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Summer Reading Recap

My goal for 2017 is to read 65 books. Well between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day, I read 18 books. Which is a lot. Here is a brief recap of what I read and some quick thoughts on each one.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: It is so worth all the hype. So good.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: I love a good, cute YA novel. And this one was great. First love. Friendship. I kind of fell in love with Clark. He was so lovably dorky.

Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel: This was one I picked because of the gorgeous cover. But the plot and characters were just okay.

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller: One of my BOTM picks. It was okay, definitely not my favorite. There were a lot of unlikeable characters.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: Again another great YA novel. So delightful and sweet. I could definitely see this getting made into a movie.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson: My husband and I watched 13th on Netflix earlier this year and were introduced to Bryan Stevenson. What an incredible book. It was an eye-opening look at how our justice system treats the poor and minorities.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: It started out strong. My favorite essay was the one about her competing in Scrabble tournaments. But then I felt like it lost its steam towards the middle.

This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett: Ann Patchett is a national treasure.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I read this in 2, maybe 3 sittings. I loved reading about Evelyn’s life. This was one I could not put down.

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak: I heard Chris from From the Front Porch Podcast talk about this, and I was intrigued. It was a BOTM pick. Another YA pick, but told from the perspective of a boy in the 80s. It was heavy on the 80s nostalgia, so probably best suited for those who were alive in the 1980s.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien: My husband read all 7 Harry Potter books last year for me, so I said I would read his beloved The Lord of the Rings series. A good start, will be finishing the trilogy later this fall.

Abigail Adams by Woody Holton: My second grade biography presentation was on Abigail Adams. I saw the HBO miniseries on John Adams a few years ago. Then last year began my obsession with Hamilton, and I was intrigued again by our founding fathers. Abigail is often overlooked, so it was really interesting to see how much she influenced the early days of our country.

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith: Another YA novel. Probably one of my favorites from 2017. Alice is in love with Teddy, who just won the lottery. Seriously, I cannot say enough good things.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: Surprisingly, I had never read this. And since it is coming out next year as a movie, I thought I would give it a try. Needless to say, it totally holds up all these years later.

Of Mess & Moxie by Jen Hatmaker: Jen Hatmaker is a delight. I have read several of her other books. And again, she knocks it out of the park. She writes like she talks, which is very refreshing. I cannot wait until we are real life best friends.

Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff: I had heard great things about this book, so I was excited to pick it up from the library. I was totally intrigued by the first part, then the second part blew me away. I still have a lot of conflicting feelings about it, but one thing is for sure: Lauren Groff can write.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum: Another YA novel. Are you sensing a theme yet? I read this in 2 sittings. It tells the story of Jessie who has recently moved to LA after her dad remarries after her mom dies. She gets an email from someone at her high school and thus begins their correspondence. So many lovely moments in this book.

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg: Up until a few years ago, I didn’t even know food memoirs were even a thing. Since then, I have read several and am always intrigued by how people feel about food. Molly Wizenberg writes so eloquently about food, though I felt like there was a lot of dessert recipes. As much as I love dessert, I wish there were more recipes for meals.

That was a lot of reading in 3 months, but there were so many good ones. Let me know if there were any great books you read this summer.

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