What I Read in… July


I’ve been majorly slacking on posting, but I wanted to get my July reads up before it already turned into the end of August! I was away for two weeks in August for both work and vacation and I had both blogging and reading suffer because of my travels! But I finished up six books in the month – half of which were non-fiction.

In July I read:

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The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman. I found The 5 Love Languages really intriguing! Weeks later I am still trying to figure out which of the five are my love languages. I think I’ve narrowed it down to Acts of Service, and to Physical Touch. I have had some discussion with Dave about them but I want him to either read the book on his own or take the test to figure out his love languages. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. This book has been sitting on my literal bookshelf for months. My mom passed it onto me after she read it but for whatever reason, I never picked it up. Now that I have a big pile of books to go through on top of what’s on my Kindle, I figured I’d start with this one. And it was so good! The novel is told in the style of a single narrative by Changez, a Pakistani man speaking to an unnamed tourist. He weaves a tale of how he was educated at Princeton, wooed by a top tier New York firm and in love with a damaged girl. Soon Changez’s story starts to turn a little sinister after he describes the tragedy of 9/11 and both his own reaction to it as well as the reaction of those around him to both the devastation, and to his Pakistani background. I was kept enraptured until the end – and there’s a great twist! Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse. At first, The Idea of You starts out like it will be a generic, British chick lit novel but it wound up surprising me and became a poignant story about motherhood. Lucy has finally met the man of her dreams and has a great marriage and a great job, but she wants a baby. As she and her husband are trying, her 16-year-old step daughter comes to spend the summer with them and Lucy is thrown for a loop at her first turn as a “mother”. I really enjoyed how the relationships in the book matured and progressed and how while there was a nice ending, it wasn’t an ending that was wrapped up in a neat little bow, resolving every little issue in the end. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. I got into the Freakonomics podcast due to Dave and later realized he had the book sitting in our bookcase (probably for years.) Finally picked it up to read and I really enjoyed it! It’s interesting how Steven and Stephen tie things together that you wouldn’t normally think were related, like how the legalization of abortion affected the rate of violent crimes. Super interesting and fun to read. I think the title daunted me for years, but it’s totally written in layman’s terms, making it easy for the everyday person to understand (aka ME!) Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

The Gender Agenda: A First-Hand Account of How Girls and Boys Are Treated Differently by James Millar. I’m always interested in gender and how it is portrayed in the media, how toys and clothes are marketed differently based on gender and now even more about transgender issues. It’s a topic Dave and I discuss frequently and we always want to make sure that Sadie isn’t boxed in by something being for “boys” or for “girls” only. She is a girl that plays equally with toys marketed to both genders and we try to reinforce that behavior in talks with her as well. The Gender Agenda started off as a Twitter feed from two parents that was filled with quotes or actions that they received or noticed about their children and gender. Their Twitter blew up and they started a blog, wrote this book, etc. It was certainly eye opening – I realized that even though I may talk the talk in how I’d like Sadie to perceive gender there were still actions I was practicing that made me sit back and think, oh geez, I totally did that! Great read. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Against a Crimson Sky (The Poland Trilogy, # 2) by James Conroyd Martin. I read Push Not the River last year and just now picked up the second book out of the trilogy to read. It was hard remembering all of the characters at first but then it slowly came together. I found this book almost as thrilling as the first, and can’t wait to read the final installment. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Honorable Mentions (aka books I couldn’t finish):

The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable. This was a book about returning to family, dealing with an eccentric mother, and some other crap, but it honestly bored me from the beginning and I let it go after only a chapter or two.

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  1. I pink puffy heart Freakonomics, I think it makes such a daunting idea (ECON!?) super relatable (Hi, Econ major here). Adding a few more to my list!

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  2. I’ve always been daunted by Freakonomics, too, & I haaaate economics (only class I ever got a D in!), so I’m not sure I could, like, do it. But this has me thinking that maybe I should try…
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    • I think you’ll like it! Trust me I was daunted by the book too and then I started listening to the podcast which I love, so I figured the book couldn’t be too far off from that!

  3. i am intrigued by ‘the idea of you’ – adding it to my list!
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  4. I am always looking forward to everyone’s book reports 🙂 Time to bookmark some new reads 😉


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