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July Reads

It’s the first Friday of the month and we know what that means: book reviews! Woo hoo! July was a good reading month for me. I hope that by sharing what I’ve read encourages everyone to read more, or more books out of your comfort genre. So without fanfare or delay…

  1. Fat Girl by K.L. Montgomery (Kindle): an actual laugh out loud romantic comedy with a dash of tear jerker. Fat Girl is a woman’s journey to come to terms with how she views her body and what she has done through the years to battle her obesity. It’s proof that a successful weight loss journey is subjective.
  2. Dangerous Places (Leah Nash Mysteries Book 3) by Susan Hunter (Kindle): who doesn’t like a good whodunit? I certainly do! Just when I thought I had it figured out, in comes a twist, then another. Even though this book is part of a series, it is great as a stand-alone and you won’t feel like you’re missing something by starting with the third installment.
  3. The Maid by Nia Prose (Libby audiobook): This book received some pretty harsh reviews on Goodreads, but I enjoyed it. It reminded me of All About Steve. Protagonist Molly isn’t like everyone else and her somewhat off-putting behavior rubs people the wrong way. It also gets her caught up in a murder.
  4. Darling Girl by Liz Michalski (Kindle): This reimagining Peter Pan was refreshing. Kind of dark, with subtle hints of magic, danger and a couple of unlikely heroes, this one will have you reading well into the wee hours of the night just to see how it ends.
  5. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (Libby audiobook): I read Gone Girl years ago and Flynn has a knack for creating a story that will–for lack of a better expression–leave you with your jaw on the floor. Her ability to catch the reader completely off guard is my favorite thing about her. I was gasping out loud and if I wore pearls, they would have be clutched several times.
  6. You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi (Kindle): Beautifully written, it made me laugh, cry, and I stayed up all night reading until I finished (on a week night!) My initial thought is that it felt unfinished, but after processing it, I would say it leaves room for a follow up or sequel. The writer did admit that there’s another story there and she hopes to make time to tell it. Me, too.
  7. Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (Libby audiobook): This was my favorite of the month. I don’t even know how to describe it… It was beautiful. You’ll have to read (or listen) to understand what I mean.
  8. Will by Will Smith (Libby audiobook): I had no intentions of reading this, but when I saw the audiobook was available to check out through my library app, I thought “hey why not.” Listen… y’all, this was an experience. Do not, I repeat: DO NOT read this, it is absolutely necessary to listen to this one. Afterwards I had two thoughts: The Incident makes more sense, and I want to meet Charlie Mack.

What would you all recommend I read? Let me know in the comments. Happy Reading!

Until Next Time,



Published by inilyaspencer

Hello! First, I have to tell you this: I LOVE the smell of books! New books, old books, glossy-paged, picture filled books. I will open a book, hold it to my nose, close my eyes and slowly inhale. Okay, I'm so glad that I've gotten that off my chest. If that doesn't make you uncomfortable, then this blog is just for you. I enjoy writing and I often have to keep my imagination at bay as I meander through my 9-5. Please follow and feel free to share with your friends.

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