August Reading List
How is it already September?! I feel like this year has been one of never ending days, but then a month is over in a blink of an eye. Soon we'll be heading into 2021 and I really don't know what to expect. I guess that's why I've been hiding out from the world by reading and just keeping quiet. I've been getting overwhelmed with social media lately and that feeling of needing to do something even though we're in a pandemic and we really shouldn't be taking vacation with friends or road tripping like the world isn't on fire (literally and figuratively).
My sales have been down which is to be expected with the loss of jobs and the uncertainty of the world, so I haven't been pushing myself on creating new pieces because I'm not guaranteed to get a return on my investment. I have a lot of ideas and there are pieces I want to create for myself, so I'll share that when the time comes. These pieces will be limited so if you want one you have to order it, I won't have them pre-made.
The month of August I read 4 books all of which I really enjoyed and found them to be a delightful escape from reality. I kept with mostly upbeat, fluffy content because July was pretty heavy when it came to my book selections. Hopefully y'all will find something you enjoy reading as well!
All Adults Here
I love all of Emma Straub's books. This is her third novel and it did not disappoint. The story is about a modern family in a small town in upstate New York. The matriarchy is deeply impacted by the surprising death of an acquantaince the triggers her to start being honest in the way she wants to live her life. She becomes open about her relationship with her hair dresser and she goes about trying to make amends with her three children. The story unfolds by having each chapter focus on the perspective and life of everyone in her family.
I wouldn't say this story is necessarily deep, but it does give a voice to the modern family and how certain life events can deeply shape who we are and the decisions we make. This book was very relatable and provided a gentle reminder that everything will be okay.
Evvie Drake Starts Over
I loved this book so much! It was a light romance that left me feeling warm and fuzzy. This story is about Evvie and her life after her husband dies. She's got some complicated feelings on her new life and a secret that she's having to keep. Her friend Andy knows she's struggling financially so he offers to have his friend Nick move in for a couple of months. Nick is dealing with his own challenges, a professional baseball player being forced into early retirement, he's having to figure out how he got here and where to go next.
This novel was a super quick read and I loved watching how both Evvie and Nick worked through their personal problems as their relationship unfolded. If you're looking for a feel good novel to escape into I highly recommend this book!
The Idea of You
I decided to read The Idea of You because I have been listening to the Bad On Paper Podcast from the beginning of Season 1 and this is a book that both Becca and Grace have talked about repeatedly. I enjoyed this book, but maybe not to the extent that they did.
The Idea of You is about a mother named Selene, who ends up having to take her teenage daughter to a boy band concert. Selene ends up attracting one of the boys in the band, Hayes, and he ends up pursuing her after the concert ends. The story follows their whirlwind romance, but there's one problem. He's 20 and she's 39. If the genders were reversed (older man, younger woman) no one would be as shocked, but since it's not, people are having a hard time handling their romance.
The romance impacts her daughter, her business and her own mental health. Hayes and Selene have to deal with his fame and the fact that he's constantly traveling for work, which takes a toll on their relationship.
This novel was a good light read. I wasn't 100% invested, but I enjoyed the "fantasy" of it. I appreciated the confidence and practicality Selene's character had, I feel like women in romance novels are made out to be weak and incapable of living without a partner. This novel highlighted how modern women are career focused, driven and independent.
This book was amazing! If you grew up reading the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty then you will love her new novel! The Mall takes place in 1991, and follows the summer of Cassie and the countdown to her moving to NYC for college. She's had a 5 year plan ready to go with her boyfriend from high school until that goes up in smoke. Now, she's got one summer to figure out what her new plan is going to be. She gets a job working at a women's boutique shop in the mall where her childhood best friend works and they go on an adventure to find hidden treasure in the mall.
It's a fun, light-hearted read that will make you reminiscent about how simple our childhood was...to be clear I was only 4 in 1991, but I do remember Sam Goody and K B Toys. Ugh, I miss being able to spend a Saturday afternoon roaming around the mall, sniffing bath and body work lotion, and looking at all the glitter products at Limited Too.
Dang, this book. It was so good. It was written prior to the Me Too movement which makes it even crazier to think about what the author may have witnessed or experienced while living in LA.
The Comeback follows a childhood actor, Grace, and her recovery from many forms of abuse over her career after she mysteriously lives Hollywood the night before the Golden Globes. For an entire year she is hiding away, but decides to return to Hollywood when the man who "made her" is up for an award. She ends up developing a revenge plan that keeps you turning the pages.
This book had a slow start for me, I would say it took me 50 pages before I really got into it, but once it had me hooked I had a hard time not finishing it. I will say, that there is sexual assault and emotional abuse in this novel, so if that is triggering for you just be aware.
Let me know if you end up reading any of the books from my reading lists! I would love to hear your thoughts and if you have any book recommendations for me!