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Books I Stopped Reading in July

Books I read in July…a.k.a. books I made myself stop reading. For real. I didn’t finish one book in July.

With a baby coming in 2ish weeks, ain’t nobody got time to read books that don’t impress me. So here’s a list of the books that I put down and why I put them down. If you love them, feel free to make your defense in the comments below! I’ll definitely give them another try!


Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
I tried really hard with this one, I made it about 1/3rd of the way through but the subject matter stressed me out and wasn’t giving me life so I put it down.

 

 

 

This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick
I don’t know if it’s because I live in a big city or I live in the same city I grew up in, but this book really didn’t bring me much new information! It was a little too wordy for me and would be a great read from someone who has moved to a new place or someone who moves a lot, but alas, neither of those are me.

 

 

 

 


Young Wives Club by Julie Pennell
This was a spontaneous library pickup. I MAYYYYBE made it a quarter of the way through before the whininess of the characters got to me. Would maybe be a good beach read but I was not on a beach.

 

 

 

 


The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
I’ll probably pick this one back up, but I just didn’t finish it in July. It’s an easy one to pick up and put down. I’ve read other books by this author and really enjoyed them!

 

 

 

 

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
I didn’t get a chance to read this before I had to return it to the library. Sad day!! Looks like a charmingly light mystery series, perfect for a pregnant hormonal person like me. 😉

 

 

 

 

 


This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

I put this book on hold and forgot about it…reading about the subject matter I realized I’m not at a place emotionally where I can read a book like this, so it’s shelved for now but I’ve heard wonderful things and will return to it! Have you read it?

 

 

 

 

Okay – here they are, the sad books that didn’t make it through July. Have you read them? Would you advocate for them to be picked up again? Sound off in the comments below! 🙂

 

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Books I Read in June

I read some GREAT stuff and some meh stuff in June! I didn’t read nearly as much as I wanted to…isn’t that always the case?

I’m really having to reign myself in this summer because I’m pregnant which means I’m super hormonal and also off of my anxiety medication which means my imagination is running WILD and I can’t inhale thriller novels like I would like to. Don’t worry – I have my list going for after the baby comes and I mellow out. 😉 But for now, I’m trying to get as close to “can’t put down” without falling over into “nightmares and hysterics of a pregnant lady”

Also – a few of the books I read this month are on great sale from Amazon, so I noted which ones because I love to share a good deal.

ps. If you buy through any of my links, I get a teeny bit of money to start stocking up on diapers and boring stuff like that, just so you know. 🙂

The Sweetness of Forgetting – Kristin Harmel 4/5

This was my first Kristin Harmel book ever. If you’ll notice, I read two this month. This was an absolutely delightful read. I finished it in a weekend, it has a hint of mystery which keeps it going. The main character, Hope, has been hit with bad news left and right but she doesn’t wallow for long, which I very much appreciated! I can’t stand characters who whine about circumstances, and she does temporarily and rightfully so but she does what needs to be done and that pushes the story along well. The scenes move quickly from one to another but there is great detail once they change. For instance, she travels internationally and seems to just appear across the world but the description of where she is makes up for the lack of transition. Overall a great read, I’ve added more of her books to my list already!


The Bishop’s Wife – Mette Harrison 2.5/5

I stumbled across this book at the library, it’s a Mormon mystery, which I didn’t know until I checked it out and I also didn’t know even existed. Seems harmless for a pregnant woman right? Well it ended up being dreadfully boring and still gave me anxiety because part of the plot line was about her stillborn daughter, REALLY?! (don’t worry, it’s addressed pretty early on, not a spoiler. Not that you should even read this book.) The character stumbles upon two different mysteries and various evidence falls in her lap but it isn’t compelling at all. She’s an over thinker who takes too long to act. Has potential to be good but just isn’t. I found out it’s the first in a series and I MAY give another book a try but probably not for a while.


 My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout (Paperback on Sale 7/11 $9.52) 3.5/5

I have heard rave reviews of this book but I didn’t love it as much as others did. It was still a great, quick read, but not my favorite. Strout’s writing style is unique and leaves a lot in between the lines which becomes more obvious throughout the book. I think that’s why people love it, because they get to fill in the blanks on their own, so there’s the potential to take away a lot from Lucy Barton’s life. The story takes place when Lucy’s mother comes to visit her in the hospital and they both reminisce and share gossip from people back home, but it’s not lighthearted. Through the stories, they each speak deeper into their lives and their relationships. It’s a great read, deep but not too heavy and quick to finish.

 

The Life Intended – Kristin Harmel (paperback on sale 7/11- $6.95) 4/5

Another Kristin Harmel novel! The premise is reaching, but it’s supposed to be. 12 years after Kate’s husband dies tragically, she is engaged again and seemingly has it all, until her dead husband begins to appear in very realistic dreams. If you buy in early on, it makes it easier to read, don’t expect reality at some points. This was a slower read for me because I had a hard time not overanalyzing, but the ending totally redeemed it. I also realized about halfway through the book that I thought I was reading another book with a similar premise (this one. I still haven’t read it yet but come on, the plots are so similar yet VEERY different). Whoops. Unmet expectations were totally on me there. Can I blame pregnancy brain?

 

The Natural Pregnancy Book – Aviva Jill Romm 3.5/5

I won’t go into depth on this book, I’ve been reading different pregnancy books throughout my pregnancy and I will write a full post on my favorites shortly but for now, I did read this one this month. It was a great reference book, not too wordy. I got it from the library and probably would have benefitted more if I had owned it and highlighted the relevant parts. But overall, it was a good book!

 

 

 

Okay, here’s what’s on the docket for July!

  • Eight Hundred Grapes – Laura Dave
  • The Lost Book of the Grail – Charlie Lovett
  • This is Where You Belong – Melody Warnick
  • Anything is Possible – Elizabeth Strout
  • The Young Wives Club – Julie Pennell

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Books I Read in May

WIR MayMay was a big month for me in the book world. I got a new library card. Now, this may be insignificant to you but prior to a few weeks ago, I had the exact. same. card. I’ve had since I was 5. It had my first cursive signature on the back with my maiden name (obviously), I had the number memorized, we were in a long term relationship Richardson Public Library and I. Even when I went off to college and then moved back to Dallas but 20 minutes away, I only went back to see RPL.

But horror of horrors. My card expired. I went to renew and alas, they wouldn’t let me because my permanent address is no longer in Richardson, nor has it been for the past 3 years but whatever.

So they sent me to a Dallas Public Library *GASP*. Where there are multiple convenient locations. WHAT? And your books automatically renew 100 times (unless someone requests it) WAIT NO OVERDUE BOOKS? and you can return your books to any location. I’M STILL NOT SURE HOW THAT WORKS!

So, while I still love my RPL, I’m getting used to the convenient DPL app and the fact I can request any item and get it within a few days at my closest location (it may be a little bit amazing…). Therefore, my reading is off the charts and I’m so excited to share what I’ve read and what I thought about it with you!

ps. If you buy through any of my links, I get a teeny bit of money to start stocking up on diapers and boring stuff like that, just so you know. 😉 


A Touch of Stardust – Kate Alcott 3/5

I  wanted to love this book more than I actually did. It takes place on the set of Gone With the Wind and is loosely based on fact. It was well written but it just didn’t capture me the way I expected it to for a book written during such a glamorous time. The main character Julie, who has just moved to Hollywood from Indiana, is much too passive for me. Despite the fact that the entire subplot has to do with her life, she simply reacts and that’s hard for me to read. It’s a great “before bed” read and it took me a long time to finish. But an overall okay light read.


First Women – Kate Anderson Brower 4/5
I am totally enthralled with life in the White House. Completely obsessed. I find it absolutely fascinating and I couldn’t wait to read this book. Forewarning – it is LONG. I think it took me half of April to get through most of it and then I finished in early May. As opposed to The Residence written by a former Chief of Staff, this book is written by a 3rd party so the writing reads more like a collaboration of research. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed hearing the stories of First Ladies and their relationships with one another and in the limelight. Truly a great read, but I’m biased because I love anything on the subject.

Talking as Fast as I can – Lauren Graham 5/5

Oh, what a treat. I love a good memoir! This is a book I can imagine is delightful in audiobook form but I read a physical copy, in one day. The cover has tanning oil handprints on it and I have the tan lines to prove what a delightful afternoon I spent reading this book. I adore Lauren Graham but knew nothing about her or her personal life before this book. She is beyond relatable and an excellent storyteller. I feel as though I could sit and have coffee with her and we could actually get along despite the fact I am not an actress. I don’t want to give anything away but it’s really a great book!

The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney 4/5

I’ve had this book on my to-read list for over a year and I finally got my hands on it! (Thank you, library!) And let me tell you, it is NOTHING like I thought it would be! It’s the story of the Plumb siblings, their father set up a trust fund for them that they refer to as “The Nest” and it’s to be given to them when the youngest turns 40, which is right around the corner. But one of the brother’s gets into some trouble and The Nest is drained to bail him out. The story becomes about much more than money and they siblings stories weave together beautifully to show redemption. I really enjoyed it!

Your Perfect Life – Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke 4/5
This book reads like a really good rom-com. It’s chick-lit but not in a brainless way. It’s Freaky Friday but with two best friends with very different lives. They’ve grown up together and grown apart in their lifestyles, but when they switch, they begin to wonder what makes their own lives so amazing and what are they willing to do to get it back? Really great and not at all cheesy!


The Bookshop on the Corner – Jenny Colgan 3.5/5
While the book itself was wonderful, I think my favorite part was the introduction where the author gives detailed tips on how to read in any location. Even the best way to read in the bathtub. SO right from the start, I knew she was my people and I would love her work. This is the story of a girl whose life begins to hit rock bottom, so she tentatively follows her gut and opens a bookshop in a van. It’s sweet and it’s really and of course, she falls in love. Really a delightful read and I can’t wait to dive into others by this author!

 

Here’s what’s on the docket for June:

  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel
  • The Mindful Mom-to-Be by Lori Bregman
  • This is Where you Belong by Melody Warnick

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