Not only is Simba gonna roar again in a few weeks, I finally felt some real book love last month. And not grading on a curve love, because I’m desperate to love a book, but real love–Jody Watley style. Points if you know who Jody Watley is. And boo to you if you’re too dang young to know and think I’m an old coot now. Oh, spoiler alert: I am an old coot. I saw the original, animated Lion King when I was in high school and own the movie on VHS.
The All Love Month
Yup, this was an ALL LOVE month! Sure, sure, I only read two books but loved both of them. More importantly, though, I’ve decided to stop fussing over how many books I read or don’t read a month. This made-up pressure to read X amount is partially why reading lost some luster. It’s cool to read one book a month or 20, Tanya. It’s all good, either way.
The Books I Loved this Month
Oh yeah, baby. That’s the spot. With your excellent characters and tight plotting. I love you soooooooo much. TMI? #SorryNotSorry
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Book Description: False Memory Syndrome—which leaves its victims with memories of a life they never lived–could unmake the world if the power to wield it falls into the wrong hands.
Book Review: Wow. I was a big fan of The Wayward Pines trilogy and Dark Matter and with Recursion, Crouch does it again. It’s weird, engrossing and thought-provoking. You need to pay attention to the dates, which I didn’t initially do, otherwise it can get pretty head-twisty. Book Five was a little repetitive, although I understand why he structured it that way, I’m just impatient. Also, those who read this will understand why I’m slightly freaked out–I swear it’s Bearstein. I read and reread those books as a child. It’s Bearstein. Period. Or not. I don’t know. OMG, I might have FMS.
“That’s what it is to be human–the beauty and the pain, each meaningless without each other.” Wow. That’s a truth that hit me in the gut.
To Read or Not To Read: Yup. Absolutely. You should. Or maybe you already have … dum, dum, duuuuuuuum.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Book Description: Emoni Santiago wants to do right by her baby girl and college seems like the smart choice but exploring her talents in the kitchen is where she’s the happiest.
Book Review: So here’s the thing: this is a quiet book. It’s not a murdery book or a book about a chosen one (no shade given, you know I’m HP fan for life) or a book full of WTF moments. It’s quiet. It’s a teenage Mom navigating the end of high school, trying to figure out what’s next for her and best for her baby girl. She’s not here to save the world or battle evil but just trying to find her path and live authentically. Something, I hope, we all aim for ourselves.
“And sometimes focusing on what you can control is the only way to lessen the pang in your chest when you think about the things you can’t.”
To Read or Not To Read: Yes. Not much happens and so much happens. This is YA but there is no love triangle (thank God) or overabundance of teen angst.
TL;DR: What I Recommend
Recursion is a definite recommend, although it’s not for everyone. It’s a little sci-fi (although not headache inducing for those who aren’t into all things sciency), yet still accessible for everyone. I recommend With the Fire on High to those who want a more character-driven (who is also a PoC) read, without necessarily a ton of fireworks. Also it made me super hungry for Puerto Rican food.
To More Great BooksJuly is my birthday month so my plan is to read books that I’ve been putting off reading but really, really want to read and feel very strongly that I’ll love them. In other words, ideally (and hopefully) all love books. Fingers crossed my assumptions are correct! ? As usual, I’m joining Jana and Steph for their awesome Show Us Your Books link-up. Be sure to visit and see what everyone is reading.
Any recommendations as to what book I might love as a birthday book? What was your favorite book you read last month?