Guys! Sorry this post is so late, the past few weeks just seem to have completely gotten away from me. But I’m back now, and I’m really excited to tell you about the 5 books I managed to squeeze into July.
Since I’ve kept you waiting, I won’t ramble too long, let’s look at some stats…
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
+ Loved the representation of the Ganguli’s culture as a Bengali family in America
+ All of the amazing descriptions of Ashima’s food – made my mouth water
+ The paragraphs from Ashima’s perspective
– I found it was a really slow read, it took me over two weeks to complete.
– I would have liked a more fuller portrait of Gogol’s life, with less focus on his relationships
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
+ Loved Desi’s relationship with her father – beautiful family dynamic
+ Loved the innocence and chastity of Desi’s relationship with Luca
+ Really enjoyed Desi as a character, it reminded me of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before but with a more practical protagonist, not a dreamer
+ Ultimately liked the idea of the K-drama list – even though I didn’t think I would
— Some of the decisions Desi made seemed out of character, she was supposed to be a straight A student but some of her actions didn’t seem to have been thought the whole way through.
Down Among The Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
+ So thankful that McGuire simplified the scope of this novella, I always felt the first one tried to do too much in too little time
+ Really liked the discussion of gender roles and responsibilities – I feel like it was just as important as an adult to see what pushing children into certain roles can do.
+ I really enjoyed the world, it was a twist on the traditional vampire story that worked well for me
+ The writing really is very beautiful…
— … however it’s tendency towards the lyrical was a bit much for me – simple is always best.
The Egg and Other Stories by Andy Weir
+ I love Andy Weir’s protagonists – they always have so much spunk.
+ There’s so many twists and turns in this really little collection
+ Annie’s Day and the Real Deal are two of my favourite short stories I’ve ever read
+ He was able to pack a lot into a very short collection
— It was really strange that the last two stories were the worst – normally collections start and finish well, but this one peaked in the middle.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
+ Dimple as a protagonist – she’s so badass
+ The way Indian culture was represented without making them seem ostracised from the other American characters.
+ Just like in I Believe In A Thing Called Love, their relationship was so sweet and innocent I loved it
+ The non-judgemental treatment of the tradition behind arranged marriage
— The lack of resolution with Dimple’s mother, I really wanted to see a tender moment between those two
So, there we have it. I may not have read much this month, but most of the books I read I really enjoyed so I’m counting it as a win. How did you guys get on in July? Let me know in the comments below, I’m still looking for suggestions for my August TBR!