July is behind us, which means only one month left of summer. I’ll be brief, so we can all get back to reading on the patio. It’s especially fun to talk books today because it’s the birthday of both J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter! If that doesn’t call for a bookish celebration, I’m not sure what does.
I read a lot of new titles this month, but also did some re-reading. I love to re-read, so it was a treat!
New to me titles in July:
Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery
Although this wasn’t my favorite Anne book - I thought the letters were much too long - it was still delightful. I always love how beautifully L.M. Montgomery displays friendship. And Anne continues to make me laugh out loud.
A Quiet Life in the Country by T E Kinsey
This was my audiobook for the month, and I loved it! The narration is perfect. The story was quirky with a not-at-all gruesome murder mystery perfect for summer listening. This is the first in a series, and I will certainly be reading the rest via audiobook to get more of the delightful and melodic accent.
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
I think this might be my favorite pick for kid-lit club yet this year. Stella is a smart and empathetic character. I was really touched by how the community comes together time and time again in this story. The characters are great individually, but the community as a whole is a character unto itself. I highly recommend this book to young and old alike.
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares
What a great book club pick for summer! Along with being a downright joy to revisit some of my favorite characters of tweendom, I got a lot out of this book that I didn’t expect.
Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot
One Sunday even the weekend didn’t seem to pull me out of the funk of a tough week, so I turned to Princess Mia for some help. I listened to the first three books of the series on audio earlier this year (read by Anne Hathaway - perfection!!), and this hilarious fourth installment was just what I needed to lighten up.
Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
I love Gretchen Rubin’s books in any form, but I especially love that she narrates her own audiobooks. She recently re-recorded Happier at Home in her own voice. I forgot how personal this book is, and I’m glad a re-read this in audio form instead of re-reading my physical copy. I recommend it for anyone feeling stuck in a rut about where they live. After listening, I’m looking at my home in a new and more positive way.
Happy reading! May your last stretch of summer be filled with warm weather, good books, and a sunny place to read them.