My Month in Books (#21)

Summertime is ALWAYS busy for me, and this year is no exception. I feel like I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cut off, but I’ve still managed to read some books, so let’s talk about that! ⬇️

Highlights from July: A quick, fun trip to Philadelphia to see my brother and sister-in-law’s new house; discovering the perfection that is Fleabag Season 2 and then spreading the word far and wide; rediscovering how much I love Jolly Ranchers; coming home from my last work trip to find my husband had tidied up the entire first floor of our house; the garden growing like a mofo.


Not highlights: Being too lazy to ever back up my hard drive, so that I lost a whole lot of files when my laptop died on the first day of Mercury Retrograde (including a handful of revisions on my book 🙇), even though this is the THIRD time I’ve experienced something like this and I should clearly know better by now…

But let's talk about some books, shall we?

July was a busy month, so the fact that I read more than one book is impressive to me. And they were good books. So that was fun.

A list of books I’m currently reading:

  • I just finished one the other day and haven’t gotten a chance to select my next read, yet, so nothing here…

A list of the book I finished reading:

  • The Alice Network. About badass lady spies in WWI and the aftermath of WWII (yes, I typed that correctly; it takes place in 1915 and 1947). Really well-written and very engaging. I also really appreciated the way the author talked about the psychological impact of war on those who fight.

  • Our Stop. This was a delightful rom-com with a fantastic and modern sensibility. I don’t know how to describe it other than to say that it’s totally worth giving it a go. Also, as of August 3, the Kindle version is only $1.99 on Amazon, so you have no excuse whatsoever.

  • I also read 1 1/2 health-related books. Which were good. And someday I’ll talk about what they are and what I recommend.

In other, unrelated news, my (old, gentle, sweet) golden retriever KILLED a raccoon this morning and came strolling out of the woods with it in her mouth like:


I am shook.

Sooooo, looking ahead, August is going to be crazy, too. Lots of family stuff going on, another log work trip, football practices for the little dude, and another month with a crazy workload (ugh).

But August is a month that always get me nostalgic. Five years ago, I started dating my now-husband. Four years ago, I took a HUGE leap of faith and moved hundreds of miles (and from a city to the country) to live with him and my now-stepson. Three years ago, I got married. I basically figure the current course of my life hinges on August being significant. Although, to be fair, I’d be totally fine to calmly pass the month in contemplation rather than have something significant happen. I mean, I’m a little tired right now…


Anyhow. I wish you all a fantastic month of reading! Tell me what you’re loving right now!