July 2022 reading list – Which books are worth the read and which should you skip?
One of my #22in2022 goals is to read 50 books this year. So far I’ve read:
- 5 books in January
- 4 books in February
- 6 books in March
- 5 books in April
- 3 books in May
- 8 Books in June
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1. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
This story follows Lotto and Mathilde who are madly in love, but as you read on you discover that they have huge secrets that they keep from each other. The story switches back and forth between the two character’s point of view throughout their lives together. I didn’t enjoy the story and I thought it was really long. It was sad because it reveals the loneliness of the characters, even tough they are together.
2. Book Lovers by Emily Henry
This story is a romance story without being too romantic. The story follows Nora, a career-minded literary agent, who agrees to spend the summer in a country “hallmark movie” style town, Sunshine Falls, North Carolina, with her sister Emily. They have a “hallmark movie” style to-do list to complete – like help a local business, fall in love with a local, etc. Nora runs into Charlie, a tough editor that she met in NYC. As Nora and Emily continue to check off items on their to-do list, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie. Romance ensues!
3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
My sister mentioned that this book is becoming a movies, so I needed to read this before it came out. Kya, the youngest child of a family who lives in the marsh. Throughout her life, all her brothers and sisters begin to leave the marsh. Eventually her mother leaves, too. Kya is left with her alcoholic father, but he leaves too. She fends for herself most of her life. Fast forward to when she is an adult… a man is found dead in the local town. The townspeople point fingers at “the marsh girl” and Kya stands trial.
4. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
This book is really sad to get through ask it deals with a broken family. The Lees are a Chinese American family living in small-town Ohio in the late 1970s. The wife, Marilyn, wanted to become a doctor, but gave up on her dreams when she met James. They started a family, but Marilyn never wanted to be a housewife. Marilyn pushes all her dreams upon the eldest daughter, Lydia. James detests that their son, Nath, is being bullied at school and hasn’t become more “Americanized.” Nath dreams of going to Harvard and loves science and the space program. The youngest daughter, Hannah, is completely ignored by every other member of the family. After Lydia dies, the story navigates how each family member deals with grief separately… and silently.
5. The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams
As an avid reader, I loved this book. The story navigates between a widower, Mukesh, who is trying to find a way to connect with his granddaughter and the younger Aleisha, who works at the local library. His wife loved reading, but he himself has never picked up a book. He heads to the library and meets Aleisha at the front desk. When Mukesh asks for a book recommendation she is rather rude since she doesn’t read either. She soon finds a list of random book titles. Wanting to be more helpful to the patrons, she begins reading the books, one-by-one, to see if the books are good enough to recommend to Mukesh. The story goes through several books as they both read and discuss the books. They both discover a love for reading and a friendship grows!
I’ve read a total of 36 books so far in 2022 – which is 72% of my goal!
What’s on your reading list? Let me know in the comments below!
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