July Reading List
July, July, July! You came and went so quickly. Getting ready for a busy time at work and I didn’t have as much time to read. Sometimes we all get in funks and even the thing that brings us the most joy just gets pushed to the side. Looks like August is going to have a similar outcome but we’ll make sure the back few months of the year will have some of the best books out there.
Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson –
I was a couple chapters in when I wrote this tweet:
Succinct and to the point about how I felt the entire time I was reading it. Jenny Lawson is and oddball, positive thinker, imagination overload that I would love to grab a cup of tea with. I think it’s also important to point out the loving way she speaks about her community. The people that read her blog, that go to see her engagements and the people like me who read her books. We’re all connected in this interlocking web of introverts, extroverts and anyone in-between.
L.A. Candy – Lauren Conrad –
So with the 10 reunion season of The Hills it got me digging into the past episodes and seeing what else other members of the cast had done during and after their time on the show. This lead to a few short fiction series by LC that I obviously had to take a peek at. This book follows what I can only presume is a similar storyline to what she experienced. Fiction often mirrors reality so honestly throughout my reading I’ve been trying to figure out what parts really happened and what didn’t. Which character is inspired by a real friend and which characters are combinations of others. The storyline itself reminds me of Rachel Hollis’s book Party Girl. It might only be because they both work for PR firms but otherwise it’s not identical. I AM going to read the next in the series but I’m not sure how far I’ll go with her fiction books.
The Position – Meg Wolitzer –
So this book drew me to it for two reasons. First the audio book narrator is one of my favorites Xe Sands. I think I’ve mentioned her before but I always think she does a phenomenal job so I tend to search her out. Second, I had actually read a book by Meg Wolitzer called The Female Persuasion a couple of years ago when Barnes & Nobel first begun their book club. I went to the first meeting and it was actually pretty fun. Other obligations has kept me from going to another one but would like to in the future. But back to this book – a very interesting premise. A couple writes a book about sex in the 70s similar to The Joy of Sex and it has a trickle down effect on the couples children/future. It felt very similar to what might have happened in a normal everyday life but you can see the impact that the book did have on the others.
Sweet Little Lies – Lauren Conrad –
Continuing with a series is in my blood! But seriously I wanted to read through these books for a couple of reasons. One, I’m still trying to figure out what parts of these stories are true. I think that most of my writing is inspired my true things that have happened that I’ve embellished on or made a little gory. Two, it reminds me of a style of story that I’m trying to write about my life as a manager. I think a 400-500 page book with stories about some of the more absurd things I’ve had to deal with would be fun. As well as therapeutic.
Check out some other monthly lists that I’ve written here!