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July in Review

By Anovelsource @thenovellife
july in review

July was another slow reading month and a very busy family month! My sweetheart ended up traveling almost the entire month, so I spent all that time with my kids and grandsons. When I’m chasing two little ones around not much reading gets accomplished, at all! But every second is worth it! Plus, my college daughter came and stayed with me which is always great. She catches me up on all the Netflix shows and we talk about international affairs {her major}, and books, lots of book talk!

What I Read

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante {translated by Ann Goldstein}

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Lianne Moriarty

Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright

Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger

On the Blog

  • Let’s Talk State of Wonder
  • Spotlight Tour: The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt
  • How to DIY MFA
  • On Women’s Rights with Author Juliette Fay
  • June in Review

Looking Forward to Reading in August

There is a Harvard Ed MOOC coming up about understanding modern China through its’ literature. Both my girls studied Chinese in high school, and my sweetheart’s new job takes him to China as well. With all that, my girls and I have decided to do a read-along of the 5 books to be discussed in the MOOC. The lineup of instructors is a who’s who of Chinese award-winning authors, including Nobel Prize winner, Mo Yan. Although we are not joining the MOOC, we are reading the books. We’d love for you to join us! The first selection is China in Ten Words by Yu Hua. We will be discussing it on September 12th! Let me know if you’re interested!

I’ve also got the new Jodi Picoult novel queued up to read next: Small Great Things. The synopsis of this book is most relevant to the racial tensions of today. Her last novel, Leaving Time, is my favorite of all her books. I haven’t ventured into her YA books written with her daughter yet ~ have you?

Last, but not least, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Oprah’s Book Club pick for August and a novel most relevant as well.

How was your July? What are you looking forward to in August?

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