Above are the books that I wanted to get read in July. And most of them, I did. The ones not mentioned will either be read later or were returned to the library unread because we leave for Beijing so soon!
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas / I don't remember how I heard about this book. It took me a long time to get into. Really, I never felt that into it. But I got halfway through and figured I should keep going so I finished it. The thing that I liked about it though, is that it felt real. The characters were living real lives with real problems. It didn't seem too horrible to be true or too good to be true. The details and the emotions... written really well.
Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky / This one is an easy, quick read—good for an afternoon on a beach. Two friends, estranged for 10 years, reunited on an island, each with a secret. Nothing too in depth or intriguing; kind of predictable.
Before I Go by Colleen Oakley / It's about a woman diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time, but this time it's terminal. She spends the last months of her life trying to find a new wife for her husband. It wasn't earth-shatteringly good, but I liked it—maybe because it hits close to home for me, what with my mom having had breast cancer and being just a couple weeks from getting married myself.
The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes / Like the other books by Moyes I've recently read, I really liked this one. I didn't predict the ending (something I'm usually really good at), which is an extra thumbs-up. I didn't realize how many books Moyes has written and I'm looking forward to read them all!
The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton / I read this in 2011 but when I started to read the sequel, The Wednesday Daughters, and realized I didn't remember it very well, I decided to reread it. I loved it the first time, but I think I liked it even more the second time. I had a better—and more personal—understanding of subjects like breast cancer and interracial marriage and could connect with the characters more. Please read it and let me know what you think!
Wedding Vows and Traditions by Cathy Howes / Obviously this is not the kind of book you're going to sit down and read for fun. But T and I wanted some vow inspiration so we looked through this book and we ended up choosing traditional vows to read along with our own written vows and a vow to say when we exchanged rings. Plus, it was interesting to read so many different options.
What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey / I didn't read this in its entirety, but enjoyed picking it up and skimming it when I had just a few minutes of free time. It's the kind of book you could just have on hand for people to look through. A small coffee table book, I guess.
What have you read and loved lately?