You may have noticed I haven’t been super active here this summer. I was on a sort of hiatus, getting out and about and enjoying life. You know what helps one enjoy the summer? Reading! I didn’t do as much reading as I thought I would, but I did have a great summer and did read some excellent books.
Without further ado, here’s what I got up to for summer reading:
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
One of the best YA contemporaries I’ve read, When Dimple Met Rishi is hilarious and adorable. A cute, funny, quirky romance, it balances love and independence with the weight of family expectations. This was my pick for Book Riot’s Best Books of 2017 (So Far)!
Mockingbird Vol. 1: I Can Explain by Chelsea Cain (author) and Kate Niemczyk (artist)
This is a great series with a hilarious, kick-ass main character, Bobbi Morse (AKA Mockingbird). Think you’re tired of Marvel? Give this one a shot. Especially if you love Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel! This should definitely have gotten a longer run, but I’m still excited to see where it goes in volume 2.
Bitch Planet Vol 2: President Bitch by Kelly Sue DeConnick (author), Valentine De Landro (artist), and Taki Soma (artist)
YOU GUYS. We’ve been waiting for this for almost TWO YEARS. And it was everything I could have hoped for. I loved it to the moon and back. Finally getting my hands on it was the push I needed to get my non-compliant tattoo. This series means so much to me. Check it out if you haven’t and join the NC ranks!
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Somehow I managed to get to this year without having read the iconic story of The Handmaid’s Tale. This year with the Hulu adaptation I, of course, could not get away with this anymore. I listened to the audiobook narrated by the amazing Claire Danes before I watched the show. Both deserve all the hype they get. This terrifying near future dystopia is incredibly thought provoking and hard to read. But, it’s definitely a must. I feel like a booknerd traitor, but I think I liked the show a bit better ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
White Fur by Jardine Libaire
I could not put White Fur down. It’s a grit-glam Romeo and Juliet story, I just could not look away. Check out my full review here.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the glamorous tale of a Elizabeth Taylor-esque starlet, Evelyn Hugo. It takes you from today when she is shrouded in mystery back to her glory days during Hollywood’s golden age. Read my full review here!
The Child by Fiona Barton
The Child is a sort of companion novel to The Widow. The investigative journalist is the same, but this time it’s about a different story. I enjoyed reading this one and gobbled it up, just like I did with The Widow. However, I figured out the twist so, so early on. I didn’t mind too much because I was interested to see how they figured it out. However, it was rather frustrating that it took the characters so long to come to the right conclusion. They didn’t until the very last few pages! I still enjoyed it and would recommend giving it a read if you liked The Widow.
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen
Here Petersen takes five celebrities/cultural icons and discusses the ways in which they are “too much” and why that is. These women often buck stereotypes and refuse to give in to typical beliefs about femininity. None of them are perfect, but they are all an interesting means to discuss and dissect the idea of femininity and unruliness.
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
This book is both a true crime book and a memoir. Marzano-Lesnevich takes us back to her childhood. She tells us about the things that happened to her growing up, how they affected her, and how they brought her to where she is today. She interweaves the tale of grisly murder that impacted her life and her career, especially given her past. A truly excellent read that I highly recommend!
The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit
Another insightful collection from Rebecca Solnit, The Mother of All Questions revolves around silence and voice. “In this follow-up to Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit offers commentary on women who refuse to be silenced, misogynistic violence, the fragile masculinity of the literary canon, the gender binary, the recent history of rape jokes, and much more.”
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
When an ARC of this book arrived for me I totally lost my shit. New Colleen Hoover in my hands?! CANCEL EVERYTHING. I haven’t read all of CoHo’s books yet (I’m trying to savour them), but the ones I have have generally been new adult. Without Merit is young adult and pretty different from the other titles I’ve read. Similar to It Ends With Us, Without Merit deals with some pretty tough topics–in this case, especially when it comes to family. I read this book in one day and plan to review it soon!
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
I had heard tons of great things about this one, especially after it one the Man Booker Prize. It’s a weird and wonderful and terrifying tale about desire, autonomy, views on women, and mental illness. It’s a weird allegorical trip, showing how the these things can slowly devour you.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
This was the third time I read this book. Whenever I need a little advice, reassurance, or kick in the pants, I turn to Sugar. Each column is so beautiful, thoughtful, and well-written. I have a note on my phone that lists all my favourite quotes from this book, and let me tell you–it’s long. If you haven’t read this one yet, you definitely should. In there somewhere is a nugget of wisdom you didn’t know you needed to hear.
Rituals (Cainsville #5) by Kelley Armstrong
The final book in the Cainsville series, this one was bittersweet. I have been loving this series since day one was both highly anticipating this book and hoping it wouldn’t come. This was a good read and a solid conclusion to the series. There were parts that I may have like to have seen handled differently, but overall I loved this one like the others and couldn’t put it down. Full review is in the works!
Non fiction: 4
Female authors: 14
Male Authors: 0
Total books finished: 14
Total pages: 3593
Total hours listened: 19 hours and 48 minutes
In case you’re interested and wanted to show a little love, here are the posts I wrote for Book Riot this summer!
Beth O’Brien is a library assistant and book blogger. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, she lives in picturesque Nova Scotia with her cat Edith. You can often find her rocking double denim with her nose in a book and a craft beer in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @fuelldbyfiction.