Since publishing my list of favorite books read in 2019, nearly everywhere I go, people make comments about three things: the amount of books I finished last year, the quality of my selections, and how much they want me to write more. “Amelia”, my friends say, “tell me what I should be reading.”
Well, friends, here I am… but I’m not going to tell you what to read. Instead, I’m going to tell you what I’m reading and you can do with it as you chose.
Here’s what I’m thinking: Once or twice a month, I’ll do a book-related post. I’ll list the books I’ve finished, mention what I’ve covered for book clubs that month, and share some casual reviews. I’ll end the reviews with a recommended audience–that way, you can see if it’s something you’d like. I’ll also include links to all the titles’ Goodreads pages so you can track things down on your own.
Sound like a plan?
With August comes the end of summer reading. In my last month’s recap, I mentioned a big stack of books in my room I hoped to cover before starting up grad school again. I made it through everything in my pile except A Room of One’s Own. After four years away from Virginia Woolf, I thought I was ready to return to her again. (I even wrote her a break-up letter back in 2014). Alas, I was wrong. I guess our reunion will have to wait.
Something I noticed this month was a lack of quality YA and an increase in nonfiction. Of the YA I read, none really captured my attention. They all took longer For nonfiction, I read an in-depth analysis of Harry Potter, a book on the Enneagram, and made it halfway through an excellent collection of essays about walking. (The walking book will have to wait until my next school break to finish. It’s fascinating, but slow.)
After sitting on my to-read list for many years, I finally got to read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! I was so excited about this one, it was my book club pick for the month. I absolutely loved it.
- Number of books read: 10
- Number of pages read: 3,127
- Number of audiobooks listened to: 2
- Number of rereads: 2
- Longest book: Legendary by Stephanie Garber
- Shortest book: Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver
- Highest rating: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (4.5 stars)
- Lowest rating: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastain
Some notes on my stats:
- Audiobooks are included in total page count. It takes me longer to listen to a book than read it, so I count them
- My ratings are on a 5-star system and are ridiculously subjective
If you want more information about each book, follow the links embedded in the titles. That will bring you to the book’s Goodreads page.
Another month has come and gone, and I’ve been busy reading! Because, really, what else do I have to do with my time? Actually, I’m quite thrilled because my massive pile of library books that I’ve been chipping away at since January is now reduced to ZERO! Which is a good feeling!
I was on a roll early in the month, but slowed down near the end due to being out of town. This month features a ridiculous amount of YA (what else is new?), some new releases, some rereads, some hyped books, and some that had me less than thrilled.
My thoughts on the following books are all spoiler-free. If you want to talk about any of the titles, feel free to leave a comment!
It’s been a while since I’ve talked about all the things I’ve been reading. Some of these, I finished almost a month ago! Holy cats, does time fly! I’m glad I take notes on each book I finish, otherwise I wouldn’t remember what I thought about them.
Here are the books I’ll be discussing today:
Let me know what you’ve read lately in the comments!
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!
Hunger: A Memoir of My Body by Roxanne Gay
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.
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
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.
Things have been busy in my corner of the universe lately and, while the reading hasn’t stopped, the recording of it definitely has.
In my reading update posts, I normally do an Inbox (what I’m about to read), an Outbox (what I’ve recently finished), and sometimes add a Currently Reading section. Because I haven’t done one of these in a month or so, I’m going to switch things up and talk about all the things I’ve finished.
Over the past couple of weeks, soooo many of the books I’ve been excited for have come in for me at the library. My pile is at least ten books high. It’s a bit overwhelming, but very fun.
So here’s what I’ve been reading lately! Continue reading
I’m joining in Top Ten Tuesday once more, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a summer freebie. I’ve decided to do my list around books that feel like summer–which, for me, means a lot of things.
Some summer reads actually take place in the sunny season–featuring fluffy, light romances that are prefect for reading on the beach.
Others are funny and fun, which put me in the mindset of summer no matter the season.
Something about summer always puts me in the mood for epic fantasy… or just something really long that I can sink into.
And then there are the books that are a summer tradition. Not a year goes by that I don’t listen to Tolkien on audiobook.
Here’s the list…
It’s time for another glimpse into my reading life. I’m going to be going on vacation in a couple of weeks, so it might be a while until my next one of these.
The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
When I was a kid, Gail Carson Levine’s stories were some of my absolute favorites. I still read Ella Enchanted almost every year and it gets better each time. When I heard that she was coming out with another book set in the world of The Two Princesses of Bamarre, I knew I had to read it.
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Currently, I’m halfway through this brick of a novel. Yes, over two weeks of listening only to this audiobook in the car has me only halfway. The pacing is pretty slow, but I know that Sanderson likes to take his time. The world building is incredible (no surprise there) and I am growing to love the interesting and complex characters. It’ll probably be a few more weeks until I read the end, but I think spending so much time in this world will only make the conclusion more satisfying.
It’s been a while since I’ve participated in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a cover-themed freebie, so I decided to feature my…
Top Ten Best Dressed YA Novels
I’m an absolute sucker for beautiful ladies in beautiful dresses and there are so many to choose from in Young Adult fiction!
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
THIS BOOK COMES OUT ON TUESDAY AND THIS IS ME RIGHT NOW:
I feel like I don’t even need to say anything else.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I keep seeing this book everywhere and am deciding to give it a go. While it looks pretty trippy and weird, it has a high Goodreads rating. And the main character is a librarian… which, of course, is awesome.
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
This has been on my TBR list for ages… in a moment of weakness, I ordered the audiobook from the library. I love Sanderson’s fantasy books, but I honestly don’t know if I can handle listening to this one. It is 45 hours long–which is even longer than the Geroge R.R. Martin books I listened to earlier this year. So, while I still really want to read this book and am including it in my list this week… might not actually get to it for a while.