In the beginning of this year, I made the decision to get back into reading. I wanted to challenge and push myself to read 25 books. And now that it’s August, I’ve already reached my goal. I’ve been keeping up with what I’ve been reading here, but wanted to start doing a monthly recap! Check out what I read in July below, and add me on Goodreads!
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
In July, I gathered a few book recommendations from friends. I wanted to peek inside their favorite books, and I was lucky to enjoy some of their picks. This first one was recommended by my lovely friend Justin, and it did not disappoint. Invisible Monsters is about a former super model who gets into an accident that leads to her jaw being shot off. She’s used to being defined by her looks, and due to her recent mutilation, she finds herself invisible. Along the way, we meet a lot of crazy characters in her life, and throughout the entire book, you’ll always be unsure of what is real. If you like satire, weird shit, and just super crazy strange lit, Invisible Monsters is for you. I know everyone hypes up Fight Club, but I would highly recommend this Palahniuk novel. In addition to being HILARIOUS there are twists and turns that I would have never expected…which made the book all the more enjoyable. I love the quips about the society we live in and how much we think about beauty. The characters you will love and hate, and the story unravels in a mutilated, yet somehow perfect package. To give you a cheap summary would be an injustice. Just give this a try and you won’t be disappointed!
Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
This novel was another recommendation by my friend, Ali. Monsters of Templeton is mysterious, mystical, and down right hilarious. Willie Upton returns her hometown of Templeton with some secrets weighing heavy on her soul. She’s always wanted to leave Templeton, but recent life detours have brought her back. This novel spans centuries of time and explores Willie’s family and its ties to the town they founded. Willie finds herself digging through family history to reveal the mystery of her father and it will honestly take you on a whirlwind. I thoroughly enjoyed Monsters of Templeton! I thought it was funny and experimental. At times, I was confused by the certain in-between chapters that took place in different time periods. Other than that, I enjoyed Willie’s journey. The people in her life were all characters that you either loved or hated. And also realistic. The book had elements of science fiction as well, so that was an interesting addition. Overall, I’m gave it a 4.75 stars on Goodreads because the story had a ton of interesting layers, all which kept me intrigued. Would recommend!
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
I can’t say much else other than to READ this book. More beautiful than I could ever imagine. Read it in 3 sittings, engulfing Jacqueline Woodson’s magnetic prose. I was drawn to her childhood memories as if they were mine. And some of them were! My only issue is that I read it too quickly, shame on me. But I found it impossible to slow down. Five incredibly deserved stars. Though my measly little review does no justice and I’m ashamed I can’t say more. Just look into this piece of work and put it on your to read list, now!
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The cat is officially out of the bag. I try to keep this on the down low because I’m ashamed of myself, but I’ve actually never read the complete Harry Potter series.I KNOW. FORGIVE ME. I SHOULD BE SHUNNED. But I hope you’ll stay. I was only introduced to the Harry Potter world as a teenager, and only then was I drawn into the films. I’d only ever read the last book, and that’s because I went with a friend to the final book release. I engulfed Deathly Hallows within 24 hours, but I never went back to read them all. Until this past September, that is! In July, I finished the Goblet of Fire, and this film is the one I remembered the least. So reading through the 4th installment of the Greatest Series Ever Written, I was glued to every page. Obviously you don’t need a review of Harry Potter, but it was a great read as expected. And if you’re like me and haven’t fulfilled your duty as a Potterhead, sneak into your local library and get started. You’re missing out on some magical stuff.
And there you have it! I look forward to doing more of these with my monthly reading! What have you been reading this month? Let me know in the comments!