June was a less productive reading month than the past few, but I still enjoyed several audiobooks during our move — they are great company while packing and unpacking!
First, I listened to Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and it was incredible in that totally-lives-up-to-the-hype kind of way. I didn’t know much about the story before starting — I just knew I’d seen the cover everywhere — and I was instantly hooked. I loved Ng’s way of weaving stories of motherhood together. So beautiful. (Note: Amazon currently has the hardback several dollars cheaper than the paperback, so if you’re thinking about buying this one, take advantage of that!)
I spent most of our move listening to Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife. I love the movie and have always intended to get around to the book. I realized that while packing, I wanted a somewhat familiar story I could track with, and this was the perfect choice. I love her writing style and really enjoyed listening to scenes that weren’t able to make it into the movie (even though this was a looooooong audiobook). It was also really fun to have narrators change between Clare and Henry. And, of course, I bawled like a baby for most of the final third because everyone knows what’s coming and whew. (Note: Another hardback that is cheaper than paperback at Amazon right now!)
After all the tears from Book #2 and during my overwhelming frustration over family separations at the border, I decided I needed a good laugh. I was pleasantly surprised a few years ago with how much I enjoyed Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (see May’s read feed), so I thought I’d give Amy Poehler’s Yes Please a go. The best word I can use to describe it is meh. It was fine, I got through it, and I wish it was better. I didn’t really experience the catharsis I was looking for, and that’s okay. My other two books for the month were incredible and made up for the lack of fun.
I also re-listened to Shauna Niequist’s Present Over Perfect last week during my commute when I wasn’t sure what I wanted to read and still needed a bit of a pick-me-up. I’m not counting this in my book number since I also read it in January, and this is my 4th time reading it. But it did help me shift my perspective back into a better place, and I’m thankful for that. It’s basically my #1 book recommendation to anyone who asks, so I’m always happy to link it. (Note: This hardback is two cents less than the paperback at the moment. Not a huge savings, but I’m a sucker for hardbacks so if you’ve been waiting to read this book, blame me and grab it now!)
Now I’m five days into July and through one audiobook and almost done with a paperback, so I’m full speed ahead on my 2018 goal! What are you reading this summer? I’d love your recommendations!