When you look back on your favorite books read, can you remember what was going on in your life or the season you were in? I tend to compartmentalize the books I’ve read, especially favorites with the different seasons. When I think back on a favorite book it’s kind of fun to remember what I was going through when I read it, whether it was enjoyed on vacation, or huddled up inside on a cold winter weekend. No doubt that the books I read earlier this summer will always in some way be connected to the hardships endured through this uncertain season brought on by COVID-19. Whether you’re looking for a good book to read or enjoy reading through book recs (like me…nerd alert!), I hope you enjoy this roundup of every book I’ve read recently.
reading roundup – Everything I’ve read recently
For the purpose of this roundup I’ll be rating the books on a scale of 1-5, 5 being an absolute favorite. If you want to get a feel for my reading tastes and other past reads, follow along on Goodreads.
Non-Fiction and Memoir
Act Like a Lady / (3.75 Stars)
The ladies of one of my favorite podcasts, The LadyGang graced us with this memoir-style guide to life as a “lady.” This was the perfect beach read, though I didn’t make it to a beach! If you like juicy reads with hilarious real-life advice, this one is for you!
Somewhere in the Middle / (4.5 Stars)
This memoir was deeply personal to me. The author is half Filipino but raised in an American household just like myself. The book details the author’s experience in finding her Filipino side and feeling comfortable claiming both sides of her heritage while remaining true to herself.
White Fragility / (5 Stars)
This should be required reading for anyone who has ever thought, “racism in America doesn’t exist.” This book is thought-provoking and eye-opening. It gave me the tools to examine my unconscious biases and language to help have important discussions around race and inequality.
Followers/ (3 Stars)
A fictional drama highlighting the dark side of influencer culture. Starting out, I was very intrigued and could not put it down. Somewhere in the middle, the story lost a little substance for me. The overall theme of the story highlights sharing information in this digital age we’re living in. Part of the story takes place in the “future,” and even though most of the situations taking place in the future during this novel seem outlandish, there is part of me that can see how these events may actually come to fruition if we are not mindful of our actions and the rippling effects.
Good Marriage/ (3.5 Stars)
A murder mystery…usually not my normal pick but I’m glad I ventured out of my comfort zone. The novel centers around a homicide investigation and had a twist I truly did not see coming.
The Guest List /(4 Stars)
Okay, I know I said I usually don’t pick murder mystery style novels but I guess I’ve been pushing it lately! The Guest List was a page-turning mystery that all takes place over one weekend and on a very desolate island off the coast of Ireland. It was a quick, guilty pleasure type read.
The Vanishing Half / (5 Stars)
Have you ever had a book that sits with you long after you’re finished? This was one of those feel it in my heart reads. Spanning the life of two twin sisters, The Vanishing Half tells a story of the multiple heartbreaks a life can face, hardship, tough choices, and highlights how there can be two different worlds depending on your skin color, or socio-economic opportunities. If you haven’t heard, this novel has been picked up for a mini-series so I highly recommend you read before you binge!
I want to hear from you! If you read any of these titles, I’d love to hear your thoughts. All of the books linked here will take you to an Independent Bookstore to purchase from. Nor this blog or I will receive any commission off of these links. So, if you’re looking to purchase I highly recommend using one of these links and helping out an Indi book shop! Happy reading!