Over the past week, my allergies have kicked it into high gear. As a result, I’ve been spending a lot of time lying on the couch with my Kindle, tearing my way through my queue of e-galleys and library books.
While I’m starting to feel vaguely human again and may soon even venture outside, summer still equals time to read all the books. Here’s what I’ve been up to reading wise in this first full month of summer.
Inbox (Books Acquired)
This book explores how our culture views women in the spotlight, from Mary Wollstonecraft and Sylvia Plath to Britney Spears and Amanda Bynes. Why are we so obsessed with watching women “misbehave” and what does that even mean? As our access to celebrities’ (and one another’s) private lives grows, what does this idea of woman-as-trainwreck mean for women and for feminism? I really look forward to exploring Doyle’s take on these questions.
The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
Sign me up for basically all of the Jane Austen things all of the time! The Austen Escape follows Mary Davies, who usually lives a structured orderly life, but feels something is lacking. So when a friend offers her a two-week stay in Bath, she decides to go along in hopes of shaking up her life. Far more dram than she planned for ensues when her friend gets amnesia and thinks she actually lives in Regency-era Bath. This sounds like it’ll be just the fun, quirky read I’m looking for as a break from my grad school coursework. (Release date is November 7th, 2017).
Outbox (Books Finished)
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
If you’re a regular here at Book Riot, I’d be amazed if you haven’t heard about When Dimple Met Rishi. But just in case, let me recap: YA romantic comedy featuring two Indian-American teenagers whose parents have arranged for them to be married. There’s just one problem–only Rishi knows about this when they first meet-cute, while Dimple has no idea and no plans for getting married any time soon. This book is super adorable and really fleshes out both characters into well-rounded human beings with clear motivations and goals outside the love story.
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
This is the sequel to A Study in Charlotte, which I read and loved a few weeks back. The premise of this trilogy is that Dr. John Watson and Sherlock Holmes were real people whose descendants still hang onto the old stories. This story follows Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes over their winter holiday. Naturally, mysterious mysteries are afoot and Watson and Holmes set forth to solve them. I wanted to like this one as well as I did the first, but the sense of urgency around the mystery didn’t seem as strong. It also ends on a rather cruel cliff hanger that left me sending all caps texts to the friend who recommended it to me. I’m hoping the third book will round out the trilogy in a satisfying way.
In The Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kat French
This self described “summer sizzler” follows three friends who want to shake up their lives, each for a different reason. So naturally they buy the deed to a bed and breakfast on a small Greek island, because why not? What started as a holiday becomes their next business venture as the women take on the task of running the mysterious Villa Valentina. Romances and drama ensue as each woman tries to work out how to put the pieces of her life back together. I’m excited to dig into this one and pretend I’m on a Greek island myself. (Release date July 13th, 2017).
Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body. by Jessamyn Stanley
I love Jessamyn’s chill attitude towards yoga and making it accessible to people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Part memoir, part advice, and part how-to guide, this book walks you through why yoga really is a practice for everyone, even if the portrayals we see of it don’t make it look that way. Jessamyn shows readers that you don’t need a certain size body or a certain amount of cash in your wallet to carve out a home yoga practice. I’m looking forward to reading this book to expand my at home yoga practice.
That’s it for me! What’s in your inbox, outbox, and queue this week?