I really do enjoy the monthly installments of the free book magazine, Bookpage that is at every library I’ve ever been to. I love picking it up and learning about new books I otherwise wouldn’t have.
July 2020’s edition is based around mystery, thrillers, and horror which is always exciting to read about. Especially with the rise of True Crime podcasts and how big of followings those get.
So in my new monthly series, I’ve decided to write an overview of important news from Bookpage or books that caught my eye in it.
Book #1: An Almost Zero Waste Life by Megean Weldon
I have been really getting into the zero waste movement and sustainability in general the past several years. Although right now with everything that’s going on, it’s a little hard to maintain. But the important part is that we’re healthy and there’s a lot of bigger stuff that impacts the environment more. But I always appreciate a new take on it and so I’ll be looking for this book at the library soon.
Topic: The MeToo Movement
I appreciate that they included four books that each talk about aspects and stories of this. I believe that women still have a long ways to go and that we can do so much better to hold ourselves and people around us accountable.
In particular, I’ll be looking forward to She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey.
Audiobook: The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
I’ve been trying to get into audiobooks since I really enjoy podcasts. In particular, I’d love to explore more lighthearted stuff then what I normally read. I hope to get more into romance this year and that this couple bonds over a dog, it sounds like a great fit for me.
Genre: Crime: Hersey by Melissa Lenhardt
I love the idea of a women only gang terrorizing the Wild West. Although I’m not a particularly big fan of Westerns, I think this book sounds exciting and like something I’d rent from the library. Do you read Westerns?
Another Woman Led Book: These Women by Ivy Pochoda
I love the idea of a thriller about a serial killer where the women connected are the POV. After reading the inspiration behind it, I’m interested in checking it out from the library to see if it is indeed, thrilling.
I’m there for the dogs: Muzzled by David Rosenfelt
I love anything that involves dogs and this murder thriller mystery involving a dog rescue foundation sounds really exciting. As much as people love dogs, I’m surprised they don’t play bigger spotlights in books like they do in TV shows and movies. At least the books I usually read don’t have very many pets in them.
Going International: Miss Iceland by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
From what I know about Iceland, it sounds like a really great place to visit and one that is a bit more women equal than other parts of the world. But I also know that Iceland has a ways to go. I think this book will be great to learn more about Icelandic culture and a great fiction to enjoy.
Nonfiction: This is Major by Shayla Lawson
This book explores the aspects of Black womanhood and the differences that make it unique and special. I think this sounds like a great book to read as I find more books to help understand what it’s like being Black and how I can be a better ally.
Nonfiction: Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford
I’m always a little bit hesitant to read books about sexual assault as to not trigger myself, but I’ve been reading several others and have been handling it well. I think books like these are important to read and understand the pain the survivors face and deal with.
YA Books for the Win!
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
This book sounds so exciting and I’ll be ordered it as soon as I can find it in our library system. I love fantasy that features Black protagonists. Even more so, I’m thrilled to see more books coming out that have African folklore in them. Greek and Roman mythology is cool and all, but African? There’s sooo much we haven’t even touched on in mainstream culture yet.
Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
I LOVE space opera adventures like these. This reminds me of Across the Universe but in the future if the protagonists had never woken up on the ship. I’m really interested to see how this one plays out so I’ll have it on hold as soon as I can.
Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
Lori M. Lee already has some great books out. So it’s exciting to see her again with another fantasy book and one that centers on female friendship. I don’t think friendships play a large enough role in YA and so this is great.