Long time, no talk, friends! It’s been a hot minute, or two weeks rather, since my last post, but I’m back! Sorry for the random absence! I wish I had super exciting reason to give to explain, other than I got a little lazy and didn’t feel like writing *insert shrug face emoji here*. I feel pretty bad since two of my July goals involved specific posts, but hey that’s nothing I can’t do in August! In the meantime, I finally have some recent reads to share! I went ahead and combined that past two months together for one post since I didn’t enough books to merit a separate post for each month. You are welcome for this ultra exciting two-for-one special.
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
So fun facts to know and share about me, I minored in Italian in college! I still have yet to go to Italy, and now five years removed from college I have forgotten most if not everything I have learned, but you better believe I’m not changing channels if I happen upon a Rick Steve’s Italy episode (Side note: On another day we are all going to have to sit down and talk about how and why he named his series “Europe Through The Back Door”). I’m beginning to stray from my point here, but what I am getting at is that I still love learning and reading about Italy. When I happened upon a YA novel with super cute cover art that also just happened to be set in Italy, AND the main character is an avid runner, I knew I was in for a treat. The main character, Lena, is in the throes of grief after the passing of her mother, and the reveal of the whereabouts of her estranged biological father, and is forced into establishing a relationship with him in Italy (where he lives) per her mother’s dying request. While the subject matter is technically a little heavy, the read itself was pretty light and fun. I honestly could have done without the love story (which I realize would just make the book ‘& Gelato’) and would have happily read about Lena’s Italian adventures, but it was a cute story nonetheless.
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert
After finishing Love & Gelato, I was in the market for a new book that wasn’t YA, but was still on the breezy summertime/beach read genre. I picked up this one after scouring through Goodreads and Amazon recommendations and really enjoyed it! Following Sanna, local Wisconsin girl, and her father, on their apple farm, the story weaves between the family’s struggle to keep the farm afloat, and a romance between Sanna and man passing through town with his son (and a SECRET. DUN DUN DUN!). It was a fun read, but to be honest it mostly just made me crave apples.
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
If this book isn’t made into a movie in the next five years I am going to budget it myself and make it happen, because this story deserves to be on screen. Forever a sucker for complicated family dynamics (always made better when the family is stupid rich), I had been eyeing this book for the longest time, and then finally found it in a Half Price Books and hit the jackpot (well, for half price at least). Melody, Beatrice, Jack and Leo comprise the Plumbs, New York native siblings that are more or less tied together by a dangling trust fund rather than DNA. The siblings, all grown adults, are in a grasp’s reach of obtaining their inheritance when suddenly a shocking and violent accident rips by the hands of their problematic brother, Leo, rips it away from them. Their relationships are complicated, challenging, and strangely relatable at times. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I’ve already cast the movie adaptation in my head so let’s get this going.
What books have you read this summer? Any recommendations?!