My summer reading has been superb thus far. I’ve read quite a few four and five star books, which is really remarkable when you consider all the books on the market these days. I’ve honed in on my favorite genres, authors, and reading mediums so that I don’t have to make a lot of guesses when it comes to what I should read next!
If you are struggling to get to this sweet spot, check out my recent post on A Practical Guide to Choosing Your Next Book.
I finally got around to reading Americanah and I’m so thankful that I did; I read this one for the “immigrant story” in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenge. Ifemelu and Obinze are two friends that meet as teenagers and quickly form a bond that is both singular and unbreakable. Throughout the novel, their relationship ebbs and flows forming the foundation and, at times, the backdrop of the events that unfold. Adichie does a remarkable job of blending together a beautiful story with observations that are important and crucial for our time. This was my first time reading Adichie’s work and I can’t wait to binge read everything else she’s ever written. Her voice was strong and confident and showed that she is clearly a woman with important things to say.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
I read this book on audio and it was amazing. The Kitchen House was published in 2010 so it’s been around for a long time; for some reason, it never seemed compelling enough for me to read until now. I adore books with alternating narrators and unlikely heroes (both of which are in this one). When listening to the audiobook, I couldn’t escape the sense of foreboding that nags at the reader with each passing chapter. Each character that you come to love is constantly on the brink of loss. For the enslaved men and women in the American south this was their reality—life was controlled by the whims and fancies of cruel men (and sometimes, women as well).
Rating: 4 / 5
Rachel and Liam are a part of The Jane Austen Project and their mission is to travel back in time to Regency England to meet and befriend Jane Austen. Of course, that’s not their only mission but it’s the first in a series of events that they must face—without altering history. This book had potential—I loved the premise. However, it fell short for me; the first third of the book dragged too long as I waited for the plot line to advance. Then, once the action picked up, I wasn’t satisfied with the characters or their interactions. I have seen The Jane Austen Project everywhere this summer and many readers love it; but it was just not the Jane Austen time-travel book for me.
Rating: 3 / 5
I absolutely adore memoirs and Hold Still is unique in that it has interesting photographs to accompany its storytelling. Because Mann is an artist I expected her memoir to be engaging but mostly held together because of the photography. Little did I know how much I would appreciate and enjoy her writing. However, with each passing chapter my impressions ranged from awe and fascination to exhaustion and boredom. While her words were lovely, they also spanned entirely too many pages.
Rating: 3 / 5
The Diplomat’s Daughter was published this week and I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek with an Advanced Reader Copy. I wrote a complete review of it here so I won’t write too much; let’s just say that I really enjoyed it—historical fiction at its best. I’m excited (to say the least) that this month my book club will read another novel by Tanabe, The Gilded Years!
Rating: 4.5 / 5
What are you reading this summer? Have you found the perfect beach book? Or an amazing airplane read? Let me know in the comments below!
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