July reading wrap-up

I feel like summer just started and somehow it’s already nearing its end. This whole COVID-19 situation has put a damper on everything. My summers usually involve Fridays at the pool or at least one weekend at the Jersey Shore with my mom and me at the beach. Not this year. Though I did make it to the lake last week, it just highlighted all the more how this summer is different from all the rest.

The good thing about this month is that we finally have some new employees at work and so my work load is beginning to level out. I feel like I can breathe again and maybe, just maybe, I can have a much better work/life balance.

Speaking of, now that I have some more time to myself, I did manage to get through all but one of the books I had put on my TBR.

This was a book club read for the Modern Library Book Club, and we will be discussing it in a few days. It’s a hard book to get through as it deals with some depressing topics. I am still trying to put my thoughts together on this one, so it will be interesting to hear what others have to say.

The second of the Stephanie Plum series wasn’t my absolute favorite but it was still enjoyable over all. These books light, fun reads with quite the cast of characters. Grandma Mazur continues to be my favorite character by far. Her antics are downright hysterical. You can read my review for more about this book.

Margaret Atwood has definitely moved up to one of my top 5 favorite authors. None of her work is ever the same and she definitely delivers in “Oryx and Crake”. This dystopian book is about a viral plague that takes out mankind and the reasons why. As I said in my review, Atwood seems to have taken what was going on in the scientific community at the time and thought of the worst case scenario to come up with this tale. The scary thing is that the book was written in the early 2000s but it seems like we are living it now.

Not going to lie, I was afraid to read this book. I absolutely loved “Everything I Never Told You” and I didn’t want to read a book that might not be as good. I am so glad that I finally took the plunge. I absolutely loved this book. Celeste Ng has a way of creating characters that you can’t help but have feelings for. I seriously felt something for everyone in this book. I can’t stop thinking about it.

Kate Morton is another one that knows how to weave a story and create a cast of characters that you can’t forget. I was first introduced to her a few years ago when I read “The Forgotten Garden” and I am not sure why it has taken me this long to read more of her. This book seriously kept you guessing. Morton threw so many possibilities into this tale that each new idea seemed just a plausible as the next and yet it’s not until the end that the truth is revealed. I really have to read her other works.

The book I still haven’t finished….

I just don’t have any motivation right now to finish this book. It will remain on my night stand until I do but for now I am taking a break.

What did you read in July? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

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