The Fourth of July is right around the corner and I couldn’t be happier. My husband and I are heading to New Jersey to visit the parents. I haven’t seen my mom since before COVID-19, and even though I talk with her everyday, it will be nice to spend time with her. We will be spending the weekend with the family eating good food and have countless laughs. The only thing I am not looking forward to is the traffic, but hopefully not many people will be out.
Things are starting to settle down at work. We lost two people during June and it was madhouse, but we have a new boss coming in on Monday and I will be getting someone to work with me hopefully in the next week or two. Then maybe, just maybe, I can take a nice long vacation. Though I know that won’t be until August. For now I am biding my time and trying to at least take Fridays off to get three-day weekends. God knows I have the time.I have been trying to balance my work and personal life, but work has been winning. Maybe this is the month that the balance will start tipping in my favor.
I didn’t get around to a lot of reading last month for reasons I mentioned in my wrap-up post, but this month I am determined to get back on track. I signed up for the library summer reading challenge, which I will explain in a future post, but I think it will be just the thing I need to get back to it. Since I am actually ahead in some of my book club reads, I can actually put some more personal picks on the list this month, which is exciting. Hopefully I can bridge that 7 book deficit I have had for months in my summer reading challenge on Goodreads.
Book club pick
“Disgrace” by J.M Coetzee
This book is the July read for the Modern Library Book Club and I am looking forward to it. We have a whole new reading list and the first book we just got done reading was pretty damn good. The fact that this book won the Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize must mean that it is just as good, if not better. We shall see.
“The Lake House” by Kate Morton
I had read Kate Morton’s “The Forgotten Garden” years ago and remember loving it. I had always planned to read more of her books but for some reason never got around to it. This book has been on my shelf for a year and it sounds the perfect summer read.
“Two for the Dough” by Janet Evanovich
Maybe it’s the fact that I am going to New Jersey this weekend or the summer, but I suddenly a craving for some Stephanie Plum. I seriously have to thank my friend Carmen for introducing me to these books. She bought me “One for the Money” awhile ago and when I read it, I felt like I was back home. This is the book that I am bringing with me. I know it will be a light, fast read, perfect for a weekend at the Jersey Shore.
“Oryx and Cradle” by Margaret Atwood
I know that we are still in the midst of a pandemic but I can’t help but want to read a dystopian novel set post-plague. For some reason it’s intriguing me and besides it’s by Margaret Atwood so it’s bound to be good. The only thing is that I don’t have the other books in the trilogy, so if I like this book I am going to have to wait for to read the others.
“Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
As I mentioned in my wrap-up, this is my transition book from June. I have started reading this book and I love it. The character development in this book is amazing. Normally, I am not one to write a lot of notes about a book, but I can’t help but keep jotting things down. There are so many passages that are capturing my attention and quotes that I want to remember.
“Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” by Erik Larson
This is the other book that I am reading from last month. I am nearly halfway through it, and while intriguing, it’s a slow burn for me. I have no doubts I am going to end up loving this book. It’s just a matter of getting there.
What are you reading? Have you read any on the list? Let’s discuss!