July Reading Recap

Happy End of July! Overall, July was a great month for me – Looking back, the 4th of July was a blast, my new job celebrated summer with an outdoor party, my book club met on a beach for a Sunday afternoon of fun, we attended a beautiful wedding in Fullerton, California, and took a trip to San Francisco!

Between all of that, I was able to get through 5 books! That’s more than I expected considering my study schedule, but somehow I also feel like I didn’t really get in to any of them. Here are my quick thoughts on each with full reviews linked where available. Also quick note, these are in order of completion date!

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Literary Fiction, LGBTQ Fiction
Tone: Serious, Somber, Inquisitive
Structure: Alternating narrator in two distinct but related stories
Read if you like: reading about the AIDS crisis, Paris, cults, art history

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Mystery
Tone: Cozy, Gothic, Suspense
Structure: First person in present time, with diary entries from the past
Read if you like: family dynamics, suspense, England

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Genre: General Fiction (Felt YA to me)
Tone: Sassy, Snarky, Gossipy
Structure: Alternating narrator, Linear timeline
Read if you like: Reality TV culture

Boomtown by Sam Anderson

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: American History
Tone: Respectful, Humorous, Intriguing
Structure: Two dominant story lines – one present day, one moving through time
Read if you like: American history with a sense of humor, urban planning, basketball

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: General Fiction
Tone: Quirky, Fantasty
Structure: A long meandering journey to a big climax
Read if you like: Going along for the ride, narrators who are a bit “different”

Did we overlap?? Tell me your favorite book you read this month!

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