- The Freshman Project, by Erin Fischer and Friends
- The Memory Box, by Eva Lesko Natiello
- Red Bones, by Ann Cleeves
- Stolen: Is Social Media Stealing Your Identity?, by Jessica Fralin
- Sex Object: A Memoir, by Jessica Valenti
- Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Standing in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes
- The Almost Moon, by Alice Sebold
- Reasons to be Pretty, by Neil LaBute
- War Child, by Emmanuel Jal
Almost doubling my goal of finishing 5 books this month, I think it’s safe to say I rocked July. This month finally brought a bit of stability to my schedule and my life; I’m finally settled in one place, am a resident of a new state, and am the proud owner of a public library card (after many, many years of not being able to)!
The nearest library is only five minutes away; it’s one of the smaller branches, but I’ve already put their online request system to good use and am eagerly waiting the arrival of seven books on my “to-read” list!
This month was about new releases, exploring my new library, and finally making sure those unread books on my shelves felt a little love. This month’s standouts were, by far, Sex Object by Jessica Valenti and Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes! I switched it up with Year of Yes and got the audiobook; listening to Shonda’s words in Shonda’s voice just took this book far above and beyond. I laughed; I cried; basically, a good time was had by all.
As for August, I’m looking forward to my library requests — particularly So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson and Hunger by Roxane Gay — and some new purchases, like Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West and, once payday hits and I can merrily skip to the nearest bookstore, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling!