Wrap Up | July 2019

Michaela

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What a complete flop of a reading month. Sigh. August will be better!

Friends With Boys | Faith Erin Hicks- I really, really enjoyed the art and concept of this graphic novel, but I just wish there had been a little bit more, because it ended pretty abruptly, and without fully exploring a lot of the things it set up.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue | Mackenzi Lee- This was my audiobook this month, and it was absolutely better in that format. The narrator absolutely NAILED it, and I undoubtedly would have DNF’d it if I had been reading it on the page, mainly because it was a more stereotypical YA novel and I am just personally sick of anything to do with alchemy right now. On the whole, it was just fine, but A+ for the narrator and would 100% recommend the audiobook format if you’re interested in this one!

The Duke and I | Julia Quinn- I read and really loved this entire series in high school and when I saw that Netflix is making the book series into a tv series, I had to re-read it to see if I still liked it as an adult. Quinn excels at being warm and playful, her novels are still fun and full of witty banter and silly scenes, but WOW did I not remember (or didn’t notice as a 16 year old) one particularly problematic scene. This book was written in 2000, and there is no doubt that things have changed for the better. Aside from that scene, which nothing like that is repeated in the rest of the series, it mostly holds up. A fun, fast read, and I’m looking forward to Netflix updating it for the screen!

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The Overstory | Richard Powers - Where do I begin?! That this book is one of my new top five favorites, is a good place I suppose. All the drama, character-driven, nature-loving, intelligent, witty prose one could hope for is wrapped up in these 600ish pages and worth so many more. Richard Powers wrote this book absolutely flawlessly and like a lifelong learner of trees and history. Yet, he only came into it at the age of 55 and flawlessly researched and wrote one of the best fictional stories ever. There’s a lot of nonfiction inspiration that went into this story which makes it a dream to constantly research (I can never get enough). The characters felt undeniably real (I wanted to look them up while reading to learn more about them—except they aren’t real people), and the story spanned most of their lifetime, brought them together and apart, gave you hope and broke your heart, and made you want to fight for all the simple good in the world. I’d happily read this book over and over again forever. Just wow.

Life of Pi | Yann Martel - From my unread shelf, I’m so happy to have finally read this book. After Delia Owens marked it as one of her favorites, I figured it was time I picked it up. I really loved the unique plot, intelligent character, and unlikely offbeat humor. This was quite an adventure and it’s written like a nonfiction documentary, which threw me off in a good way (like very believable). The writing was solid, flawless, and adventuresome despite some cringe-worthy moments.

Little Fires Everywhere | Celeste Ng - I’ve been eyeing this book for so long and waiting for the hype to die down to see if it would be for me or not. This was definitely a very fast-paced, very fun contemporary novel to read. There are a lot of characters and big climaxes to keep you turning the page.

Cook Korean! | Robin Ha - This was a really fun graphic novel, IF you’re looking for an interactive cookbook. There’s very little story to take you along, but plenty of cooking to learn. I really loved seeing things I’ve been learning over the last few years of being married into a Korean family, on the page. It definitely helps me remember and find things.

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