I am still blown away that it’s September already. This year has been flying by and I truly feel like I am running out of time to read all the books. Before we dive into everything I read this month (and trust me there was some stand out books), I wanted to share a new book subscription box I am trying out. I am going to test out Foxed Box, a personalized monthly book subscription. After you place your order they send a questionnaire for you to fill out about book preferences and then they select two that they think you would enjoy. Oftentimes I find myself selecting the same type of book, so I wanted to give this a shot to give myself a wider breadth of reading. Next month I will let you know how it went!
P.S. This is a female-founded team and you know how much I love that. Okay, onto the books.
August Book Roundup
Midnight Sun: When I found out that a new Twilight series book was coming out, I was so excited and pre-ordered right away. In middle school and even into high school I was a huge Twilight fan (like I had my own YouTube channel about it kind of fan). This book did not disappoint and really spoke to my younger self. I tore through this book over a few days, ignoring all other priorities.
Happy & You Know It: I thought I was going to be in a big reading slump after reading Midnight Sun, but I was pleasantly surprised with this book. This book is about a wealthy NYC playgroup and some of the scandals that inevitably come into their lives. If you like a little bit of a mystery and wealthy people doing scandalous things, then this book is for you.
So You Want to Talk About Race: I still have a couple of chapters left in this book. I am reading one chapter a day to really process everything I am learning, and unlearning, as opposed to reading just to consume. If you are looking to further learn about police brutality and mass incarceration of Black people and how to have these conversations with your friends and family, then I highly recommend adding this book to the top of your TBR pile.
The Night Swim: This is one of the first books that I cannot recommend. The brief synopsis of this book is a true-crime podcaster covers a live trial in a small town and while she is there, stumbles on an old cold case that she becomes obsessed with solving. While the book is well written, I felt emotionally exhausted after reading this book. Both crimes that the podcaster covers are rape cases and it ended up being an extremely tough read. I love a thriller but walked away from this book feeling terrible, which in 2020 is not something I want to recommend to anyone.
American Royals: After finishing The Night Swim, I immediately dove headfirst into this book to try and give my brain something a little more light-hearted. It did exactly what I needed. This book is based on the premise that George Washington became king instead of a president and where America is 200 years later. There is a love story, illicit affairs, royal balls, and some tragedy.
This month has a long long list in my TBR pile so here we go.
Majesty (the sequel to American Royals)