Some New Favorite Recent Reads + July Reading Plans

I feel like I’ve read more in the last week than I have in a month of days, and it’s probably true. What is definitely true, is that I’ve read some VERY good books that I just NEED to gush about.

Each time I finish one of these books, I think, it was amazing! what can get better than that? And then I pick up the next book, and it’s just as good or even better? What is happening, how are so many authors so gifted??? confusion but very happy reading.

Also, yes, I’m including some of my July reading plans. because why write two posts when i can write a longer post with more books?okay, if felt like everyone on the internet was talking about this book. and I thought, it’s probably going to be really good! but how much will i feel about it??? Will I cry??? Is this going to be a new favorite????

Let me just say, I should have been MORE hyped! I Wish you All the Best is heartrending and incredibly good and should make you feel ALL the FEELS. i mean, you have to be a very cold-hearted human to not sob through a lot of this book. Or at least want to sob.

This story is about Ben, a non-binary teenager who decides to come out to their parents and is immediately kicked out. With no where else to go, Ben moves in with their sister and starts the spring semester at a new school. Ben starts to make new friends, starts going to therapy and delves into painting. 

Ben’s story isn’t easy to read, but I think it’s a very realistic good story to read. It’s messy and there are triggering moments. Ben works through panic attacks, and taking anxiety medications, and dealing with their manipulative parents while deciding whether to come out as non-binary to their new friends.

The author, Mason Deaver, is non-binary, and their own experience truly bleeds through the words on page. Mason talks about this book being the book of their heart, and a million rounds of applause for the courage and bravery to write this story.

Becky Albertalli blurbed this book, and she said that it will save lives, and YES! I Wish You All the Best will save lives.

Books like this are rare gems and deserve ALL the praise. Go read this beautiful, beautiful book.

Can I talk about a very fun book? Assassin’s Guide is hilarious at times, and has a intriguing story, and mixed in with all that, a very sweet love story. 

Now, even though this book is fun and I could hardly put it down, that doesn’t mean it’s easy reading. Trigger Warnings: Assassin’s Guide is set in Elizabethan England and features parental death and childhood loss. There’s descriptions of violence and bigotry. Not always lighthearted and sometimes graphic.

Katherine, aka Kit, is swept up into a plot to assassinate the Queen of England after father is ruthlessly murdered, just for being a practicing Catholic. While Kit is scheming to get revenge for her father, Toby is working on plans to capture the Queen’s assassins. 

Toby’s plans include a new sacrilegious Shakespeare play, but what he doesn’t expect to fall in love with his co-star. Kit needs to star in this play, just so she can get close enough to out a knife in the Queen’s heart. But the play’s the thing, and both Kit and Toby might get in more trouble than they bargained for.

 

So, you know I’m a sucker for historical novels. Especially when they’re accurate to the times and include diverse voices.

One thing I LOVED about this book is how it played with gender roles and expectations. Kit, a soft spoken teenager who dreams of romance, is the girl destined to be a killer. And Toby, a lanky nerd, is the one caught up in poetry and long not-so-buried feelings.

Part of the plot: Kit is cross-dressing MOST of the book because that’s how a girl gets a role in a Shakespeare play in Elizabethan England. Kit and Toby are working together and maybe kind of falling for each other? Toby’s feelings are complex and truthful to his sexuality, and I REALLY LIKE THAT.

I think I could gush about how lovely and fun this book is for a while, so just take all my advice and GO READ IT! 

oh my goodness, this book is incredibly lovely. Elizabeth Acevedo is such a talented author and her second book is succulent. Also, there’s recipes. RECIPES, i need to go do some cooking right now.

Emoni is trying to survive her senior year, while juggling taking care of her young daughter and her love for cooking. Emoni isn’t sure about college or ever talking to boys again. The only thing she is really sure of, is her cooking. In the kitchen, Emoni can imagine and create any flavor. So taking a culinary arts class might seem like the right choice. But is it the right choice for Emoni?

Oh, this book is really good! I really enjoyed the story, and I was caught up cheering for Emoni. I also really just want to try her cooking. Everything she makes sounds amazing.

I’ve very rarely seen teenage motherhood explored in a story. With the Fire on High takes on something society might scorn, and turns it into a beautiful story. Along the way, Emoni faces challenges from her baby daddy plus maybe a new guy she maybe might like?

