It’s that time again! Today I’m sharing my reads from this past month. All things considered, this was a pretty good reading month. I even had two 5 star reads!
This month I read…
Books by women: 6 / 7
Books by PoC: 2 / 7
Favorite pick of the month: Educated by Tara Westover and The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Now, onto the books!
Educated by Tara Westover
If you haven’t read this memoir yet, it should be at the top of your list. Westover’s life story is remarkable and inspiring. Her pursuit of higher education after growing up in a Mormon survivalist family is incredible. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and you can read my review here.
The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig
I’ve previously read some of Williams’s and Willig’s books and thought this joint novel was a fun story. The three authors weave together three different timelines quite well, making this an enjoyable read. I thought the switching stories were fun but the overall pacing suffered quite a bit as a result. I liked this book but I’m not sure I would really recommend it. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
I loved the newest thriller from Sager. This one follows Emma’s return to Camp Nightingale, fifteen years after her first and only other visit when her three cabinmates disappeared without a trace. I devoured this in two days and it’s definitely one thriller you should add to your summer reading list! I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and I’ll share a review here next week!
Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
I really enjoyed this short story collection! Chang deftly writes about class dynamics and gender politics. The stories in this collection were engaging, heartbreaking, and surprising. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading more of Chang’s work.
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
This is a great read that follows one Cuban-American woman’s journey to Havana after her grandmother’s death. Cleeton does an excellent job of capturing the emotions of those who left Havana during the revolution and those who stayed. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and you can read my review here.
The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel
This is a beautiful story about three people in Nazi-occupied France during WWII. I loved reading about how ‘ordinary’ civilians sacrificed their lives and did extraordinary things for the greater good. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and you can read my full review here.
The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
This is the newest Williams book that follows one American family in the 1950s and 1960s. I enjoyed how this story follows the different classes on one island and explores how the characters’ lives intersect. I’ve read a handful of Williams’s previous books and while I enjoyed this one, I liked some of her earlier books more. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars and I’ll share a review here next month.
That’s it for this month! What books did you finish this month?