I know I have been MIA for the last few months. I have spent the majority of the last three months, since the end of May, in Algonquin Park working at a summer camp. This meant that I had no Wi-Fi, and therefore was unable to post. I was also unable to scroll through social media during my free time, which gave me more time to read. I always love to share what I have been reading with you guys, so I thought sharing all the books I read in the last few months would be a good way to come back after my break from blogging. So, lets dive in!
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister
Last semester, I took a Women Studies class. I have considered myself a feminist for several years but this class showed me how uninformed I was on certain aspects of feminism and gender equality. Which is why I picked up this book. I want to learn more and read about different perspectives and opinions. I highly recommend this book if you want to learn more about feminism and single women in current American society.
Odd Birds by Ian Harding
If the name Ian Harding sounds familiar to you, that would probably be due to his role on the hit teen TV show, Pretty Little Liars, where he played Ezra Fitz. If you are looking for a stereotypical memoir on a TV star, then this isn’t the book for you. This is a celebrity memoir but with a twist. He tells stories about his life and career in relation to his favourite pastime: birdwatching. Even though this wasn’t my favourite memoir, I am a fan of his and I did appreciate the originality. So, if you are a fan of Ian Harding or just a fan of birds, you should pick up Odd Birds.
There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
The first book I every read by Nick Lake was Whisper to Me, which I only picked up because I liked the cover. However, I feel in love with the book and couldn’t put it down. There Will Be Lies was no different. It is a story about a teenage girl, named Shelby, who questions everything she knows about her family and her past after she gets into an accident that turns her life upside down. If you love a good thriller or mystery book, then this is the book for you.
Find The Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer by Heather Lende
I am going to be honest. When I picked up this book, I expected it to be funny. Maybe it’s just me, but after reading the title, I was expecting a unique, funny, quirky twist on your classic everything-is-going-to-be-okay self-help book. I was disappointed. It wasn’t funny or unique. It was the classic self-help book, stating that all you need to do is Find the Good, even in unfortunate situations – like death. I always hate when I say this, but I don’t recommend this book. Maybe my expectations ruined my ability to appreciate this book for what it was but, in my opinion, this book was nothing special and wasn’t really worth the read.
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
Similar to Nick Lake, Sarah Mlynowski is another author writes books that I can’t put down. I was so consumed that I finished this book in only a few hours. I See London, I See France was the perfect summer read, full of drama and romance and set in Europe. The novel follow Sydney and her best friend Leela on their dream summer vacation to Europe. However, things get messy when Leela’s ex shows up on their flight. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a captivating book to finish off the summer season right.
DIY Rules For A WTF World: How To Speak Up, Get Creative and Change the World by Krista Suh
Have you ever heard of the Pussyhat Project? The pink hats that created the iconic seas of pink at the Women’s March? Well, Krista Suh was the women behind those hats and she wrote this manifesto to help other women create her path and make a positive change in the world. It is inspiring, accessible, and motivating. It even has exercises to help you realize your full potential. If you are only going to read one book from this whole post, this should be the one.
Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Various Authors
I have mixed feelings about this book. This book contains 13 short stories, written by best-selling YA authors, which were fairy tales reimagined from the villains point-of-view. This was the part of the book I liked. I have always been a fan of retellings of classic fairy tales and I loved the unique perspective that each author had. Furthermore, with every short story, there was some type of reflection done by a Booktuber. This was the part I wasn’t a huge fan of, and often skipped or scanned over. Some of their reflections were interesting, like the one that were Instagram profiles for the characters of the short story that it accompanied, but many were boring, which I felt took away from the unique, interesting nature of the book. So, while I recommend the short stories, especially if you enjoy retellings of fairy tales, I would recommend skipping most of the Booktubers’ reflections.
What books did you read this summer? Let me know in the comments below!
P.S. Want more books to read? Here are my opinions on some of the books I read last year!
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