Friday, August 6, 2021

July Reading List

 It always amazes me that give or take one day every month of the year is basically the same length, but some go by like the snap of the finger and others just seem to crawl by. For me July felt like the longest month, ever. Honestly, thought it would never end… I am so glad to be in a new month, even though it started off without water due to storm {yikes!}. Full transparency, July was such an emotionally draining month and I was so tired most nights, so I mainly listened to audiobooks and I just read one physical book {I know, I know…terrible…}, but three out of the four book I very much recommend! 

Perennials , by Julia Cantrell

I listened to this book on Audio back at the beginning of July and completely fell in love with the story line. Family drama, a love story, the pull to return home, and the stress of managing a career from afar. 


Eva, better known as Lovey, grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, surrounded by family history, beautiful gardens, and literary legends.  Sadly, a shed fire Lovey’s older sister, Bitsy, blames her for turns her world upside. When Lovey turns eighteen she is more than ready to escape the cloud of guilt Bitsy has cast over her and the suffocating feeling of being in her sister’s shadow. Lovely finds success in the world of advertisement and creates a fabulous. Soon or later though situations always bring us back home… 


Such a fun and entertaining read. I highly recommend!


The Dream Guy Next Door, by Lauren Blakely

Confession: I downloaded this book on audible because it was free and the cover of the audiobook is pink… This was a fun read, but I honestly wasn’t that impressed with the storyline; it seemed a little cliché and at times some of the scene turned into adult bookstore-ish… 


Golden Girl, by Elin Hilderbrand

I kind of want to be Elin Hilderbran when I grownup… writes a book or two every year and lives in Nantucket… yes, please!


I cannot recommend ‘Golden Girl’ enough. This novel has such a touching storyline and is perfectly, imperfectly tied up at the very end. Vivian Howe, author and resident of Nantucket {also love how Hilderbrand put a little of herself in this book}, is killed in a hit-and-run accident while jogging near her home on an ideal day in June. Martha is welcomed to Heaven by Martha, her ‘person’, who guides her through her transitional period and allows Vivi to watch over her children. 


This is such a great summer read with such an interesting perspective on certain things.


The Paris Library, by Janet Skeslien Charles

This is probably my second favorite book of 2021 thus far. It was just so well written and I loved how Charles was able to seamlessly go back and forth between the 19080’s and the 1930’s/1940’s. 


In 1939 Paris a young Odile has life by the tail. She just started her new job at the American Library in Paris, has a handsome boyfriend, and a brother she is very close with. When the Nazis come to Paris everything in Odile’s life seems like it is hanging by a thread… her brother enlist to join the war effort, the library is forced to turn certain customers away, and her boyfriend is not the quality of person she thinks he is. 


Fast forward to small-town Montana, 1983, where Odile is an elderly person and his a very curious teenage neighbor, Lily, who comes to adore Odile, the French language, and becomes very curious of Odile’s past and her part she played in the resistance. 

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