So as you probably know, when it comes to seasons, I much prefer Winter to the sweaty/sticky months of Summer. My pale skin lends to sun burn/poisoning very well and I'm allergic to all things that sting. Plus, being pregnant this summer means that I am even more sensitive to the sun and that if a wasp decides to make a pin cushion out of me, I'm really supposed to make every attempt not to use my Epipen. Because it contains hormones or steroids? And then my baby would be born with tiny baby muscles? Something like that for sure. My doctor explained it all to Ryan whilst I was coming-to after passing out during a routine blood draw.
And then Ryan got all annoyed with me on the way home in the car when I could not stop giggling at the mental image of me shouting "And the baby wins again!" He was all "For the last time, no I do not think the thought of a baby beating me in a pushup contest is funny."
But that is neither here nor there. Today I'm starting a new sort-of-series in which I show you all the books I plan to read in the current month and then make pithy and intelligent comments about said books.
Here's where I am for July. (Links to all books on Amazon in caption, these are not affiliate links and I do not make any cash dollars off of them.)
|In Order: The Princes of Ireland - Edward Rutherford, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan, Then Came You - Jennifer Weiner, Whitethorn Woods - Maeve Binchy, The Weird Sisters - Eleanor Brown, Lord of the Flies - William Golding, Cinder - Marissa Meyer, Tell The Wolves I'm Home - Carol Rifka Brunt, Precious - Sapphire, The Post-Birthday World - Lionel Shriver.|
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore was at first a welcome relief from that drudgery but much like a milkshake, the beginning and the middle were delightful and the ending was a big let down. It felt like the author got tired of writing and just summarily tied everything up. So I was a little like, "Ohhh, that's it then? No more?" Which is exactly how I feel about the ending of milkshakes.
The Jennifer Weiner book I snatched up at Target because it was about pregnancy and surrogacy and I needed a bit of a break after my first two forays. I read it in a couple of hours and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll never read it again and I'll probably not remember the name of the characters in a week but sometimes I think that's the grand thing about commerical fiction.
Thoughts on any of the ten books pictured?
I'm excited to finally read Lord of the Flies for the first time. And I've not seen the movie based on the Push/Precious book so I have no idea what is in store for me there. Maeve Binchy (especially Circle of Friends) is one of my guilty pleasure so I can't wait to dive into her book and I saved the Lionel Shriver book for last because I read We Need To Talk About Kevin and that book blew my freaking mind.
I'll probably do this post the 1st, 15th and last day of each month and they'll be filed under "Bookkeeping" in my header. I'm trying to post a lot more in general so you should look at these as additional posts and not replacements.