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Reading Lately: July Book Review

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss

This year has been the year of reading for me. My goal for the year is 36 books and I have already reached my goal! Today I am reviewing 5 of my 2018 reads.

So far, I have read the following titles (absolute favorites in bold): The Old Man and the Sea  /  And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer  /  The Hate U Give  /  Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine  /  The Last Mrs. Parrish  /  Everything Everything  /  Stay with Me  /  Dear Madam President  /  The Ostrich and Other Lost Things  /  The Twelve Tribes of Hattie  /  Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life  /  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  /  The Last Lecture  /  History of Wolves  /  The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People  /  Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk  /  Destination: Simple – Rituals and Rhythms for a Simpler Daily Life  /  We Should All Be Feminists  /  Tuesdays with Morrie  /  The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well  /  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo  /  The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up  /  Creative Confidence  /  What Now?  /  Where’d You Go, Bernadette  /  Make Good Art  /  They Both Die At The End  /  Today Will Be Different  /  Into The Water  /  The Rosie Project  /  A Simplified Life  /  Anniliation  /  The Mothers  /  Sing, Unburied, Sing  /  Turtles All The Way Down  /  Imagine: How Creativity Works  /  Exit West

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Reading Lately: July Book Review

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
Fredrick Backman  

(5/5) I L.O.V.E.D this short story (only 78 pages) and highly recommend reading it. It is about a grandfather, who is developing Alzheimer’s, as he tries to figure out how to say goodbye to his grandson before he forgets him. It is heartwarming and truly a gem of a story. I felt all. of. the. feels. and connected with each individual characters. 100% a must-read.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Gail Honeymoon 

(3/5) This book was high on my list because of the raving reviews, so I was really disappointed that I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. The main character is either one you will fall in love with, or, like me, one that you just can not connect with. The storyline is intriguing and kept my interest for the most part, but overall, I was just waiting to get to the end.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk 
Kathleen Rooney

(2/5) To be honest, I chose this book because I liked the cover. But, that is pretty much where the enjoyment stopped for me. If you enjoy plot-driven novels, I wouldn’t recommend this read. The story follows the life of Lillian Boxfish, as she takes a walk through her neighboorhood on New Years. It often flashbacks to other times in her life, so you get a well-rounded image of Lillian. The story is insightful and witty, but I really struggled with the lack of storyline.

Creative Confidence
Tom Kelley

(3/5) This is a non-fiction pick, written by the founder of IDEO. As a graphic designer, I often read books about creativity and this one was recommended to me by a friend. This book goes through several stories from IDEA to illustrate how to use your creative potential to solve problems both in your career and personal lives. It will help you be more productive, think differently and be more successful. It was a long read and took me a while to get through, but I did enjoy each of the stories and how they could be applied to my life.

They Both Die at the End
Adam Silvera

(2/5) This is another YA novel that I really wanted to love, but it just fell short for me. The premise is that a business, Death-Cast, calls you the day you are going to die, to let you know it is your last day to live. The story is about two young boys, who meet up on their final day, and experience several things they have always wanted to do. I loved the plot and found it very intriguing, however, the writing and the way the story played out, just didn’t work for me. I would still recommed this book, because I am sure some will absolutly love it. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Nicole
    July 18, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I always look forward to your lists, I’m forever trying to figure out what to read next. Thank you!!! <3

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      July 23, 2018 at 3:04 am

      So glad that you enjoy them! I love seeing what other people are reading as well.

  • Reply
    emily
    July 18, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    I’ve been itching for a new book to read! I’ll have to check these out, thank you!

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      July 23, 2018 at 3:05 am

      Let me know which one you choose!

  • Reply
    Jamie
    July 19, 2018 at 3:32 am

    Ooooh I love having more books to put on my reading list. Some of these sound like keepers. That’s a bummer on Eleanor- that was one I was looking forward to reading too!

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      July 23, 2018 at 3:05 am

      Yes, I was really disappointed with that one, after hearing so many good things about it. But you still may love it!

  • Reply
    Natalie Rose
    July 19, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Fab post. I love reading it helps me escape from the world for a few hours. Thanks for the recommendations

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      July 23, 2018 at 3:06 am

      Reading is my go-to for relaxing! Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for checking it out.

  • Reply
    Whitney Kutch
    July 19, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    I LOVE The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I feel like I use the tips from that book all the time! I’ll definitely check out the others, too.

    • Reply
      elizabethmae
      July 23, 2018 at 3:06 am

      That was a good one! Hope you enjoy my other recommendations.

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