— really enjoyable listen. **Audio

Probably Read These:

Dusk, Night, Dawn by Anne Lamott: I really, really love her.

Cul-de-sac by Joy Fielding: LOVED this one and could not stop listening. **Audio

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center: I did not hate this one. **Audio

Reputation by Sarah Vaughan: This was slow for me until all of the sudden it wasn’t. A good thriller with characters who are more than their mystery types. **2022

Aurora by David Koepp: I flew through this one and am so excited for the movie. **2022

Happy for You by Claire Stanford: I have been wanting to read this one for months, but I kept forgetting to put it on hold. Finally, I did, and it was great. Funny, kind of sad, so satisfying. **2022

The Shore by Kate Runde: This was a lovely, spare little book. **2022

I Came All This Way To Meet You by Jami Attenberg: I love her books so much. This memoir was just ok for me, but I think it's because the audiobook narrator ( not the author) was kind of boring. **2022 **Audio

Definitely Read These:

So Happy for You by Celia Laskey: This one came up in my library search when I was requesting the Stanford book, so I got it, too, and I LOVED it. Such a funny critique of the neoliberal marriage industry. **2022

Are We There Yet by Kathleen West: Loved this gossipy novel set at a middle school and featuring lots of mom drama.

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand: Is it just me, or are her books getting better and better? After you have read a dozen or so of them, you start to recognize your old favorite characters who show up in the background, and I just admire that. **2022

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth: I always enjoy her books, but this one is her best yet. **2022

Like a House on Fire by Lauren McBrayer: YES! This is a just a good, original read with good, original characters. **2022

Definitely Read These RIGHT AWAY

 Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild: So creepy and delightful— loved this completely insane narrator so much. **2022

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager: His best book yet, for sure. **2022 **Audio

New Kid by Jerry Craft: I started a banned books club for my middle grade readers with neighborhood friends, and this was out first pick. SO GREAT. Read it! (Preferably with the kids in your life).’]

Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman: This book was both feel-good (yay!) and predictable (boo!), but I really like Abbi Waxman because she’s funny, and her characters are always charming. **2022 **Audio

Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris: So funny, of course. I also cried a couple of times. I read some of these essays in The New Yorker, but listening to him read them was a real treat. **Audio ** 2022

Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder: OH MY GOODNESS. You all know I am weird about only choosing best-of books from the current year (as if I am a tastemaker LOLOLOLOL), but I cannot imagine reading a better book. It’s so weird and funny. Please read! **Audio

My faves this month:

This Month:

24 books

13 books published in 2022

 14 print and 10 audio

This Year:

150 books

60 books published in 2022

78 print books and 72 audiobooks

1 comment:

  1. I think this is the first time I've read some books along with you.
    I loved Adult Assembly Required. I just finished it as I was in hospital with my middle boy for the night.
    The younger woman -I'm still not 100% sold on the ending. Was he evil or not?