Hi everyone! Welcome to my Summer Book Round-Up! Hope you’re staying safe and healthy. I know it’s been a minute, but I’m excited to be back with more consistent blog posts up. I’ve read a decent amount of books this summer, and I’m excited to share what I’ve delved into these past few months.
Summer went by fast. I can’t believe it’s fall aka my favorite season! Give me some spooky and thrilling recommendations in the comments down below. I know Halloween is over, but I’m always down to read a good thriller! Please enjoy my summer book round-up!
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Death in the Clouds – Agatha Christie
If you haven’t read Agatha Christie’s books, you’re missing out! They’re quick mystery reads that keep you wondering who the killer is. This particular novel takes place in an airplane where a woman is killed by a poisonous dart. No one saw how it occurred so Hercule Poirot must use his detective skills to find out who the killer is…
Christie also wrote Murder on the Orient Express so if you’ve seen the movie, you’ll most likely love her books. Also, I’m excited to read “Halloween Party” by Christie this spooky season.
Tip: My family and I go to our local library and visit the “Book Cellar” where you can buy books for prices as low as 25 cents. I recommend checking out if your library has something similar!
*Great for those who are into murder mysteries and crime podcasts*
I read this book when the BLM protests were happening a couple of months ago to educate myself and try to understand everything from someone else’s perspective. Even though the author is white, White Fragility was an informative read overall.
Black Lives Matter – ALWAYS. It’s important to continue to talk about the ongoing social justice issues
So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
I enjoyed Ijeoma Oluo’s book way more than White Fragility. It felt more conversational and Oluo even included a chapter on the Asian perspective which I could obviously relate to.
Oluo broke up the book into chapters that make it easy to follow along with her personal connection as half black and half white.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell
In my Consumer Behavior class, I read “The Outliers” as well as “The Tipping Point” and I found them both fascinating. I had never taken a psychology class before and it was interesting to learn about the underlying meanings behind what individuals do. I had high hopes for Blink, but it honestly took me months to finish it. It probably had to do with the fact that I was extremely uninterested with one of the chapters (I won’t say which one in case you do decide to read it). All in all, I highly suggest reading the two Gladwell books I mentioned earlier!
*Great for those who are in marketing, psychology, and/or sociology*
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
Y’all. This was such a great quarantine read. I read it over the course of a few days and was intrigued the entire time. It’s on Reese Witherspoon’s book list and she stars in the adaption series! Probably one of the best mini-series I’ve seen in a really long time.
*Great for those who like dramas, and books that keep you on your toes*
Normal People – Sally Rooney
So, I’ve heard mixed feelings about this book. I personally enjoyed it and finished it in four days, but others were very frustrated at the main characters’ lack of development.
There’s also a Hulu show based on the book, and it’s cool to see Trinity College and Ireland in the series.
*Great for those who like teen romances and think they’re trendy*
The Wedding – Nicholas Sparks
Honestly, this book took me a while to finish. It’s actually the sequel to “The Notebook” (which I didn’t even know was a thing) and it was pretty cheesy but pretty cute as well. Fast forward many years and the son-in-law of Allie and Noah Calhoun is struggling to show his wife that he loves her. He spent too much time at his job, and him and his wife are now on the verge of divorce. “The Wedding” will make you laugh and cry, so beware.
*Great for those who are into Nicholas Sparks books and lovey-dovey romance novels*
It’s Always the Husband – Michele Campbell
What a rollercoaster! I wasn’t sure who the killer was the entire time and I can assure you; it wasn’t what I expected.
“It’s Always the Husband” touches on three girls who become roommates and then best friends in college. However, something happened their freshman year of college that will change their lives forever. And when they’re adults, one of the friends is standing at the edge of a bridge being told to jump…
Is it always the husband? Find out for yourself in this riveting novel.
*Great for those who love friendship novels and unexpected twists*
The Lost Wife – Alyson Richman
I actually found this cute little read on my walk around my neighborhood in LA. In front of someone’s house, they created a bookshelf where neighbors can provide and take as many books as they want.
During World War II, Alyson Richman tells a heartbreaking story about two young Czech lovers who were torn apart. One of them ventures to the United States, and one is sent to a concentration camp.
FYI, the author does not hold back on providing horrific details of Auschwitz and the conditions within. This is definitely a story on the strengths of humans and how you’ll never forget your first love.
Tip: I found this book at a “Free Library” stand in my neighborhood! You’re able to take and/or leave a book. Hope there are some near you!
*Great for those into history and learning more about World War II*
I love to read and I hope this summer book round-up inspired you to pick up a good book and get lost in another world.
Please follow along on my reading journey on GoodReads, and let me know what you’ve been reading down below! 😊 Thanks for taking a peek at my summer book round-up!