For The Love Of Books | July + August 2020

My reading pace has slowed way down again and I'm honestly just rolling with it. 

Also a quick heads up that I'm shifting linking the books I'm reading from Amazon to Bookshop.org which supports local book stores. You can see a visual list of everything I've read so far in 2020 here

Here's what I read (and in one case listened to) in July + August: 

Untamed by Glennon Doyle // Listened to this one via Audible. What I loved about this book is how she writes - so much inspiration for how we write our own narratives as memory keepers. So many takeaways for me within this book.  

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi // This is the only book I read in July and it was so, so good. Highest of recommendations for this multi-generation, multi-narrator family story. She just published a new book that arrived last week and I'm really looking forward to diving into it soon. 

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager // Quick + super creepy read (found this to be creepier than others by this author).

The Last Flight by Julie Clark // Super quick read. Enjoyed it + wanted to know what was going to happen.

The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai // Finished this one yesterday and it’s both brutal + so very beautiful. I think I first read about The Mountains Sing in the New York Times or our local paper and something in the review compelled me to get it. This book opened my eyes + my heart to life in Vietnam in the 20th century and invited me to consider perspectives I honestly hadn't thought through previously - which, as always, is why reading + storytelling is so important. It’s the authors first novel in English (she learned English in 8th grade and has written other fiction + poetry in Vietnamese) and this historical fiction combines pieces of her own story with others she interviewed. @nguyenphanquemai_writes that this is her “desperate plea for peace and for humans to love other human beings more.” Thank you so much for sharing this multi-generational story and for giving me the gift of seeing the world via a different lens.

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao // Tough subject matter (actually subjects as there are a lot of really hard things that happen to the two women). Beautiful writing. I knew very little about this book going into it (received as part of a Pantsuit Politics seasonal book club) and I’m glad that I didn’t know much at all. A really good book if you are looking to deepen your empath + understanding of our world.

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  1. tretiakovam says…
    09/10/2020

    Love that you are switching links to support local book stores. Libro.fm does the same thing for audio books. You can choose which bookseller you want your audio book purchase (or subscription) to support. I love listening to books, and finding new ways to support local booksellers is a win to me! Thanks for always offering up something new for the TBR (or listened to) pile! :)

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  2. bcbc says…
    09/14/2020

    I agree. Good move, Ali!

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