Anna: July was a crazy month for me! Work was super busy, but I also took a mini-vacation to the beach! My wedding is only three months away now and it’s starting to feel so real!
Reading always helps me stay calm when there’s so much going on in my life. I also read a wonderful mix of genres this month!
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Hunger by Roxanne Gay
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Severance by Ling Ma
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (not pictured)
The Dry by Jane Harper
What were your July highlights, reading wise or otherwise?
Anna: Hunger was my memoir of the month, and I’m so glad I chose this one. I loved Gay’s writing style and can’t wait to read more by her! I also listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Roxanne Gay herself, and this made it a really emotional read.
Hunger is an intense account of Gay’s complicated relationship with her body interlaced with critique on the ways that society and the media view obesity. This is a raw account of some of the most personal parts of Gay’s life, and it was often difficult to read. It will make you angry and force you to think about how you might view people who are different than you. Trigger warnings for sexual assault and abuse.
What Roxanne Gay book should I read next?
The Dry has been on my tbr for a long time, and I’m glad I finally got around to reading this one!
The Dry is crime fiction set in Australia. Federal Agent Aarron Falk returns to his hometown for a funeral of a childhood friend, Luke. Luke allegedly killed his wife and son before turning the gun on himself. Aarron hasn’t been back since he and his dad quickly left town after Aarron was linked to the death of a girl in town. The reader soon realizes that the past and present are more closely intertwined than they might seem.
If not a tiny bit predictable, this book had rich characterization and the parallel storyline captivated me from beginning to end. I would pick up the second book in this series at some point. I don’t recommend reading this book in the height of a hot and humid Virginia summer.
VERIDCT: 3.5/5 stars
Anna: It’s officially key lime pie season! Here are just a couple books I read in June– I don’t have a whole stack to show this month because a lot of my copies were due back to the library, but here’s my full wrap up:
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
My Sister, the Serial by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Columbine by Dave Cullen
The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
No Exit by Taylor Adams
What did you read this month? I’ve had a great weekend so far lounging and reading by the pool, which I plan on doing more of this afternoon!