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Books from Quarter 3 of the Never-ending Year (July-September 2020)

I will explain my vast absence soon but here’s a Cliff’s Notes version: I changed jobs and went back to working from home. We bought a house, we moved, we sold our condo. I share this now to say that I still read books, but not at my same vigor. Without further ado, reads for third quarter of 2020 (WHY ISN’T THIS YEAR OVER YET.):

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Remember libraries?

26. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, Josie Silver (contemporary romance, fiction): A different take on romance than the typical “I like him but x keeps us apart, oh there’s only 40 pages left so now x is out of the way, yay love!) I really enjoyed this story because I can relate to the ‘only in dreams’ scenario all too well (not like currently folks, past me. But can’t we all in some respect?).  A

27. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng (contemporary fiction): This book has been on my list for a while, but was hard to get from the library due to its’ growing success and the Hulu miniseries that released (this year? I think? What is time.)  and I totally understand why! There are several intersections of how being a mom, being ‘perfect’, and following rules can clash in monumental ways.  I watched the miniseries and was happy with it, too. A

28. So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oiuo (nonfiction): Ouio doesn’t mince words in this book, and I appreciated the straightforward approach she takes. I carried away a great deal from this book! One poignant piece for me was a reminder that we can never truly understand what it’s like to be another person and why we have to continually listen and fight our brain’s desire to say, “ no we got this…no we can assimilate this to…” in order to create true systemic change. A

29. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, Samantha Irby (essays): Irby is hilarious in the way I appreciate most-taking trauma and making it funny. Okay so if you didn’t grow up swimming in ACEs you may not have that type of humor chip implanted into your brain but I sure do. I love her work!! A

30. The Funny Thing Is… Ellen DeGeneres (essays): So this spring Ellen came under a lot of heat for perhaps not being the uber kind and Best Human Ever that we all thought. So I guess that’s why I decided to read her book when it was recommended on-line to me? And…. 😐 To be fair, I guess, this book was published in 2003. And she has had a newer book since then.  This wasn’t my cup of tea, and I sure hope Ellen has reckoned with the backlash that came out earlier this year and learned from it-but regardless I do not recommend this book if you’re looking for some humor in life. D

31, Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid (fiction): I want more books like this! I fully enjoyed the plot and the twist and that it didn’t end in a typical way, yes; but I also love how to pointed out so many microaggressions that white people unintentionally commit. If  you ever read this book and want to discuss, please let me know! Definitely one I recommend.  A+

32. The Unhoneymooners, Christina Lauren (fiction): Well, I liked that Lauren tried to diversify her characters? A little? It’s a fine book, it has a cute twist, if it were turned into a movie I’d watch it. B-

33.  Meaty, Samantha Irby (essays): Go back to #29 and read those remarks because same applies here. Irby started (I think) as a blogger, and you can check out some of her work by following this link. (Side note: I did not read her books in order that they were published.  If you’re a very ordered person they go: Meaty, We are Never Meeting in Real Life, and then Wow, No Thank You.) A

34. The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah (historical fiction) I loved The Nightingale so I was not surprised by how enthralled I was with this book in the slightest. It was a fitting book to read as we headed into Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) and was just beautifully crafted to tell the tale of a young family’s fight to survive each other, and Alaska.  A+

16 to go 😐 Let’s see what I can get through in the last quarter! What are you reading? Anything spellbinding?

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