I am not sure what happened to my reading streak from May but it seemed to fall to the wayside last month. I only read two books. Well that isn’t true. I read numerous books but I didn’t finish them. I now have a growing pile of incomplete books that I want to finish and it’s kind of giving me anxiety. I am not this person that doesn’t complete books. In an attempt to rectify this situation, I decided to forego the reading wrapup, because there isn’t anything to wrap up, and just jump into my reading list for July. It’s going to be mix of the books I have to read, the books I want to finish and the books I’m hoping to get to,
Book Club picks
“Blonde” by Joyce Carol Oates
So this is the July pick for my Metaphorically Speaking Book Club that I just didn’t get around to last month. My group meets on Friday so I am seriously cramming this 754-page book in one week, but I heard that it’s a fairly quick read. I was never overly interested in Marilyn Monroe, but maybe Oates’ fictional take on her story will capture my attention.
“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V.E. Schwab
I have never read V.E. Schwab but this is the fiction pick for July in the Capital District Book Club. The plot sounds interesting. I have heard the hype about Schwab’s other books and if this books turns out to be just as good, I may have to read the others.
“Ending Up” by Kingsley Amis
I had never heard about this book but it sounds like it’s going to be a good one. It’s about the elderly, specifically a small group living out the end of their days. I am sure parts of this book are going to be hilarious. Have you ever been around the elderly? They are on the same grounds of children in what they say or do being absolutely unexpected and outright outrageous. And I am sure that there are going to be many parts of this book I am going to relate to. Not because I am elderly (far from it) but rather because I have much older parents and have worked around seniors my whole life. I am actually looking forward to this book.
“Broken (in the best possible way)” by Jenny Lawson
If there is one book I am going to devour this month, it’s going to be Lawson’s new book “Broken.” I was so happy when I received this book for my birthday and just reading the first page I was getting sucked in. Lawson feels like an old familiar friend.
“Romancing Mr. Bridgerton” by Julia Quinn
I am not sure why but this book is taking me forever to get through. I am not sure if it’s because I am just tiring of the series or if it’s the book itself. Maybe it’s on purpose since Penelope is one of those “boring” characters that noone really pays attention to in the book. I feel like I have been reading this book forever and I am not even halfway through it. Hoping to finish it soon.
“Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell
So this was actually a book club read in June for the Capital District Book Club but I didn’t get a chance to finish it though it was really good. My book club really enjoyed it, which is all the more reason I am determined to finish it.
The Books I completed in June
“Rebecca” and “Revolutionary Road” were both for Modern Library Book Club. “Rebecca” we discussed at the beginning of June and it was sooo good and the rest of the group agreed. We will be discussing “Revolutionary Road” this week and I can’t wait to hear what others thought about it. It was definitely a book that new for it’s time, detailed the reality of being in a loveless marriage but hoping that everything is going to work out in the end. Let’s just say this doesn’t have a happy ending.
What are you planning to read this month? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!