Another aspect of this story, is the honest look at money and life. Emoni makes many decisions based on money. Her choices are practical, and she has to work hard for her dreams. I really, really liked how honest this book is. 

And before I stop gushing, I just need to mention that I loved all the Philly vibes from this story. I spent two summers in Philly and I lived in a neigbhorhood very similar to Emoni’s. Reading about Philly from Emoni’s view, and hearing all the references to Temple and SEPTA and the Eagles, it just made me happy and nostalgic for that vibrant city.

Now let’s talk about some reading plans for the rest of the month!

 

 

King of Fools

I’m 1/4th done!!! This book is 600 pages long. Basically the longest book I’ve read in a long time. But Enne can kill me with her lace gloves because I love this story and setting. Immediately sucked in.

Let Me Hear a Rhyme

So, i thought this book was a contemporary but it’s set in the 90s. and I quickly realized how much I’m NOT a 90’s kid as I started reading. I’m just very much a 2000’s gal. But i’ve read less than 50 pages of this book and definitely want to keep reading!

Going Off Script  & Black Wings Beating & Arch Enemies

I just requested these three books from the library! I wasn’t going to request more books from the library, but I’ve actually read almost all the books I currently have checked out. So I need more books!

100 Days of Sunlight

This is an ARC read that I must read soon! Because I’m interviewing the author, and I’d really like to read the book before the interview. Shocker, I know.

I’ve already read quite a bit this month, when i barely read anything for nearly six weeks. Really hoping this means I’m no longer in a reading slump. Because apparently if you don’t even pick up a book for an ENTIRE month that counts a reading slump. Who knew?

also bonus points to anyone who can guess who’s in the print in this picture on the left. yes, it’s kind of blurry but you can still guess, right?

lets chat

What have you been reading lately? Have you read any of the books I talked about today? If so, what did you think?

What’s on your TBR for July? How do you define a reading slump?

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9 Comments

  1. July 9, 2019 / 7:03 pm

    Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed IWYATB and With the Fire on High, Liz!! Those are two books I’m super excited to read and I have a feeling I’m going to really love them as well. And I hope you love Going Off Script — that book’s premises is truly one of the best out there and I can’t wait to read it as well! 💖

  2. July 10, 2019 / 2:00 pm

    Ahh, I can’t wait to read With The Fire on High, this book sounds so good (and looks absolutely stunning haha) I can’t wait to read it 🙂
    I hope you’ll love Going Off Script, I loved it SO much! <3
    Happy reading, Liz <3

  3. July 10, 2019 / 8:39 pm

    This was a lovely post! I really want to read a lot of the books you mentioned here. I Wish You All the Best and With the Fire on High look so good and this post got me even more excited to hopefully read them soon. <3

    Happy reading! I'm so glad your out of your book slump and here's to discovering even more new favorite reads this month.

  4. July 12, 2019 / 9:00 am

    I can’t wait to read I Wish You All the Best, I’m hearing such good things about it! Lovely post 🙂

  5. Molly's Book Nook
    July 13, 2019 / 4:42 pm

    I loved Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason! I just bough King of Fools and can’t wait to read it. For some reason it didn’t hit me that it is such a long book – even with the physical copy lol. I’ll have to plan for that one.

  6. July 15, 2019 / 12:45 pm

    Wasn’t With the Fire on High so good?? I did not realize Let Me Hear a Rhyme was a 90s book either until I started it. Ahhh, I don’t want to say I know you’re going to like it, but I’m pretty sure I know you’re going to like it. Have you read more of it so far?

  7. July 16, 2019 / 5:00 am

    I haven’t heard a lot of thoughts on An Assassin’s Guide, so I’m SO stoked to hear that you loved it! Now I’m way more eager to get my hands on it. I’m also so glad that everyone’s been loving With the Fire on High. Teen pregnancy is no joke, and I’d love to cheer the heroine on as well. 😊

    ❤ Aimee @ Aimee, Always

  8. July 21, 2019 / 8:36 pm

    I’ve never head of An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason, but boy does it sound good! I’m going to be on the look out for it the next time I’m at my library. Great reviews, Liz! <3

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