July Reading Wrap Up
July always tends to be a big reading month because it is summer vacation, but I was sort of underwhelmed by my reading month as a whole. I think there are a lot of reasons for this, some of it is because I was dealing with some personal things in July that made it difficult to really focus and find a solid groove with a book, and another is the books themselves. None really grabbed me, and there were several that I sort of skimmed through because they just did not hold my attention. Again, was it just me? Or the books? Probably both. Of the ones I read, I would recommend The Mountains Sing to generally everyone (I listened to the audiobook and I found myself waiting for moments to keep listening, I thought it was great), the rest I would only recommend to certain people. Trust Exercise was strange, and I can see why its polarizing, but Susan Choi can definitely write very well. Blonde was good, but very long, and JCO said some pretty dumb things on twitter about ¾ through my read so it definitely took the wind out of my sails a bit. But reading that in tandem with She Said was QUITE the experience. More thoughts on those two soon….Cheers to a better August.
[ID: Pictured from top to bottom: The poetry book Field Guide to a Haunted Forest, by Jarod K. Anderson, Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates, The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buelhman, She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, Columbine by Dave Cullen, Just By Looking At Him by Ryan O. Connel, Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, and Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley]
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