I've been in a major reading mood lately. Not sure what it is about summer, but it's my favorite time to read. You'd think that would be winter since we're usually stuck inside with little to do in the cold, but summer reading is the best for me. Reading is perfect for hot days when you just want to stay in the A/C, but it's also fun to take a book with you to the pool, the beach, or wherever you're headed outside.
Here's what I read this month:
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
You all know by now that I'm obsessed with Kevin Kwan. I read his first book a few months ago and picked up the follow-up China Rich Girlfriend to read on vacation. It was just as good as the first and so entertaining. I honestly think his books are the most perfect summer reads you can get.
Barefoot in Paris by Ina Garten
My best friend got me this cookbook for my birthday which is funny because I had it checked out from the library at the same time and was planning on buying it for myself. This is my favorite Ina Garten book which says a lot. It's full of French bistro recipes and yummy desserts.
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
This was definitely my favorite book of the month. You guys know that it's hard for me to like a YA novel but this one was certainly an exception. It follows two storylines: one in modern day Tulsa with a mixed-race girl who finds old bones buried in her backyard and another in 1920s Tulsa during the race riots of May 31 - June 1. This made the book a particularly timely read and a difficult one at that. I highly, highly recommend that you add this to your TBR.
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
I'm a little late to the party here, but this was a quick, enjoyable read for me. I got through it in a couple of hours and definitely understood the hype surrounding it. While it is a rather subdued book, it had a soul to it that many books do not. I'm really excited to read her next book which is a collection of short stories about characters from Lucy Barton.
At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider
As a listener of Tsh's podcast, I was really excited to read this book. It follows Tsh as she spends a year traveling the world with her husband and kids. It's a very different travel novel--one that doesn't center around the idea that you can't have a family and lead an adventurous life.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
This book follows two characters---a girl in Japan writing a diary about her life and her anarchist-feminist-Buddhist nun great-grandmother and then from the perspective of a woman in America who finds the girl's diary washed up on the shore. I had heard that this was a good one but even so, this book was such a pleasant surprise. It was rich with detail, interesting characters, and information on a world of different topics.