Books of the Month: July 2021

How in the world is it August already? I honestly don’t even know where the year has gone. Overall, I’ve been picking up on my reading, but still in a bit of a slump. I think I need to stop buying books/putting holds at the library, I think my ever growing TBR is giving me anxiety about never getting through all the books I want to read? SIGH, if only I were fabulously wealthy and didn’t have to work and could just read 24/7…

Instructions for Dancing was a young adult novel, I think? Evie is reeling from her parent’s break up when she takes an instruction book for dancing out of a local community library. Suddenly, when couples kiss, she can see the start, middle, and end of their relationship. She takes it to mean that all relationships end; however, through learning to dance and getting to know her dancing partner, she learns love is about enjoying the moments and the person you’re with, even if it has a sad end. I definitely cried reading this book and as an Angeleno, I desperately wanted Surf City Waffle to be a thing (I did eat at Met Her at the Bar, the waffle shop that inspired Surf City, 10/10 would recommend, the chicken and waffles were out of this world).

One to Watch is a must-read for any Bachelor nation fans; Bea is a plus-sized fashion blogger that ends up as the ‘Main Squeeze’ (i.e. bachelorette) after posting a scathing blog post about the franchise and their lack of body diversity. Bea quickly learns that being on the show is complicated and messy, especially as she starts to develop feelings for some of the men. The story tackled the sickening way media treats women and women’s bodies so perfectly; I was also obsessed with the mixed media way the story was told, almost as if we really were following the season of the Bachelorette. Can I also just say, Kate Stayman-London seems AWESOME? She was a political writer for Hillary’s 2016 campaign and ‘obsessively ranks Taylor Swift songs‘…can we be friends? Hit me up, girl.

The Guncle was a precious modern family story; after a family death, Patrick agrees to watch his niece and nephew for the summer in his Palm Springs home where he learns to open up and be vulnerable in his grief. Overall, I thought it was a cute story, I think I went into having really high hopes? I don’t know, my life wouldn’t have changed had I not read the book? Cute, but next.

The Last Thing He Told Me was a thrilling story that had me on the edge of seat, until….nothing happened? Hannah’s husband Owen goes missing, leaving Hannah and Owen’s daughter, Bailey, alone with deal with one another as Owen’s tech company is revealed to be involved in a scandal. Hannah and Bailey race to uncover what happened, finding out along the way, Owen isn’t who he says he is. Overall it was a very engaging story, I couldn’t stop reading, but it was building and building up to this pivotal moment that never came? The climax was kind of a let down? Curious if anyone else read this and had similar thoughts? I’ve only seen good reviews on it, so feeling like an outlier here!

The Roommate was a very steamy book about two roommates, a socialite and a porn star, who spend the entire book trying to ignore their obvious chemistry. I enjoyed the book, but there was the usual ‘both persons are too in their head and think the other doesn’t want to be with them for XYZ reason’ which is sort of exhausting and often drawn out? But in this book it just built up the sexiness of it? There was also a ‘women shouldn’t be ashamed of being sexual creatures’ tone that was refreshing. Overall, it wasn’t a novel I would write home about but if you need a quick romance, would recommend (also, can we talk about the website, Shameless, that they build out…why isn’t that a thing though? As a prude myself, 10/10, would subscribe ASAP).

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

The Guncle by Steven Rowley

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

The Roommate by Rosie Danan

What have you been reading this summer? Let me know in the comments, my TBR isn’t tall enough already!


Sara Ann