July Book Haul

Friday, 31 July 2020

I haven't bought a tonne of books this month, mainly because I got myself into a bit of a reading slump for the most of this month. In fact, it's only been this past week or so that I've gotten myself out of it and have enjoyed reading again. Naturally, when I don't feel like reading, I don't feel like buying books either, so this post is going to be short and I debated even posting it because there really isn't much to chat about but I figured I still wanted to post this just for the sake of keeping track of what I've been buying.

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
This is a book I'd seen Lizzy Hadfield talk about in one of her recent vlogs and honestly, that woman has become my go-to for book recommendations lately. This is again a non-fiction, but a lot of the reviews I've read have stated that it doesn't read like a non-fiction and some people were even surprised that the stories are real! I think this book is either going to be a love-it-or-hate-it book but I have a funny feeling I'm going to love it (I'm just nosey like that). Here's what the book is about;

"A riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting. In suburban Indiana we meet Lina, a homemaker and mother of two whose marriage, after a decade, has lost its passion. Starved for affection, Lina battles daily panic attacks and, after reconnecting with an old flame through social media, embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming. In North Dakota we meet Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student who allegedly has a clandestine physical relationship with her handsome, married English teacher; the ensuing criminal trial will turn their quiet community upside down. Finally, in an exclusive enclave of the Northeast, we meet Sloane—a gorgeous, successful, and refined restaurant owner—who is happily married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women. Based on years of immersive reporting and told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, Three Women is both a feat of journalism and a triumph of storytelling, brimming with nuance and empathy. “A work of deep observation, long conversations, and a kind of journalistic alchemy” (Kate Tuttle, NPR), Three Women introduces us to three unforgettable women—and one remarkable writer—whose experiences remind us that we are not alone."

Women Don't Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
This book is so ridiculously amazing and I'd seen it float about bookstagram for a while and I just had to pick it up. I'm trying to build up my collection of non-fiction books as I'm seriously lacking in that genre, so I figured it would be perfect to add to what little non-fiction book collection I have. I've had a quick flick through and the illustrations are so fun and the whole book is just bright and makes me smile! Here's what the book is about;

"WOMEN DON'T OWE YOU PRETTY will tell you to...
love sex, hate sexism,
protect your goddamn energy,
life is short, dump them,
And that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty.

Florence's debut book will explore all progressive corners of the feminist conversation; from insecurity projection and refusing to find comfort in other women's flaws, to deciding whether to date or dump them, all the way through to unpacking the male gaze and how it shapes our identity. WOMEN DON'T OWE YOU PRETTY is an accessible leap into feminism, for people at all stages of their journey who are seeking to reshape and transform the way they view themselves. In a world that tells women we're either not enough or too much, it's time we stop directing our anger and insecurities onto ourselves, and start fighting back to re-shape the toxic structures of our patriarchal society. Florence's book will help you to tackle and challenge the limiting narrative you have been bombarded with your whole life, and determine feminism on your own terms. After all, you are the love of your own life."

Queen Bee by Jane Fallon
I've read two of Jane Fallon's books this year but own them all, so when I saw she released a new one, I had to add it to my collection. One thing that does annoy me about this book though, is that it doesn't blend in well with my other Jane Fallon books, which are all white and beige (which is oh so aesthetically pleasing) and this one is... blue. I haven't actually read up on it too much if I'm being completely honest, but here's what the book is about;

"Welcome to The Close - a beautiful street of mansions, where gorgeous Stella is the indisputable Queen Bee... It is here that Laura, seeking peace and privacy after her marriage falls apart, rents a tiny studio. Unfortunately, her arrival upsets suspicious Stella - who fears Laura has designs on her fiancé, Al. When Laura stumbles on the big secret Al is hiding, suddenly Stella's perfectly controlled world, not to mention Laura's future, are threatened. Taking a chance on beating Al at his own twisted game, these two former strangers are fast becoming best friends. But has Laura forgotten that revenge never comes without a sting in the tail?"

My One True North by Millie Johnson
I own all of Milly Johnson's books but have admittedly not read any yet (which is crazy) but I saw her new book in Tesco for £3.50 and had to pick it up to complete the collection! Just like the book above, the spine on this book is blue when all her other books are white (which is slightly annoying) but I love the illustrations on the cover of her books!

"Laurie and Pete should never have met. But life has a different idea. Six months ago, on the same night, Laurie and Pete both lost their partners. Overwhelmed by their grief, they join the same counselling group…and change their lives forever. From their profound sadness, Pete and Laurie begin to find happiness and healing. Except, the more they get to know one another, the more Laurie begins to spot the strange parallels in their stories. Then Pete discovers a truth that changes everything—one which threatens to reverse everything they’ve worked towards. But, as surely as a compass points north, some people cannot be kept apart."

Summer at Rachel's Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts
This is the third book in the Pudding Pantry series and I own the other two books but have only read the first one, but, if you can't tell yet, I have a really unhealthy habit of needing to complete series and collections!

"The sun is shining as Rachel and her gorgeous beau, Tom, prepare to tie the knot at Primrose Farm. It takes a village to pull off the perfect country wedding and Rachel couldn’t be more grateful for her friends and family as they roll out the haybales and string up the bunting – all she needs to do is focus on her Happy Ever After. But no wedding is without drama. A face from the past is looking to stir up trouble in the village and there’s a secret following Rachel all the way up the aisle... With old friends, new promises and a little borrowed time, will Rachel get the wedding of her dreams?"

What books have you been buying this month?

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