Sunday, August 2, 2020

July 2020 Reads

I had a good month of reading in July, and I'm ready to share it with y'all! I like how there can be twists and turns in my month - several books I read this month I didn't even have on my radar when the month started, and one book I reserved at the library TEN months ago, and it finally came in! So let's dig in.

The Ballad of Songs and Snakes by Suzanne Collins - Erika posted about reading - and loving - this Hunger Games prequel, and I didn't even know there was going to be one. I don't know that I would have read without her enthusiastic review. BECAUSE it's about President Snow when he's younger, and I didn't think I could enjoy a book where that vile person was the main character. However, this book doesn't make you like him or enjoy him but it helps you understand him more, which I found interesting. You also learn more about how the Hunger Games came to be the way they are by the time Katniss is involved. It was a really good book, and I'm glad I read it! Anyone who was a fan of the original trilogy will enjoy it I think.

The Hunger Games trilogy  by Suzanne Collins - After reading Ballad, I just had to go back and reread the original trilogy. I read all 3 in a week and was really happy to go back to the world of Panem with Katniss! Trent has been asking for over a year to read the series, and I finally gave in, so it was also fun to talk about the books with him AND we watched the first movie together. I love sharing a love of reading with him!

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord - This was a really adorable YA read about 2 kids at the same school who end up in a Twitter war over their family restaurants. It was cute and cheesy, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker - This is the book I waited 10 months to read! It follows 4 women who work for the same company and what happens with a list of 'Bad' men makes its way around Dallas. It was a bit of a thriller with some twists {that I didn't expect}, and it had an interesting timeline where you knew someone died but didn't know who or why and you kept getting bits of police interview transcripts and legal depositions as the timelines met up. I liked it a lot and it kept me guessing, but I would still say - even though I continue to read these types of books - they aren't my favorite. Enjoyable for sure though.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - I have no idea what to say about this book. I read it for a few reasons - 1) I set a goal to read 2 classics this year, 2) my BFF Kristen loaned me her copy easily 10 years ago, and 3) it would get a book off my TBR pile. I started it in June, and I didn't finish it until late July. It was really difficult to get into because I didn't like quite a few of the main characters. It is supposed to be an 'epic' love story, but one of the love interests is a vile person. But then I read a review that talked about it being a 'gothic' story and that made a lot more sense. After sitting with it for a little while and thinking about it, it is like a soap opera. A LOT happens, and it's a crazy story. But it's also written in the 19th century way {meaning hard to get through}. So I'm torn. Anyone else read it? Would love to talk about this one!!!

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon - This was an absolute DELIGHT! Samiah and Daniel work together {except he's actually working undercover for the government trying to uncover a money laundering scheme} in AUSTIN {nice little surprise to see my town!} and immediately have feelings for each other when they meet. But Samiah was just triple-timed by the last guy she was dating, so she swears off men. You can guess what happens next... {grin} While that description might make it sound cheesy, this totally wasn't. Both Samiah and Daniel were people I genuinely liked, they were just really good people. I also liked that the booked talked a lot about being a woman of color in the technology field and how hard Samiah had to work - I always love when learning happens while being entertained. The book covered a lot of topics that made me think while being really engaging and enjoyable. I loved it!

Failing Up by Leslie Odom, Jr. - I ended the month with a quick little read by Aaron Burr, ha. Partially a motivational book {which I normally don't go for} but also Leslie's story about making it big in Hamilton. This was a really enjoyable book, and it makes me love Leslie even more. He seems like such a genuine and great guy!

Nothing new to report for my reading with Trent and Drew. Trent and I are still reading Stamped. We are both really enjoying it, and Drew even listens too sometimes, and we are having great dialogue. It's taking so long because...we can't find it right now ha! Drew and I are still reading Lightning Girl. Lately she has been reading with Paige and me for Paige's bedtime or she's listening to Stamped, so I would say we only read Lightning Girl once or twice a week. We should easily finish it in August though because we are super close!

Last up - My favorite book for the month was The Boyfriend Project. It really was such a fun book!

What do you think? Did I read anything that interests you? I'm already excited about what I've got checked out in August!!


Emily said...

I also did not know there was a Hunger Games prequel! I’m now 118 on the waitlist lol. The Boyfriend Project looks cute so snagging that one too

Erika said...

I'll have to add some of these to my list!! Glad you enjoyed TBoSaS. Prob not going to be attempting Wuthering Heights, so sorry, hahaha. The Boyfriend Project and Failing Up, though...yes!

Kathryn Bagley said...

Need to read the hunger games one! We are reading The Perfect Nanny for BC and I'm actually reading it..ha! The beginning pages sucked me in right I may just finish a book finally! I'm still reading 2 of the others..Beautiful Ruins and Beneath a Scarlet Sky-need to finish those!

Natasha said...

Okay, now I want to re-read The Hunger Games. Ahhhh -- I loved that series so much! And I have some other ones to add to my holds list. Yay!!!