What I'm Reading: Summer Edition
Time for another update of what I’ve been reading this year! Can’t believe half the year has flown by…As mentioned before, I started a Goodreads challenge this year of 2 books a month. I finished my 12th book in June, putting me right on track! I’ve loved reading for pleasure this year and this summer especially. As a college student paying her way, I’m cracking down on spending money this summer in order to save up for my last year of undergrad (yikes). Reading has allowed me to go on so many adventures of my own and I’m so grateful that I have this opportunity to begin with.
So, here’s what I’ve read the last three months (April-June)!
Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
I really wanted to love this one, but honestly it kind of missed the mark for me. This is a very contemporary fiction novel inspired by old fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel that featured beautiful language and imagery, but the plot was so hard for me to follow… Whenever I tried explaining this book to somebody, it was like trying to recall everything you could from a dream- all just a bit fuzzy.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
This will probably be one of my favorite books of the year. I wrote an entire post here about my thoughts on this book specifically, and even wrote on how I’m changing some of my own habits! This writer has such a way of engaging his readers- there was an entire chapter where he talks about football and I was still hooked onto every word. This is a must read!!
Braving The Wilderness by Brené Brown
Another must read. After watching Brené Brown’s special on Netflix I instantly checked out one of her books from the local library- this was the only one available! All the others had dozens of people on the waiting list. Honestly I think everyone should read some of Brown’s work at some point. This book discusses vulnerability, courage, finding true belonging, and stepping out of your comfort zone. I wish I would’ve read this in high school. Can’t wait to read more of her work.
Educated by Tara Westover
This one is a New York Times #1 Bestseller, so how could it be bad? I loved this book and was so glad to finally read it. It is such an incredible and inspiring story. Its non-fiction, but sometimes I would think to myself that there was no way this was real. Ask around and borrow a copy from a friend because I feel like everyone has read this book now!
Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
This was my first audiobook experience! This book was recommended to me through a Goodreads email- apparently the author is a famous ‘booktuber’ on Youtube. I thought it was a clever idea, but a little cheesy! It was like a typical high school fiction novel, but the main girl was a college junior and we had a lot in common which was a bit eerie. Overall liked the audiobook! I’ve been treating them like podcasts, so it played when I was driving around, working at home, at the gym, etc. It helped me feel like I got my reading time in even when I couldn’t be sitting and looking at a physical book.
Long Live The Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden
This has been on my reading list forever and I finally got it at the library!! Such an interesting and cool memoir. Never would’ve found this had it not been for a recommendation, since I’m not familiar with the author, but check it out! It covers her troubled upbringing, from parents struggling with addiction (and famous uncle Steve Madden and other relatives getting involved in the Jordan Belfort scandal) to the overall struggles of being a half-white-half-Chinese/Hawaiian jewish queer woman raised in Boca Raton, Florida. This memoir has so many twists and turns I had to go wake up my mom one night to tell her all about it.
So that’s that! Overall I read a lot of fiction the first quarter of the year and wanted to expand not only into some non-fiction (realizing 2 of these were memoirs!), but also make sure I was incorporating POC authors into the mix! I’m reading so many incredible new books right now that I can’t wait to share in my next post. To follow along as I’m reading them you can check out my Instagram @laurenjgomez.
Have you read anything that you’ve LOVED? Let me know! I’m always adding to my list! And if you’ve read any of the books above, let me know what you think! I’m always looking to chat about my own good reads.