July Wrap-up

July has been a great reading month for me!ย  Who knew that being 9 months pregnant could be so enjoyable ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  I had THREE five-star reads this month, which is pretty good… although one is about childbirth and I can’t reveal one of the others.

Total Number of Books: 8
Total Number of Pages: 3,310
Average Pages per Book: 414
Average Rating: 4.06

Okay… so the best book I read this month, I actually can’t include or talk about!ย  It’s slowly killing me to keep my mouth shut about it, because it’s a contender for my top reads of 2019.ย  BUT we are likely including it in our debut book subscription box this October, so I don’t want to spoil the surprise for those of you who follow my bookstagram/blog and who will also be ordering the box.ย  So you’ll have to be patient and wait a few months for me to gush about how much I loved it!

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Storm: It’s a Curse to Remember by Gurpreet Kaur Sidhuย  ย  โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of her novel in exchange for an honest review!ย  I loved the premise of this book and the plot was captivating. I got hung up on some of the wording, and sometimes the shifts in time and perspective had me a bit confused and having to flip back and re-read through sections. Having said that, there were many suspenseful parts where I could not put this book down. Overall I enjoyed it, and I’m interested in seeing where the author takes things with the second book in this series.

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Home Front Girls by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhanย  ย  โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

Writtenย as a series of letters between two women during WWII, this book sheds light on the everyday experiences of women on the American home front.It was a delightful read,ย  reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (although not quite as magical).I’ll disclose that I’m a history nerd, and I love most novels set during this era, so I am slightly biased.I adored witnessing the developing friendship between Rita and Glory. I love how the letters capture their inner and outer lives in such a personal and relatable way.I wouldn’t say it was an amazing novel, but it was definitely a quick, light, and enjoyable read.ย  I would definitely recommend this book to readers who love historical fiction.ย  Publication date September 3rd 2019.ย  Thanks to HarperCollins Canada for this ARC.

 

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City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbertย  ย  โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Blair Brown, and I really enjoyed it! I loved the colourful array of characters at the Lily Playhouse, and was drawn in by the witty dialogue. I was fully captivated by the era and atmosphere, and I had fun exploring 1940s New York through the experiences of Vivian. My attention waned a bit towards the end of the novel, but I think that was just because I missed the entertainment and debauchery…

Gilbert has said that, “My goal was to write a book that would go down like a champagne cocktail- light and bright, crisp and fun.โ€ In my opinion, she succeeded in meeting her goal!

 

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

I am going to have to keep this short, because I have so many thoughts and feelings about this book!ย  Eventually I’ll sit down and write a proper review of it.ย  There are such mixed reviews for this book, and I completely understand why.ย  Personally, I absolutely adored it!ย  Tartt’s prose is beautiful and evocative.ย  It is a deep, moody, and immersive book that needs to be read slowly and savored.ย  It is not a carefree or easy read, but if you love literature, detailed, rich prose, and gravitate towards art and philosophy, then I would recommend it.

 

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Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellisonย  ย  โ˜…โ˜…โ˜….5

First of all, I loved the setting of this novel!ย  An old, prestigious girls boarding school in a small town created the perfect atmosphere for intrigue and murder.ย  I loved the gothic feels, secret societies, and overall creepiness.ย  It was full of secrets and had a good twist that I didn’t expect.ย  I did find some of the characters annoying, and feel like the story would have been more convincing set further in the past rather than the present.ย  The story kept my interest and was enjoyable, but wasn’t amazing.ย  Expected publication December 31, 2019.ย  Thanks to HarperCollins Canada for this ARC.

Pregnancy-related books

Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirthย by Jenny McCarthyย  ย  โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

A funny and entertaining look at all of the changes that you may experience during and after pregnancy.ย  It was good for a laugh!

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth By Ina May Gaskinย  ย  โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

Very informative and interesting.ย  I was terrified of childbirth, but this book along with the Positive Birth Company’s hypnobirthing course and of course our amazing doula have completely changed my mindset and made me realize that it is a completely natural process that our bodies are made for!ย  I’d definitely recommend this book to all pregnant women!


What was the best book you read this month!?ย  Any recommendations?ย  Thoughts about any of the books included here?

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