Books of the Month: August 2021

Somehow it’s September and 2021 is quickly approaching its end. If you’re like me and still trying to process 2020, I’ll be here in LA avoiding the heat, guzzling Pumpkin Creme Cold Brews and baking muffins, if you want to stare into the abyss and contemplate life together. Or find a bookstore and aid in my self destructive habit of buying more books I don’t have time to read. About what I did read last month…

That Summer is a must read; I really enjoy Jennifer Weiner’s writing style and the way she writes these complex narratives that really draw you in. I didn’t enjoy her last book (the mystery wasn’t mysterious at all, sorry Jen), so I was skeptical to read this, but I’m really glad Weiner came back to fiction, and the added twist here was interesting. This book was very well written, especially since it discussed sensitive topics of sexual assault. It was heartbreaking but also heartwarming in the sense that Diana was able to find herself at the Cape and learn to love not only herself but someone else? I also found it incredibly interesting to read about the Harvey Weinstein trials through the eyes of someone who had been sexually assaulted; I thought it was an excellent detail and made me think about something more thoughtfully than I perhaps had before.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is a great book to read if you want to try therapy but have anxiety or fear about what happens/opening up to a stranger/etc. The author writes about the experiences with her patients in therapy, as well as her sessions with her own therapist, really breaking down the human experience, in that, every single one of us has something we want or need to talk about, or work on. I loved the stories of her patients, but I loved Lori’s own experience the most.

We Were Never Here was… I honestly don’t know? It was a thrilling story but there were a lot of things that either weren’t answered OR didn’t make sense? Basically, Emily and her friend, Kristen, take yearly vacations together to exotic and remote locations. This year, they’re in Chile, and Emily can’t shake the reminders of last years Cambodian trip where a man assaulted her, resulting in she and Kristen killing the man and disposing of his body. There was a lot of gaslighting and some blackmail, but the ending left me totally lost. Has anyone else read this?

It Ends With Us was my first Colleen Hoover book that I saw approximately 456 times on Tik Tok and finally caved in and bought. I liked the book, but I loved it after I read the author’s note at the end about the dedication to her mother. It made the book and its subject so much more real? Lily meets Ryle and falls head over heels in love; however, she quickly learns her perfect man isn’t always perfect, right when her teenage love comes waltzing back into her life. It mainly showcases relationships with domestic violence, just as an FYI if you’re thinking about reading, but it was a really good story (with some somewhat laughable details, 23 year old dating a 30 something neurosurgeon, OKAY). Also, for Ryle, I couldn’t stop picturing Luke McFarlane and Justin Hartley, if anyone reading this is planning on adapting this book to film. I couldn’t picture Atlas that well though, curious if anyone else read this and has thoughts of who would play him…

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

I also apologize for publishing this so late, the month has gotten away from me! What did you read last month, or what books did you add to your TBR?

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

Books of the Month: May 2020

Another month stuck in the Q, another 5 books read. I can hardly believe we’ve been social distancing this long and frankly, still alive and possibly thriving on some levels. I mean, I’ve read 14 books since the start, and that’s pretty awesome if you ask me!

Untamed was incredible, I want so many quotes tattooed directly on my face. I also want her to write a whole book on religion, as well as white women + racism (not by herself, of course, but with activists of color who can help shape the conversation); I think it’s important to discuss and be aware of as many white women dance around the conversation as well as the importance of it, especially in today’s climate. I’m also low key obsessed with Glennon and Abby’s relationship, like where is the Lifetime movie of their romance?! I encourage everyone to read it!

One True Loves was another good page turner/romance book. Basically, the main woman’s husband dies, she grieves and then finds love again + gets engaged, only to find out her husband has been lost at sea and is coming home. I was very torn on who I wanted her to end up with, but it had a wonderful ending, tied neatly with a bow; would recommend for a quick read! Valentine was a book set in the 70’s in West Texas, about a young Mexican girl who is raped by a white young man and of course, everyone in the town blames her for being a slut and ruining his life (EYE ROLL). It was slow and hard to get through at times, I don’t regret reading it, but I don’t think I would tell you to add to your list?

The Bride Test was another great story from Helen Hoang, about an autistic main character, who struggles to make a connection. Would recommend as a quick read/feel good! Finally, Big Summer was a murder mystery that was a little cliche at times and I felt bored in some places; I’m sad because I was really looking forward to this one as a Jennifer Weiner fan. I think this was the author’s first time delving into mysteries? It was not terribly thrilling, but highlighted friendship and body image, especially plus size acceptance in our society. I would maybe recommend if you’re a Jennifer Weiner fan, but even then, not exactly worth it.

If I had to recommend one, it would be Untamed. If you’re not into memoirs/self help, would go for One True Loves or Bride Test

Untamed by Glennon Doyle Melton
One True Loves: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Valentine: A Novel by Elizabeth Wetmore
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Big Summer: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner
Any reading suggestions for me? Let me know in the comments, I need some new ideas! I’m reading Godshot next…
Sincerely,
Sara Ann