july reads

  1. The Freshman Project, by Erin Fischer and Friends
  2. The Memory Box, by Eva Lesko Natiello
  3. Red Bones, by Ann Cleeves
  4. Stolen: Is Social Media Stealing Your Identity?, by Jessica Fralin
  5. Sex Object: A Memoir, by Jessica Valenti
  6. Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Standing in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes
  7. The Almost Moon, by Alice Sebold
  8. Reasons to be Pretty, by Neil LaBute
  9. 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!

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