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What I Read in July 2022

August 4, 2022

Last month’s reading was an absolute blast! Since it was my birthday month I really focused on reading books that I thought would bring me joy. I know that sounds silly but some months I read books that are more of a challenge or purpose-driven. This month I just picked what was calling my name […]

Last month’s reading was an absolute blast! Since it was my birthday month I really focused on reading books that I thought would bring me joy. I know that sounds silly but some months I read books that are more of a challenge or purpose-driven. This month I just picked what was calling my name and wow, these books did not disappoint. 

What I Read in July 2022

Be prepared to add at least four of these books to your cart or library holds because you absolutely MUST read them. 

Everything I Read in July

Every Summer After: this may just be the book of the summer. This is Carly Fortune’s debut novel and needless to say I will be reading anything she writes. Every Summer After jumps between timelines over the course of 6 summers on a lake house and 12 years into the future when Percy returns to the lake house for the weekend after tragedy strikes. I don’t want to give too much away but if you like Emily Henry, you will LOVE this book. 

This Time Tomorrow: after hearing a podcast interview with Emma Straub promoting her book I immediately bought it and started reading immediately. This book has everything you could want. A coming of age story, lessons about what truly matters in life, an adorable father-daughter relationship, and time travel. I finished this book in 48 hours and wish I could re-read it. 

Lessons in Chemistry: this book was not high on my list to read until I received 20 DMs telling me this was the best book they’ve read in a long time. So what did I do? Immediately start reading it. This historical fiction book has a brilliant feminist lead character, a dog that you can’t help but love, and a story that just hasn’t been told before. This is definitely one of the best books I have read in 2022. 

Something Wilder: someone on Instagram messaged me saying that she just finished this book and that I needed to read it.  I am so glad I listened. This book is set in Moab and there is a love story, treasure hunting, and cowboy adventures. I will say this isn’t a book I thought I would like, but the writing is so good and really moves the plot forward. I kept finding myself saying “just one more chapter” each time I ended a chapter. 

Hook, Line, and Sinker: my first Tessa Bailey book and I don’t know if I am hooked yet. This book is set in a small seaside town and follows a romance between Hannah, who works on movie sets, and Fox, a king crab fisherman. Overall the book was a little predictable, but if you like spicy books then definitely check this one out. 

Acid for the Children: not normally a book I would pick out for myself, this autobiography by Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers blew me away. It is all about his childhood and how the RHCP came to be. I read this for a music book club that I recently started and am excited to learn more! 

 

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Instead of doing what I thought I was supposed to be doing, I got intentional. I started asking “what if” all the time and I stopped putting so much pressure on myself to do things at the perfect time or the right way. Instead I took a little leap here and another there to create a life I love. 

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