[Early] Summer Book Report.

You guys – I have been reading a TON lately.

It’s been wonderful to lose myself in some beautifully written books (with really only a few ‘stinkers’.) Here’s a look into what you should pick up (or skip) this summer…

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Labor Day: Birth Stories for the Twenty-First Century by Eleanor Henderson & Anna Solomon // Beautiful and poetic. This book completely changed my perspective on labor and delivery. While I’m still scared to deliver my little lady, this book made me realize what an amazing experience labor can be and how it truly unites women from all around the world. I felt so empowered after reading this book. If you’re pregnant or desire to be a mother – READ THIS!

Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table by Shauna Niequist // An amazingly beautiful book of essays by Shauna Niequist. Niequist covers everything from food & entertaining, spirituality, body image & mothering. I absolutely loved her writing style and vulnerability throughout. I rented this from the library but just ordered a copy of Amazon for my own collection. I’ve never been much of a hostess but can’t wait to dive into some of these recipes and invite some friends over!

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin // Another enjoyable read from Emily Giffin. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as her first four novels but it kept me entertained. I recommend Where We Belong (or any of the Giffin novels) as a great beach read!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline // I never would’ve picked this book up had it not been the book club selection for May; however, I’m so glad that I did because Ernest Cline is a brilliant writer. I was hooked after a few chapters. Ready Player One is creative and well put together. The book tackles the some controversial topics that made for a great book club discussion. I highly recommend for science-fiction readers, 70s/80s babies or anyone with the slightest interest in video games and/or technology. You won’t be disappointed.

Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver // Fawn Weaver has made my list of ‘People I Want to Have Coffee With’. This isn’t a self-help book but read as a memoir with invaluable tips woven throughout. I cried. I laughed. I nodded my head in agreement and cringed when realizing some of my own mistakes I’ve made in marriage. For all the ladies who are married – READ this book! It’s incredible.

Delancey by Molly Wizenberg // Delancey was okay. I wouldn’t say it was a engaging read but it was neat to see how Wizenberg and her husband built a restaurant from scratch. I’m really interested in visiting Delancey the next time I visit Seattle! The pizza sounds delicious.

The House Girl by Tara Conklin // I’m sorry but I found The House Girl to be a complete dud. I typically enjoy books that switch between time periods and/or characters; however, this story was far-fetched and predictable.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman // I found this book to be highly overrated. It was okay but insignificant. One of the most disappointing elements (in my opinion) were the characters of Mia’s parents. Within teen fiction, parents are written as antagonists or sidekicks; why is it so rare to find a ‘happy medium’? Also – can you say ‘Lovely Bones’?

The One and Only by Emily Giffin //My least favorite of Emily Giffin’s novels. I just couldn’t get into the football storyline, plus, the characters were poorly developed. Major thumbs down. Hoping her next book is better…

The Vacationers by Emma Straub //Although the plot isn’t -by definition- unique, it’s still an amusing, absorbing (and quick) read. Another book to take this with you to the pool or beach this summer- you won’t be disappointed!

What are you reading??

26 thoughts on “[Early] Summer Book Report.

  1. It a sad because I used to read a lot! And now I don’t. I don’t know if I should get back into it. My spine is curved down nd I don’t think its healthy to read at the moment.

    1. You definitely should! You can read on your laptop or device if it’s easier to set in front of you (so you don’t have to look down!) I hope you can get reading 🙂 Thanks for the comment by the way!

  2. What a wonderful report- it sounds like we’re reading a lot of the same things, and, where we differ, I want to pick them up. Labor Day and Bread & Wine are officially on my Goodreads list 🙂

  3. I was going to pick up the Vacationers the other day but went with The One & Only instead, which is actually my first Emily Griffin read so I of course don’t have much to compare it to. I really loved the show Friday Night Lights and I feel like it plays on those lines quite a bit so while I don’t not like it (I’m only a few chapters in) I’m definitely waiting for it to pick up/do something interesting.

  4. I’m sad to hear that Emily Griffin’s last few books haven’t been so good! That’s a major bummer, because I really liked the few of hers that I have read! Sadly, I’m not reading anything spectacular right now, and my last few books have just been so-so. I’m due for a good one!

    1. Have you read The One and Only yet? I feel like her novels keep getting worse instead of better (or the same) 😦 I remember when I first stumbled upon Something Borrowed! I was on a flight to Africa (random – I know) and read it before we landed. I didn’t sleep because I just had to finish. I want her next book to pull me in like that!

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