Books I read in May, June & July

Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

I decided to read this for two reasons, my husband’s name is Alex (mine is not even close to Eliza but still) and I loved Hamilton the musical. I haven’t read much historical fiction but this was pretty good. I’m sure a few creative liberties were taken.

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

This was the book club choice for the June meeting. It was really interesting. Every chapter would begin with a recipe that would reflect the main characters feelings. I was super impressed when I was researching the author and found out he was about my age and has published several books.  During our Skype session with this young author, he was actually across the world. I also found out he is a really cool guy to follow on Twitter.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

I had been wanting to read this for a while, especially since the movie had been released. Unfortunately as the release neared information about animal abuse was discovered and was canceled at a lot of theaters. I like reading books before watching the movies. I cried so much while reading this, I feel closer to my dog even.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

This is book two of the Monsters of Verity duology. I first discovered this series and V. E./Victoria Schwab when I received the first book of this series in on of my first Owl Crates. This second book did not disappoint. Ms. Schwab does it again by keeping anything romantic on a second plane so that the true action is always front and center, always making you think.

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

This is the second book in a series that I recently found and fell in love with.  As I mentioned with Moriarty I am attracted to anything Sherlock Holmes related. This retelling is special because the main characters are descendants of Holmes, Watson, and Moriarty even.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The book club I attended most of 2017 was YA, so the bookstore where its held decided to open up new clubs that would read different genres. This was part of the adult fiction book club, the only meeting I was able to attend. I bought it on a whim because one of the girls in the YA book club was reading it and said it was good, even though she didn’t really say what it was about I decided to go ahead and read it. Oh, My God!!! This is probably one of my favorite books I read this year. I love anything to do with time travel and since this is based on scientific theories, it blows your mind.

The Upside of Unrequited by Beck Albertalli

This was the book we read in July for the YA meeting. When I read this I realized that you are never too old for YA. I may not have been going through what the main character was going through presently, but I remember being a teenager and having those feelings. I related so much and it made me happy.

The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

I had been wanting to read this for a while since I follow the author on Tumblr. I had tried buying it at a big chain bookstore and it wasn’t available when I saw this at my local bookstore I was so excited. I absolutely loved this collection of poems. I felt empowered.

Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla

My local bookstore had a blind date with a book event, which is where they wrap books and write some keywords, the genre, quotes, etc., and from there you decide to buy it or not. I took a chance with this. It was very hard to get through. The main character is very depressing. I think the most interesting part of this book was learning about the publishing process. At that moment I had an idea I was researching that required looking into this whole process and this book inspired me to do so but other than that it was kinda boring.

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