I did not read as many books in July as I wanted to read, but I’m happy with the ones I did. I’ll carry over the ones I didn’t read into August except for one. I had thought Last Hope Island was historical fiction, but it was a non-fiction book about WWII. I will probable read it at some point in the future, but I’m looking to read historical and non-fiction books about times, places, people and events I don’t know that much about. I’ve read a lot about WWII.
I have 65 books on my have-read bookshelf so far this year – a lot more already than my usually 52 books a year! I really think that setting reading goals each month is not only helping me read more, but also read a wider variety of books. I’m glad those 65 books include at least 7 classics, 7 inspirational, 7 historical and 7 biographical books. I have learned a lot this year so far from the books I’ve read and have been starting to make a dent in the to-read bookshelf.
In the past, I would usually just grab a book from my to-read pile or start reading what is available from my hold list on Overdrive. Instead, I am choosing a fiction, historical, biographical, inspirational and classic to read each month and then after I have read those five, I can read whatever I find that’s available. I will also have book club books to read from a moms group and the online book club on this site. Oh, and there are the advanced copies I receive to review. Lots of reading going on here!
In July, I read the following 7 books (reviews to come soon):
- For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
- Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly
- Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
- Beartown by Fredrik Backman
- Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
- Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
- My (Not-So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
For August, here is my to-read list:
I saw A House Among the Trees highly recommended in Bookpages, so I want to see if it’s a good read. The local librarian recommended Salt to the Sea and it’s young adult fiction, but I trust her recommendations.
I have read a few of McCullough’s books and have enjoyed them and his writing style. I saw him promote this book on TV as a collection of his speeches and I am very interested in how this book flows and what topics he addresses.
Biographical: Rita’s Story by Rita Klaus and
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Rita’s Story is a true story about a nun who was cured of MS – my husband knew of her from where he grew up and has met her. She was featured on an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. I am looking forward to reading the details of her story firsthand.
I started reading Hidden Figures in July, but didn’t finish it before the ebook needed to be returned to the library. I’m checking out the hard copy so I can finish it in August and then I’ll watch the movie. I have only heard good things about the book and movie and I’ve enjoyed the story so far.
Inspirational: Forever, Erma by Erma Bombeck
Erma Bombeck spent a lot of her life living in the city of Dayton, near where I live. Every few years, they have a writing contest in her honor, so I want to get to know her writing style, and her, better.
I actually started reading this book last November and didn’t finish it before it was due back to the library (ebook). I am now checking out the hard copy from the library and plan to finish the story this month. I have enjoyed it so far.
Read more about this choice at the link above and then join our discussion on the blog and on Facebook on Aug. 30.
This book is about the drug epidemic in our country. A friend of mine recommended it to me. Since there’s a break this month for the mom’s book club, I added this one to my list.
Requested Reviews/Advanced Copies/Book Launch books:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
If you’re curious about what else I’ve read this year, you can visit my monthly bookshelves: January, February, March, April, May, June and July.
What are you reading right now?
What are you planning to read this month? Comment below!