Which books are worth the read and which should you skip? Find out what books I’ve been reading lately and whether I recommend them.
My home has been a madhouse all month long.
My family had an epic family reunion this month to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. With 14 grandkids between the ages of one and nine, you can imagine how crazy things have been.
Since I haven’t been able to hear myself think with children everywhere all the time, I basically gave up on blogging this month.
Instead, I’ve been reading.
No, I mean READING. As in, I finished a book a day for twelve straight days. Add in the five books I started but didn’t finish and the ones I read at the beginning of the month, and you have a whole lot of books.
Many of them are advance review copies (ARCs) of fall releases, so you’ll have to wait a bit to hear about them. The rest I gladly review for you here so you know which ones to read and which to skip.
My July Reading List
A Book Set in Asia. When Japanese bombs start falling in Nanking in 1937, Hu Lian and her university classmates must walk 1,000 miles to safety in China’s interior. The group is tasked with guarding The Library of Legends, an ancient collection of myths. Along the way, Lian begins to fall in love with a wealthy fellow student and realizes that one of the tales from the Library of Legends seems to be awakening the spirits of the story. Mixing historical fiction with some magic, The Library of Legends was a charming read touching on themes of destiny, fate, and choice. 4 Stars. Read more →
I received a complimentary copy of this book from William Morrow through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Born a Crime
Tired of how much more she does managing her house than her husband, Eve Rodsky turned her frustration into a Sh*t I Do List which evolved to become a game called Fair Play. Rodsky broke down all the various aspects of managing a family – from pets to home furnishings to school supplies – and placed them into 100 Fair Play categories. To the play the game, you and your spouse split up the responsibilities fairly (not necessarily equally) to ensure that all aspects – the conception, planning, and execution – fall on the cardholder.
First off, let’s start with the fact that the book’s target audience is two-parent, heterosexual, middle-class families (with kids) that mostly follow stereotypical gender lines. There’s nothing wrong with a book having a narrower target audience, it’s just good to know before you read it. If that’s not your circumstances, you’ll hate the book. If you do fall into that category, you might still hate the book. It’s bizarre to think of your marriage as playing a game, one with such strict rules.
Yet, on the flip side, there is a value in what she is saying. Women tend to bear an unfairly large portion of the household management – not because they are innately better at it but because that’s how we have been socialized to view motherhood. Good communication between spouses is vital to a successful marriage, and miscommunications and resentments tend to arise when we are clear about who is in charge of what. 3 Stars. Read More →
Laurie Halse Anderson
Potty training expert Jamie Glowacki promises her simple method will help you potty train your child faster and younger than others. Glowacki’s method mostly relies on reading your child’s cues and being consistent and firm. The book is aimed at children from 22 months to 36 months, with dire warnings for children who are younger or older.I finally bit the bullet and decided to potty train my youngest. You’d think I’d be an expert since she’s my fourth, but you’d be wrong. Potty training is an aspect of parenting I absolutely dread. I’m four days in, and Glowacki’s method seems to be working. Her book gave me the motivation I needed to start and the encouragement to continue even when we hit some speed bumps. 4 Stars.
Jessica N. Turner
Katherine Snow Smith
A Play. Thornton Wilder’s allegorical play is generally considered his most popular work. In the small village of Grover’s Corner, you glimpse into the life of two neighboring families – the Gibbs and the Webbs. Act One establishes their daily life, Act Two covers love and marriage, and Act Three discusses death. I read the play in under an hour, and though it will never be might favorite, it does have a sweet message of appreciating life while we live it. 4 Stars.
One of the best perks of being a book blogger is receiving advance review copies (ARCs) of upcoming book releases from publishers.
At the beginning of each month, I cover all the new book releases coming out, and the August 2020 book releases are right around the corner. Here’s a peek at the October releases I’ve already read.
My To-Read List
What’s up next for me? Before I let you go, here are a few of the titles I’m hoping to get through this upcoming month.
Be sure to come back in August to see which ones I read.
What books did you read in July?