Reading Lately: August 2018


It's been a while since I posted what I've been reading lately. We're still in the dog days of summer, soaking in the sunshine and trying to ignore the back-to-school ads even though we're not technically on summer break anymore. My summer has been busy in the best possible way, and I feel like I've made the most of every moment. There've been barbecues, berry-picking, hikes, a wedding, movies, ice cream, farmers markets, and of course so much time with friends and family. And books! Here's what I've been enjoying lately:

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

Phaedra Patrick

This was the sweetest book! With great character development and a charming story, this book surprised me with it's depth of plot and mix of eccentric and realistic events. It handled real issues of aging, life after the loss of a loved one, and finding meaning in life, while also including a scene about a man who only wear electric blue and owns several tigers. Definitely the feel-good story of the summer!

When Life Gives You Lululemons

Lauren Weisberger

Did you know The Devil Wears Prada is a series?? Me neither. This is the third installment, which I didn't even realize until I looked at the goodreads page after finishing it. You definitely don't need to have read the 2nd one to understand this one, and if you like DWP you will love When Life Gives You Lululemons! It's funny, relatable, heartbreaking, and in the end victorious.

Save the Date

Mary Kay Andrews

A cute enough romance story. I'm honestly not a huge fan of the love-to-hate trope, but did love that the female lead was a business owner and in the end grew to like both characters. Not my first recommendation, but a quick candy read if your romance novel TBR list has dried up.

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

I'll be honest: I really didn't like this book. But I still think you should read it. Since I can't handle watching the show, reading the book is the next best way to be able to talk to other people about the story and to understand the nuances of how it's used in everyday conversation. This book is definitely part of our modern zeitgeist, and as painful as oflgen's lack of character development and action is, and as painful as Atwood's over-the-top grandiose writing style is, there's a lot to unpack and discuss. Get through it, then be like me and tell everyone all the things you didn't like about it.