Three Women by Lisa Taddeo | Personal Note

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo | Personal Note

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Today I’m excited to discuss Three Women by Lisa Taddeo. This book popped up all over my Instagram feed sometime around May and continued to be a consistent sighting. The book was featured as a July Book of the Month option, so I selected it as my choice and I’m glad I did. Initially, I disliked the book. I felt it was a bit overdone, overhyped, and too flowery at times. While I have reservations (discussed below), I’m thankful I read this book. Continue reading “Three Women by Lisa Taddeo | Personal Note”

Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman

Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman

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I’m writing this post roughly two hours after finishing Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman. I have to tell you: I love this book so much. I gravitate toward books about college-aged people, and I’ve read some great books about this age range over the years, but this book captures college in way palpable, honest, raw way that I haven’t encountered. A lot of books have glimmers of my college experience, but this one just blew it out of the water. Brockman went to a small liberal arts college, which inspired Hawthorne, the college in the novel. While my small liberal arts college was on the west coast and Hawthorne is in Maine, some of the small liberal arts college quirks were so authentic. Continue reading “Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman”

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

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One of my bookish goals for 2019 was to read books featuring diverse voices. One of the books I’d seen pop up on Instagram was Fruit of the Drunken Tree, Ingrid Rojas Contreras’s debut novel about two young girls in Escobar-era Colombia. Told from alternating perspectives, this story is about Chula, a seven-year-old girl from a wealthy Colombian family and Petrona, a thirteen-year-old girl from a poor family works as a maid in Chula’s home. The two voices diverge in important ways. Chula’s voice is marked with naivete and immaturity, which serves as a sharp contrast from Petrona’s voice, which is one tainted by early loss and understanding of the dangers in their world. Still, Petrona’s age does come through at important moments, specifically when she is easily manipulated by a character in the book. Continue reading “Fruit of the Drunken Tree”

One Day in December by Josie Silver

One Day in December by Josie Silver

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I have a book recommendation! The end of the fall semester was an absolute whirlwind for me and the “fun” reading became unmanageable. I definitely got a little overzealous and ordered two 400+ page books for October and November and fell behind. I’m hoping as we enter 2019 I’ll have more time to read for fun again, as reading novels brings me so much joy. Continue reading “One Day in December by Josie Silver”

November Road by Lou Berney

November Road by Lou Berney

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My first semester of 3L is flying by, but I’ve managed to keep up with Book of the Month picks! Two picks I finished and I enjoyed were Goodbye, Paris and The Silence of the Girls. Due to my schedule, I won’t be doing full reviews of those, but if you want to see my quick thoughts on books I don’t write full reviews for, follow along on Instagram! I usually post a mini-review via Instagram stories. Continue reading “November Road by Lou Berney”

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

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My second choice for Book of the Month for July was The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams. This is also the third book of four for my August to-be-read. I’d heard really great things about this read, and after loving The Lost Vintage, I wanted to read more historical fiction. This book takes place in three different years: 1930, 1951, and 1969. All great years! It also takes place on a small island off the east coast and it felt like the perfect summer read. Continue reading “The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams”

The Late Bloomer’s Club by Louise Miller

The Late Bloomer’s Club by Louise Miller

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I recently got a notification from Goodreads that I met my year-long reading goal, which was to read 12 books. So far this summer, I’ve read nine books. That’s more than I’ve ever read during summer and more than I’ve read for fun in a long time. When I realized Louise Miller had a new book coming out so soon after her first book, I was so excited. I read The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living last December and fell in love with it. I loved Guthrie, Vermont, the cast of characters, and the writing. It felt cozy and warm and happy. Continue reading “The Late Bloomer’s Club by Louise Miller”

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

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I recently finished my first August book, which was Ghosted by Rosie Walsh. I’d heard really great things about this book, and loved the episode of “No Thanks We’re Booked” where Katie and Mollie interviewed Walsh. I recently joined Book of the Month club, and I’m so excited. I wanted to join for roughly a year and I never thought I’d be able to read enough to justify the subscription, but after reading so much this summer, I want to make reading for fun a bigger part of my daily life. If that means waking up a bit earlier, so be it. I decided to sign up when there was a special where you got a bonus credit, so I got two books for the price of the subscription. I also love that you can skip months (which is partially why I ended up going with this subscription). Anyway, Ghosted was my pick and The Summer Wives was my bonus book. Continue reading “Ghosted by Rosie Walsh”

She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop

She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop

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I am so excited about this review because this book was a bit lighter than some of the previous reading I’ve done this summer. She Regrets Nothing is Andrea Dunlop’s second novel, and now I’m hoping to pick up a copy of her first soon. Her writing is captivating and fun and kept me turning pages so quickly. Usually I’m a slow reader, I like to absorb a story slowly, really enjoy the words, but this book kept me guessing I wanted so badly to know where the story was headed, that I blew through 20 or 40 pages during my morning reading session and 60 or 80 pages during my after work reading session. Continue reading “She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop”