summer book report

I know there are a ton of "Must Read" books lists out there. I also know that I read every single one of them hoping I'll find something new or get a different perspective on a book I've seen mentioned before. I hate starting a book and not liking it, because I'm incapable of not finishing. It's something I'm working on, but it means I try to do my due diligence before jumping in. You'll see from this list, that's not always full proof.

Here are the books I've read this summer. Hopefully this list will save you from drudging through some duds and inspire you to finally pick up that one everyone tells you about but you're concerned won't live up to the hype.

Geek Love: I do not recommend this book. I went in (not having done proper research) expecting a quirky tale of unexpected love. What I got was a gruesome story about a family of "sideshow freaks" engineered by their ringmaster father and geek mother (geek meaning someone who bites the heads off live chickens in a circus act).

Fringe Hours: Blog world/Instagram were freaking out over this book so I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did. It's full of practical ideas on how to take control of your time and maximize it so that you feel fulfilled and your responsibilities are not neglected.

The Age of Innocence: Set in 1870s New York's upper class, this book was mostly full of rich people whining. I actually skipped about 100 pages toward the end, and I'm pretty sure I didn't miss a single thing.

Lolita: Another one I went into blindly. (Honestly, I only picked it up because it's discussed in Pretty Little Liars.) When I realized it was about a man having an intimate relationship with his twelve year old step-daughter I was just a little surprised. All in all though, I liked it. The subject matter is heavy, but the narration is very well done and the characters are engaging.

The Royal We: This was described to me as "Kate Middleton fan fiction" and it lived up to every bit of that hype. A fluffy read, but so well done and just mostly perfect.

All the Light We Cannot See: Told from the perspective of two characters whose lives seem entirely separate but are intertwined by the tragedies of war, this book spans decades and draws you completely into the character's worlds. It takes the familiar story of World War II and offers new perspective. It's beautiful and perfect. Go read it right now.

We Are Called to Rise: I loved this one for so many reasons. It tells the story of four individuals living in Las Vegas, and explores what happens when tragedy changes the course of a life. I felt all the feels and yet somehow felt light and hopeful by the time I reached the end.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle: This was a totally weird, guilty pleasure read. It's the story of two sisters living in a town where everyone seems to hate them and their just fine with that. It's darkly humorous and a super fast read. If you're looking for something out of the norm, this is a good choice.

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