Wednesday, July 15, 2020

What I've Been Reading This Summer

I seriously cannot believe that I have not written more about what I'm reading on this blog. That changes today! If you know me, like reallyyyy know me, then you know that I love reading. I read for fun every day, pretty much no matter what. Reading before bed has been a part of my night time routine since I was a wee little babe and has continued to be a highlight of my evening as I grow older. Now, let's get into what I've been reading. Oh! And support your local library!

From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein: 5/5 Stars
I love, love, love this book. I did not expect it to be as good as it is. I hope to be able to address my own life and mistakes with such honesty as Beck, and be brave enough to share them with the world. Beck was a stenographer during Obama’s second term and goes from being super green in the DC scene to being a pro in navigating spaces, both personal and professional. If you’re a young woman who has ever had questions about your career path, or general life path, I encourage you to read this book. It’s so dang good and teaches us how important it is to stay true to our values. Further, it’s so steamy, laugh out loud funny, and well written. If you’re going to read any of these books, this is the one. (Not pictured because I lent it to some friends and they’re loving it, too!)

The Last Girl by Nadia Murad: 5/5 Stars
OOOOOOHHHHH MY GOSH! This was a freaking page turner! This is a memoir detailing life before, during, and after enslavement by ISIS forces in Iraq. Of course I had read the news coming out of the region, but reading a first person account was just overwhelming at times, in a good/eye-opening way. So often, news stories distance us from the horrifying realities playing out abroad, and here at home in the US, and this memoir brings everything into focus. Amazing read if you have an eye towards human rights. 

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han: 4/5 Stars
This is a total summer novel, in fact it is actually branded “a summer novel” on the title page. Jenny Han is one of the GOATs of young adult fiction and for good reason. This is a fun read about a 19-year old woman in love with two brothers who are both also in love with her. Yes, sounds kinda weird, but open your minds, people! Un-traditional relations aside, it’s a good story about a young woman working through internal conflict. I love some good character development. If you like drama with a feel good ending, you'll like this read.

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares: 2/5 Stars 
Ann Brashares is one of my favorite authors and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series will forever be one of my favorite series. I've read a couple of her other books and had high hopes for this one, but it fell flat. I think Brashares has a real talent for giving voice to young women characters, but the voice of the male character in this was so stifled. The man's voice seemed like it was written by someone who had never actually had an intimate relationship with a man in real was like how you imagine boys talk when you're a young girl before ever actually getting to know a boy. Further, the story was mad convoluted and complicated for no reason. I relished the chapters written from the perspective of the young woman character, but it was rough getting through the chapters written from the perspective of the man (which felt like a majority of the chapters).


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