It’s our second Whatcha Reading of June! It’s been quite the month, hasn’t it? As you’ll see from the convo below, some of us are crushing our TBR, while others are in a bit of a slump.
What about you? Has it been a good reading month? Or are you in a dreaded slump, too?
Sarah: I’m reading/listening to a review copy of the audiobook for Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes, read by Julia Whelan. I read an early-early-early draft of this book well over two years ago, and really, really enjoyed it. I definitely remember thinking, “This right here is why I shouldn’t read manuscripts. I can’t talk to ANYONE about this book.” Reading the finished novel and recognizing some of the changes has been a complete freaking delight. I still love the dialogue and the storytelling inside, and I like how the structure creates room for grief, love, loss, and the really hard work of rebooting one’s life.
Aarya: I’m nervous to read that book.
I love, love Linda Holmes and have been a Pop Culture Happy Hour listener forever. I went to their Brooklyn live show and she was so nice in person. But all this just means that I’m nervous to read the book. Because what if I don’t like it?
Sarah: I think you’ll like it, Aarya. It’s kind people trying to do better for themselves and others, and making mistakes and trying again. There’s grief and humor all mixed together.
Aarya: I like Julia Whelan so I guess I’ll save a credit!!
Sarah: Oh, which one is this?
Aarya: False Step ( A ). It’s out in a few weeks but was made available early by amazon prime reads
It’s good, but not that same spark as Jane Doe. But that revenge storyline was irresistible to me.
Sarah: A good revenge story is SO satisfying sometimes, isn’t it?
Aarya: The other book I’m reading is A Lady’s Desire by Lily Maxton. I was in the mood for another f/f historical after loving Olivia Waite’s A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) and several people recommended this novella to recover from my book hangover.
Elyse: I don’t know what to read! I have a bunch of stuff on my TBR and I’m just kind of staring at it vacantly and overwhelmed.
Amanda: Hard same. I have to think about it because I’m feeling some major reading exhaustion.
Sarah: I wonder what causes or contributes to reading exhaustion. I have it sometimes, too. Like my brain is way too tired to construct the world I’m reading about.
Elyse: When I’m mentally tired I don’t want to make choices. My brain is like “eh, we’re done.” I don’t want to decide what to make for dinner, or wear to work, or read next.
Amanda: I’ve been busy with outside stuff lately – book clubs, attending a wedding, allergies – that I want to exert zero brain power.
Sarah: Amanda, what does your brain want to do?
Mine is really hoping to set some kind of blueberry record in Stardew Valley.
Amanda: Sleep, haha. I’ve been watching a lot of horror game play throughs on Twitch and YouTube.
Elyse: I’m with you on the sleeping
Sarah: To quote Mary Oliver, You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Amanda: I think I may take a small break from romance and read a couple others things that I’ve recently picked up. First is Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly. I flipped through this at my local bookstore and it was a no brainer to buy.
At my recent book group, someone brought up the The Rook by Daniel O’Malley ( A | K | G | AB | Au ) adaptation coming out and one of my very best friends loves the series. I have the first book and I think that might be great to start.
Elyse: Rich loved that book!
Amanda: I’m wary of books with female protagonists written by men, but I’ve heard nothing but good things and I know Carrie has enjoyed it. I trust her judgement.
Sarah: Why was it a no brainer to buy Rage Becomes Her?
Amanda: It discusses how powerful women’s anger can be on both a personal level and then on a larger societal level. I think part of my recent exhaustion is just feeling frustrated and well…angry and having no outlet for that.
Carrie: Rook was AMAZING.
Amanda: Will you watch the show, Carrie?
Carrie: I’m not planning to, although it looks well done.
How was your reading this June? Tell us in the comments below!
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