For The Love Of Books | May + June 2021

Happy July! 

I'm super happy to be getting back to a little more consistent reading and having simply been making the choice to read whenever I can. 

Do you guys rate your books? All the ones I read in the last two months I gave four stars (on Goodreads) simply because I enjoyed them for one reason or another. Enjoyment for me generally means that the book kept my attention and I was glad I read it. 

Here's what I read the last two months:

Infinite Country by Patricia Engel | Short, powerful novel - the best kind that helps create compassion in the reader.

No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood | I started this book a couple months ago and found it really hard to focus on the writing style. I had to re-read many of the passages to even come close to making sense of what she was writing. At times it felt like reading a foreign language I was only partially proficient at understanding. I didn’t hate it for that - I gave her credit for a unique writing style. I picked it back up again a couple days ago when I reorganized books I’ve partially read and was profoundly moved by the shift in the story and how that same style of storytelling could touch me so deeply. Her reflections on that life experience felt so completely universal and the writing was brutally beautiful.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave | Thriller. Super fast engaging read. It's the kind of book that always pulls me back into reading again. 

In An Instant by Suzanne Redfearn | This is one of those books that will stick with me. It was beautiful + intense + gave me all kinds of things to think about related to our experience as humans. 

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalia Harris | I think I'm going to read this one again at some point because there were so many things going on that I think I missed the first time around. 

When The Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain | Slow burn mystery. Challenging + heavy topics. Kept my interest. 

Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy | Quick read. Enjoyed the twists. 

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