Summer Wrap Up
Saying this summer was busy is an understatement. We attended seven weddings, went on a ten-day trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco for my thirtieth birthday, Whistler for a girls trip, Los Angeles again for a bachelorette, climbed many-a-mountains, and in-between worked on a graduate degree. I crossed off a number of ‘bucket list items’: Alcatraz Island tour, Full House House, Golden Gate Bridge, Universal Studios as an adult, Santa Monica Pier, LA Dodgers Game, Nobu Malibu, and the Malibu Wine Safari. Unfortunately, I did not get around to reading as many books as I would have liked. I had a massive TBR pile in my living room, and as I look at it now, I wish I hadn’t traded extra hours on my patio with a latte for extra sleep. At the beginning of the year I set a reading challenge on Goodreads to read 60 books this year. I love using Goodreads to track my progress, shelve books I want to read, and read reviews. I was hoping to make a solid dent in that pile in August, but at least I’m still on track. The goal is to read, on average, 5 books a month.
If I had to choose my favourite books this summer, hands down it would be:
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Another book I thoroughly enjoyed was He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly. Extremely slow start (and I can’t emphasize this enough), but if you can get through this, the last quarter of the book is worth every detail and slow build up. A few of the girls in book club are reading this right now and loving it.
September is here, which means I am back to school, thrown back in the current which is my masters, and saying adios to 6:30 am coffee on the patio. However, I am very excited to be working with Book Sparks this fall as a Resident Advisor during their Fall University Senior Year reading challenge. I can’t wait for their September selections!
My September TBR pile includes:
Are you Sleeping by Kathleen Barber
Final Girls by Riley Sager
The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
Photographing books, one day at a time.