My Week in Books (7/3/19)

(#partner #freebooks: All books noted by asterisks (***) indicate I received the book for free from the publisher, the author, or another promotional company to review. All opinions are my own.)

Last week I was a guest on Sarah’s Book Shelves podcast where we talked about the books of 2019 that were the most deserving of the hype, least deserving of the hype, and the hidden gems…so far. (You can download and listen to the episode here!)

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On that episode, I made the comment that I have had an incredible reading year and I’ve not really had a reading slump. Y’all know what I’m about to say, right?! Since then, I have been in a major slump…I’m DNFing books left and right and not really connecting with anything I’m reading.

I’ve forgotten how frustrating reading slumps are!

I’m crossing my fingers I’ve that this week my reading life turns around! New week, new month, new start, yes?

On that note, send me any book recommendations that will help me beat this slump!

Last Week’s Reads:

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*** Searching for Sylvie Lee by: Jean Kwok (William Morrow) – Pub Date: June 4, 2019

I love Summer Reading Guides and this book was part of Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading. I wanted to love this one, but it fell very flat for me. I was bored and probably really should have DNF’d it, but I was curious what the heck happened to Sylvie. #IdRatherBeReading #summerstooshort

Currently Reading:

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The Editor by: Steven Rowley (Putnam) – Pub Date: April 2, 2019

Just started so it’s too soon to tell! I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews, but my trusted sources all seem to lean more towards liking it. Also, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis?! Yes, please!

*** Wild Words: Rituals, Routines, and Rhythms for Braving the Writer’s Path by: Nicole Gulotta (Roost Books) – On Shelves: October 15, 2019

This is going to be a slower read for me, as I really only read it in the morning – a chapter or two at a time. I have been a subscriber to Gulotta’s newsletter for awhile and I really enjoy her writing.

*** A Year Without a Name by: Cyrus Grace Dunham (Little, Brown & Company) – On Shelves: October 15, 2019

Don’t let the small size of this book fool you! It’s not long but it’s packed. It didn’t take much time before I was reaching for my pen to underline ALL THE LINES. I gotta wait to finish this one when I can tune everything else out and really focus.

DNF:

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Ayesha At Last by: Uzma Jalaluddin (Berkley) – Pub Date: June 4, 2019

I gave it a valiant effort, but I just couldn’t get into this one. I think because I read (and enjoyed) Unmarraigeable earlier this year, it made it harder to get invested in Jalaluddin’s version. Many others have read and loved this one, so seek out more reviews before taking my word for it. (This was another Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading pick. #IdRatherBeReading #summerstooshort)

*** The Body in Question by: Jill Ciment (Pantheon) – Pub Date: June 11, 2019

Literally some of my most trusted reading sources (Annie B. Jones and Sarah’s Book Shelves) loved this one! (It’s on Sarah’s Summer Reading Guide.) I don’t understand why. 🤷🏼‍♀️ But that’s ok…different books for different folks. I read almost 60% of this one and just could not force myself to read another page. 

What did you read last week?

2 thoughts on “My Week in Books (7/3/19)

  1. I’ve been reading plenty the last couple weeks (knocks on wood to avoid the inevitable slump), but I really haven’t enjoyed what I’ve been reading that much. I’m looking forward to better books this week!

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