Hey, hey, hey…IT’S BOOK DAY!!!!
Awwwww! Friends, I’m so excited!!! This month, I read four fictional stories and LOVED THEM ALL! Two of the four were a part of Shay’s Summer Book Club, so just like last month, typically, I don’t publish comments with spoilers, but for today’s books, in the comment section, you can talk spoilers if you want for the TWO books that were in our book club (not the other books). My review here WILL NOT contain any spoilers for those of you who haven’t read the books yet (just make sure you don’t read the comment section!), but there will be spoilers/discussion in the comment section for everyone who has already read the book(s). I will not be publishing any comments that are hateful/ugly. There are a lot of book clubs if you want to express your thoughts in that way, but mine will not be one of them. You can absolutely say you don’t like a book and list reasons, but we’re going to even keep that in a positive, upbeat way or else it won’t be published for the discussion.
Also, after today, I will resume NOT having a book club. I think I’m going to keep that a “summer only” thing as I know so many of you count on/love/rely on the comment section for ideas about your next read, so I want to go back to keeping those spoiler-free PLUS, I like the freedom of picking up and putting down any old book I like, so we’re going to take a pause after today’s post.
Let’s do this…the first two books are from our book club and will be discussed in the comment section with spoilers starting with…
This one was phenomenal.
This book right here could very easily make it into my top three this year.
This novel takes place pretty present day in Nigeria and is about a girl, who at only 14, is sold by her dad into marriage so he can have the money to pay bills. She has absolutely no interest in marriage as she considers herself an academic and wants to pursue an education, but is thrust into this household with him, his other wives and the life of a girl who will grow up with no other purpose than to serve the man who “owns” her. Oh my word, this is book is hard. It’s hard, it’s ugly, it’s deep, it’s hopeful, it’s brutal, it’s beautiful…it’s everything in one book. After I finished it, I had the same feeling I did after reading Where the Crawdads Sing. You know? That weird feeling where you realize you loved the book, but at the same time, it was painful to read. I want to also make it clear that this book covers every topic from rape to death, so I will give this an R rating for content and warn any of you in advance who are sensitive to those topics. This book is highly emotional and a roller-coaster ride throughout every page about overcoming insurmountable odds. It’s an amazing book. I hope you read it!
The second book in our book club this month was LIGHT and BRIGHT…
Whew! I needed light and bright after reading such a hard book before.
This novel checks every box! Cute, funny, charming, great cast of characters, a little love, a little mystery, a lot of great food references and best of all, it takes place in Texas, so lots of fun references for us Lone Star State-ers! The real meat of this chick lit though, in my opinion, is how the main character, a strong, well-educated, Black woman in the tech industry had to work extra hard to be seen at her job. I loved this character…she was the perfect blend of sweet and sassy, and very much appreciated her perspective at her company. I also loooooved her girlfriends (they reminded me of mine!) and the undercover agent also working in her office (he was adorable!). I will say, it took me a minute to figure out what this book was about (a little slow to start), but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. I’m going to give this novel an R rating too for language and sexual content. I hate discouraging anyone from reading a book…BUT I also know that it’s really important to some of you, so even though I hate doing this…
…Wild at Heart is also rated R. This is the second book in the series (I reviewed the first book last month), and again, I LOVED IT! If you’re looking for just good old fashioned chick lit, here you go. In the second novel, our main character is still living in Alaska with her new boyfriend, but now, they’ve moved away from friends and she’s trying to discover exactly who she is. I actually might even have loved this one more than the first because now that we know her, we could dive a bit deeper. I’m very excited to read the third book in this series now too!! Charming, quaint, adorable, cozy…yup, that’s a fall book if I’ve ever heard of one!
The fourth book this month might also be in my top 3 for the entire year…
This was the most recommended book by you ladies last month, and I am SO GLAD that I read it! This novel is gripping. I don’t know how you start this one and ever put it down (I sure didn’t!!). This is the story about a 10 year old boy who boards a commercial flight with his family…and then becomes the soul survivor of their plane crash. That’s how the story starts. How it unfolds? Well, I thought that part was brilliant. It moves forward both sharing his story of the years to follow along with (in alternating chapters) reflecting back about the lives of the other passengers on board. It’s hard to really explain this book except to say, it reminds you that life is often intertwined with other people in ways you might never truly understand…and how you always take bits of people with you after you meet them. I read and read and kept putting myself in his position. In the other passenger’s position. In his family’s position. It’s thought-provoking, gut-wrenching, raw, and hopeful. Every page was filled with so many emotions…but at the same time, not really sad/depressing, just emotional. This is an excellent novel. It’s about moving on, remembering, learning, growing and letting go. Oh…and one of the main characters name is Shay 😉 . Read it.
Whoa! That was August!
Now, don’t forget…
…you can catch Kensington’s Summer Reading List too!
Plus, I will do an updated version for 2020, but you can also check out and bookmark…
…my FALL READING LIST for your next cozy fall book!
From here, if you do not want to see any spoilers about the first two books, click off and come back Monday. If you want to read spoilers/participate in our book club discussion, that’s happening below in the comment section. If you want to comment on the last three books, that’s happening too (with no spoilers!).
One last thing, WHAT ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW? I’d love new ideas please!!!
Happy Book Day!! I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday! xo