August 30, 2016

Summer Reads {Part I}

2016 Summer Reads | books | reading | novel | Book of the Month Club

Growing up, summer was always the time of year when I read the most. Our local library had all kinds of programs aimed at getting kids to keep reading over break and I couldn't get enough. Free amusement park passes for just reading a few books? Duh, sign me up! Needless to say, I still do quite a bit of reading over the summer travel season. I just finished Before The Fall by Nathan Hawley for my book club meeting tomorrow night, and it was a great read. For those of you who might be looking for some new reads, here are a few others I've finished recently:

It was Kondo's first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up that fueled my desire to get my entire home organized. After a few weeks of purging and tidying, however, I lost my desire to keep slogging through my belongings. When I saw that her second book, Spark Joy, was available as a choice through Blogging for Books I jumped on it! Compared to her first book, this book is more of an instruction manual. It has detailed descriptions on how to fold your clothing (illustrations included!) and dives deeper into the different categories of miscellany that may need decluttering. If you're not a fan of the feelings behind a purge and prefer a straightforward to-do, I'd recommend this book. However, if you need a good jumpstart, I'd pick up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

The best book I've read recently was The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close. I adore Close's writing style and this book about a young couple managing the DC political scene was absolutely engrossing. I can't even describe why I loved this book - perhaps it's because the characters just seemed so relatable? If you're looking for another great book, Girls in White Dresses, also by Close, is a book I've read multiple times and highly recommend!

Another book I finished recently was Modern Lovers by Emma Straub. I've seen this book all over Snapchat and Instagram (are you following me? @cwestguillet on both!) and I purchased it as an add-on to my June Book of the Month selection. It revolves around the lives of three former bandmates, two of whom are married to one another, in their small Brooklyn neighborhood. It combines all of the parts that make for a good summer read: relationships, mid-life crisis, growing up, and growing apart. I feel like the first half of the book was somewhat slow, but picked up toward the end. A good summer read, for sure!

Also, if you're an avid reader, I'd highly suggest checking out Book of the Month. It's an online book club that allows you to receive your choice of one of five new release hardcover books each month. I was hesitant to join at first because I'm a huge fan of the library, but so far it's been worth it. I have been on the waitlist for Modern Lovers since it was released, but through BOTM I've already read it! You can use the code REFER50 for half off a three-month subscription.

Up next I'll be reading Jaime Primak Sullivan's The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl and Rumaan Alam's Pretty Girls. Anything else I should add to my list? Do share! 

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