July was such a bust month, with family and friends visiting and lots to do, that unfortunately I didn’t read as much as usual, especially since a few of the books took a while. With that said, however, I really liked a few of the books I read and am excited to dig into a few good beach reads when we go to the beach for our anniversary next weekend! I tend to do lots of reading in vacation, it’s my favorite type of r&r. Here’s what I read in July if you are looking for any books for your next trip -
There There - 3/5 - I thought this book was really good but also really slow. It is about a number of families that are all connected, though they don’t know it, and their journey to a large Native American pow wow. It talks a bit about being Native American in modern urban America, and left me with a lot to think about.
Normal People - 3/5 - I found this to be a really quick and relatively enjoyable read. It takes place in Ireland and is about two friends from high school who have a strong romantic connection, but keep breaking up and getting back together. It focuses a lot on fitting it and being considered normal, and how that changes depending on your environment. My problem with with the book is that I feel like it left on a complete cliffhanger, and it could have ended a little sooner or gone in a little longer to wrap things up.
American Spy - 4/5 - I really enjoyed this book! It is about Marie, an African American woman from Queens who grows up to become a federal agent and spy. I loved the way the book discussed racial politics, foreign policy, and even the US’s policy in communism while still being full of action. It really kept me on my toes and was a lot of fun to read, but it also made me think a lot about the world. The perfect combination!
My Brilliant Friend - 4/5 - This is the first book in the Neapolitan Novels, a book series that is about two friends growing up in Naples, Italy. It is a sweet and thoughtful look at friendship and growing up, and it is beautifully written. What’s truly amazing is that it is translated from the original Italian! It is also a series in HBO right now if anyone is interested!
Did you read anything good in July?