Reading wrap-up for July 2021

It feels like every month I comment on how fast time is moving and so I won’t comment on that this month. It’s become redundant, though a bit ironic as I have just finished a book that is all about time – not having enough while at the same time having all the time in the world. I will say that July has been a weird month and I think it has to do with all the rain that we have been getting in upstate NY. We have only had small pockets of sunshine to break up the gloominess and it has put a real damper on things.

I wish I can say the rain is the reason for my lack of reading this month. I did read a little more than last month but one of the books took me way too long and I didn’t even finish it. I wish that I had called it quits a little sooner. However the books I did read were better than I thought they would be.

I have finally finished “Romancing Mr. Bridgerton” and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was nervous by how long it took me, but while it did have a slow start, it picked up in the middle and I finished it quickly. I have always like Penelope and I liked how she and Colin’s story played out. It was more than I thought it was going to be.

“The Killers of the Flower Moon” was actually my July read for the Capital District Book Club and was not on my TBR list at the beginning of the month. This book is compelling to say the least and very educational. It tells the story of the murders among the Osage Native Americans in the early 1900s, which became the first case for the FBI. What I thought I knew about how our government treated Native Americans is nothing compared to what I learned about what the Osage went through. This book tells so much in a few hundred pages and our book club definitely had a lot to discuss. Overall, everyone liked this read.

This book ended up being a pleasant delight. On the back cover, there is a saying that sums up this book entirely – “A life noone will remember. A story you will never forget.” V.E. Schwab is definitely a great storyteller and has a way with words. Often I found myself stopping to reread a sentence for the second time because it was so unexpected. I am definitely going to put her in the authors to read category.

Despite my best efforts, I was unable to finish “Blonde” by Joyce Carol Oates. Not only was it over 700 pages but it just dragged in some places. Though it’s a fictional telling of Marilyn Monroe’s life, with undoubtedly truth weaved in, this book read like a biography. I felt like I was getting a play by play and though I would have to read up on her to extrapolate the truth from fiction, I just couldn’t get into it. I only got about a quarter of the way through before I finally just put it down. Our book club ended up pushing our discussion date so people could have more time but I still couldn’t get through it. Unfortunately I ended up missing out on the discussion so I don’t know what everyone else thought of it.

What books did you read in July? Let’s discuss!

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