Book talk time! I’m definitely not a full-fledged book blogger. I definitely have the reading stamina, but don’t have enough drive to do all the writing. But I do love informally sharing what I’ve been reading lately. I used to call these posts Inbox//Outbox, but from here on out will just call them “What I’m Reading”. Because, really, that’s much more to the point.
So here is what I’ve been reading over the past few weeks!
Other possible title for this book: In Which Roxanne Gay Bares Her Soul. I can only imagine how much courage it took to write this book. It follows the trajectory of her life–after being sexually assaulted at the age of twelve, Gay turned to food as a comfort and safety mechanism. In this memoir, she shares the story of her life thus far and the experience of living in her body. She covers topics like sexual assault, fat shaming, weight loss TV shows, dating, etc. The writing was articulate and brutally honest. It broke my heart more than once.
This book is the PERFECT summer read! It’s a soft retelling of You’ve Got Mail, only it takes place in California with surfers and film lovers. I adored the main characters, Bailey and Porter. The whole “we are arch enemies” aspect of the plot faded pretty frequently, transitioning to “we bicker all the time because we are super attracted to each other”. The plot was predictable, but that didn’t diminish the enjoyability of the book. Sometimes, it’s absolutely lovely to sit down with a fluffy book that you can finish in a day. That book was it for me.
This book was a total flop for me. I had been eagerly awaiting its release for quite a while, mostly due to the gorgeous cover. While I thought the world Carmack has created was intriguing, it didn’t really click with me. The characters were two-dimensional, the romance felt forced and inauthentic, and nothing seemed to happen plot-wise. Will I read the rest of the series when they come out? I think I’ll pass.
This book has been all over Book Riot recently and it was only a matter of time before my library hold came in. It was just as adorable as I expected it to be, but I didn’t think it was anything to write home about. My favorite aspect of the book was the way Dimple and Rishi balanced their lives as children of immigrants. They walk the line between their Indian heritage and their American daily lives, inhabiting space between cultures and sometimes not belonging to either camp. This affected their attitudes and decisions, which I enjoyed reading about. There have been a lot of diverse YA books being published lately and, while this wasn’t my favorite read, I’m glad to see more stories like this being told.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Every summer, I listen to Tolkien’s masterpiece on audiobook. It’s a tradition I’ve been following since 2011. It took a month, but I made it through once more. Something about summer draws me back to Middle Earth. After this round, though, I might take a few years off. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m so familiar with everything that happens that I didn’t feel much joy in the story. I found this go-around more tedious than enjoyable. I was relieved to reach the end. I think that I need time away from Tolkien so, when I come back, I’ll be an eager listener once more.
Stop back in a couple of weeks for more book talk!
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