July reading wrap-up

Hey my fellow book admirers,

It feels like forever that I have posted. Oh wait… it has been awhile. My impromptu hiatus was due to craziness at work before and after I went on vacation. Things are finally winding down and I finally have the time to post. So even though it is long over due, I figured I would go back and do my wrap-up for July.

Due to the chaos, I was only able to read four books:

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Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie 

Since finishing this book, I have been recommending it to anyone that has asked for a good book to read. I can’t get over how powerful this book, particularly the ending. Every time I think about it I want to cry. You can read my full review here.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Another book I keep recommending. I can’t believe I almost chose not to read this book. Thank goodness for book club. After reading this, my perspective on this controversial issue completely changed. You can read my thoughts in my review.


The Dreamers by Karen Thomas Walker 

This was an interesting book about a mysterious illness that befalls a college town. It definitely reminded me of the movie Outbreak. I thought the ending was a little disappointing but I enjoyed the book overall. See my review here.

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Louisa May Alcott  by Susan Cheever

I have had this book on my shelf for years, having bought it on the fly at a Barnes and Noble. I decided to read it in preparation for my literary weekend, which will be in a separate post. It was good but a little disappointing. The first half of the book was more about Louisa’s father than it was about her. The author also had a habit of including more detail than was necessary about side issues. While context is necessary, I felt that it took away from the story, which is supposed to be about Louisa’s life. I plan to pick up some other biographies to see how they differ.


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The Naked and the Dead

This was supposed to be for my Modern Library’s Top 100 Book Club but wasn’t able to finish it. I wasn’t able to go to the discussion because I was away on vacation but I do plan to finish it at some point. It’s about a platoon in the Pacific during WWII. It’s actually really good so I want to know what happens.

Have you read any of these titles?  What did you think? Let’s discuss!

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