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What I Read: August 2022

What I Read: August 2022

August was… an interesting month for me. I was a sick for bit. I started a new challenge that could take me the next five years to complete. I celebrated a milestone birthday. Oh, and I finished writing my first book. (Future post on that coming soon!) It also in a way marked the closing of summer and the start of fall- even though the temperatures don’t reflect that quite yet. So, to say it was a month of change would be an understatement.

In terms of books (which is what you’re really here for), I read 7 books in August featuring both non-fiction and fiction:
-Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
-Fear Is My Homeboy by Judi Holler
-Can’t Look Away by Carla Lovering
-Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha Allen
-The It Girl by Ruth Ware
-The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan

Let’s get into the reviews!

What I Read: July 2022

What I Read: July 2022

I feel like summer has flown by.

One minute I was talking about beach reads and eagerly anticipating my vacation and now I’m already checking Bath and Body Works collection of fall candles (my favorite, Pumpkin Bonfire, is already in stock!) and considering Halloween costume ideas. Time is strange.

July proved to be a slower month of reading for me and didn’t feature any non-fiction, but it did include several newer releases.

The list includes:
-The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
-They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman
-The Power by Naomi Alderman
-One of Us Is Dead by Jeneva Rose
-Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Let’s get into the reviews!

What I Read: June 2022

What I Read: June 2022

Summer is here and my reads are starting to reflect that! This month’s list of reads includes Elin Hilderbrand’s latest novel and a fun YA thriller set at a summer camp:
-The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand
-Running Rewired by Jay Dicharry
-White Ivy by Susie Yang
-A Gracious Neighbor by Chris Cander
-The Counselors by Jessica Goodman
-They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

Now, for the reviews!

2022 Summer Reading Inspiration

2022 Summer Reading Inspiration

I love to read year-round, but there is something almost magical about getting lost in a good book during the summer.

Growing up, I was the kid to read every book on the required reading list for school, rather than picking just one, and would often read the books on my sister’s list as well.

After finishing school, I found myself missing that structure. With so many books in the world, it’s hard to know what to read next. But that’s when I discovered summer reading guides! It seems like almost every blogger, celebrity, etc., has a guide these days and I absolutely love it.

So, if you’re someone that’s looking to start reading more or just trying to identify the perfect book to pack for your vacation, I wanted to share a few of my favorite summer reading round-ups!

What I Read: May 2022

What I Read: May 2022

I’m beginning to feel like I say this every month, but May had a good mix of books! Romance, running, & self-improvement.

I managed to squeeze in 7 books (though to be fair one was a novella and two of the others I started in previous months, but finally finished):

– Mother Dear by Nova Lee Maier
– Under One Roof by Ali Hazelwood
– The Soil Will Save Us by Kristin Ohlson
– Mastery by Robert Greene
– The Willpower Instinct by Kelly
McGonigal
– The Other Man by Farhad H. Dadyburjor
– 80/20 Running by Matt Fitzgerald

Let’s get into the reviews!

What I read: April 2022

What I read: April 2022

April was another 7 book month for me!

I read a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction covering everything from romance to octopuses to Japanese culture.

The list includes:
– Crooked House by Agatha Christie
– The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
– Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
– In A New York Minute by Kate Spencer
– The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
– Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka
– The Book of Ichigo Ichie by H├ęctor Garcia & Francesc Miralles

Let’s get into the reviews!

What I read: March 2022

What I read: March 2022

After the slow month of reading in February, March was just the opposite! I read 7 books last month and all but one were fiction:

-Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
-Old in Art School by Nell Irvin Painter
-The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
-The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
-The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
-Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
-The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

I listened to three of these as audiobooks, which I don’t usually do for fiction, but I was impressed by how good all the voice actors are! I may need to listen to more fiction going forward.

Let’s dive into those reviews.

What I read: January 2022

What I read: January 2022

After the extremely slow month of December, I feel my reading is off to a strong start in 2022!

I read 7 books this month, though to be fair, two were very short (like read in one sitting kind of short):

-Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
-Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
-For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing
-This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley
-Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
-How Not To Diet by Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM
-Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner

As you can see, genres ranged from fantasy to psychological thriller to health & nutrition.

Let’s get into those reviews!

What I Read: December 2021

What I Read: December 2021

Between the holidays, traveling, birthdays, and more, this month has been absolutely hectic- though mostly in a good way! I hope you’ve been staying safe amid Omicron and enjoying this time with loved ones.

That said, this all has led to a slooowww month of reading for me with only two books making the list this month:
-Before and After the Book Deal
-Creative Calling

Let’s get into the reviews!

What I read: November 2021

What I read: November 2021

This time of year is always so hectic- mostly in a good way though! The holiday season has arrived and so have parties, trips, family time, and more. This also meant a slower month of reading, but I did still manage to squeeze in five books.

It was definitely a fiction kind of month with a mix of romance, horror, and fantasy:

-The Shining
-Blood of Elves
-Chasing the Boogeyman
-Dial A for Aunties
-I Let You Go

Let’s get into those reviews!