What I Read: October 2018

Posted: November 1, 2018 by Rachel

What I Read: October 2018

Wow. So, it turns out I haven’t shared one of these posts since March, which definitely bums me out. But, I’m here, and I’m ready to share what I read in October. October was tough. It was a busy month, and when I did have time to read, I had trouble doing so. Nothing kept my attention. Well, except these books, apparently.

What I read in October 2018:

  • YOU  // Technically, this was my second time reading this book, but that still counts. I started watching the new Lifetime tv show, and got about two episodes in before deciding I needed to re-read the book before I watched anymore. And, I have to tell you, YOU was just as good the second time around.
  • WORLDS OF YOU: POETRY & PROSE  // I’m thrilled to have a copy of this on my shelf because not only is it a beautiful cover, the writing was absolutely beautiful as well. If you were to read my copy, you’d see flagged pages and underlined passages, and, for me, that’s the sign of a great book.
  • EVIDENCE OF THE AFFAIR // Well. I’m a big big fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid and was super excited when I heard about this story. It kind of pains me to say that it was just okay.
  • FANGIRL // I’m kind of cheating by including this on the list because I started it months back and only finally finished it yesterday. I thought it was sweet and relatable and very funny.
  • THE DARK BETWEEN STARS // A collection of poetry by Atticus that was incredibly touching.
  • BONE // If you enjoy poetry, this is a must-read.

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Let’s Talk About Some New Books I’m Dying to Read this Summer

Posted: June 1, 2018 by Rachel

6 NEW BOOKS I’M DYING TO READ THIS SUMMER

Well, it’s June, and I don’t know about you, but I always think of June 1st as the start of summer, June 21st be darned. I always read a lot more during the summer months. Whether it’s the warmer weather, the longer days, the sangria—I devour books this time of the year. I’ve been taking a bit of a break from writing, which is why I’ve been reading more than normal. However, my writing break is coming to an end soon and I have to be A LOT more picky about what I spend my free time reading.

As a little reminder to myself, and to hopefully introduce you all to some new books, I’ve compiled a list of six new books I’m dying to read this summer.

books i'm dying to read this summer

  • VOX BY CHRISTINA DALCHER—Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.
  • THE ASSISTANTS BY CAMILLE PERRI—a young Manhattanite’s embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city.
  • YOU THINK IT, I’LL SAY IT BY CURTIS SITTENFELD—A suburban mother of two fantasizes about the downfall of an old friend whose wholesome lifestyle empire may or may not be built on a lie.

Expect to see these books pop up on my instagram over the next few months!

I’ve love to hear the books that you’re the most excited about, or if you’ve been lucky enough to read early copies of any of these six books, let me know what you thought.

What I Read: March 2018

Posted: April 2, 2018 by Rachel

Phew, it really feels like I’ve read some great books so far this year. Despite going through a (pretty) consistent reading slump, I somehow managed to get through five books last month.

What I read in March 2018:

  • SLOW MOTION // In my mind, Dani Shapiro can do no wrong. I just adore her writing style. Pick this one up if you’re into about addiction/depression.
  • THE GREAT ALONE (BOTM) // This book was so, so good and left me with the biggest hangover. Take my word for it—pick it up.
  • THE ANIMAL UNDER THE FUR // I really thought I was going to like this one a lot more than I actually did. I was a big fan of E.J. Mellow after reading her Dreamland series, but this one just fell a little flat for me.
  • BLACK & WHITE // another Dani Shapiro book; but this time, fiction. It’s funny to me to read some of the reviews for this book. I thought this book was absolutely incredible, but to hear that some people didn’t finish it, they thought it was just awful…. there is such a disconnect. All I can say is that this book was truly incredible.
  • SWEETBITTER // I first read this book in Dec 2016, and ultimately wasn’t a big fan. I decided to read it again, and I can’t quite believe that I had overlooked it the first time around. An incredibly undeniably intriguing cast, delectable insight, drama, drugs, romance… what else could you want in a book?

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What I Read: December 2017

Posted: January 2, 2018 by Rachel

December Reading List

 

Despite the craziness of the last month of the year, I was able to read four novels in December, bringing my tally for 2017 up to a cool 50 books read.

I should call December (and the end of November) the month of Christina Lauren, because I read four of their books in succession–Autoboyography being my first and favorite. That book deserves it’s only special review, that’s how much I loved it.

But, I digress.

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5 Photos that make me wish I’d gone to The Big Apple Author Event

Posted: October 16, 2017 by Rachel

I can tell you with absolute certainty that if New York were closer, I’d have gotten my butt down to The Big Apple Author Event in NYC this past weekend. Because, I mean, look at how much fun it looked to be! Some of my favorite authors all in one place–some of whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting.

These 5 photos made me wish I’d gone to the event, distance and cost be darned.

1. R.S. Grey and Renee Carlino

R.S. Grey and Renee Carlino

I had the pleasure of meeting Renee last October in Phoenix, but I would have loved to have met Rachel.

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What I Read: September 2017

Posted: October 2, 2017 by Rachel

Lies She Told

 

 

Fall is finally, mercifully, wiggling its way in here in Vegas. We had some beautiful days in the 70’s before the weather snuck back up a little for the past few days, but I think we’re in the clear now. I’ve had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season and I’ve even pulled out my fall candles to situate around the house. I’m ready, fall.

I’m kind of in awe that I read as much as I did in September, considering all that I had going on. I do know that there were no long periods of reading. Instead, there were stolen moments here and there.

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August Reading List

Posted: September 1, 2017 by Rachel

Standard Deviation

 

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love September. If I were still living in Canada I’d be pulling out my sweaters and boots and searching around for my first pumpkin spice latte.

But I’m not still in Canada, and here in Vegas, the weather is nowhere near fall. Whomp whomp whomp.

Anyway, onto the books. Ack! August was not a good reading month for me in terms of fiction. But in terms of non-fiction and getting my act together re my novel rewrite, then it was a total success.

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What I Read: July 2017

Posted: August 1, 2017 by Rachel

 

It’s been hot as heck here in Las Vegas this month. I mean, uncomfortably so. I don’t spend much time outside when the weather is like this, unless I’m in the pool. And if I’m in the pool, I want to be laying in our new margarita pool float with a book in my hand.

Most of what I read this month, though, I read inside where there is air conditioning and iced coffee never too far out of reach. My kid has even taken to picking up a book off my shelf, slid back onto the couch and open it. “I’m mama!” he says excitedly. I so approve.

What I read in July:

  • WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE by Samantha Irby  – Some good, some bad. I haven’t read Samantha Irby’s writing until now and while this collection of essays started out making me laugh and smile it quickly fell flat. I found myself glossing over paragraphs at a time. It’s too bad, I had high hopes.
  • ALL GROWN UP by Jami AttenbergI’m not one of those people who sit high atop their married with children horses and tell everyone else that their life should look like mine—so with this in mind, I kept giving All Grown Up a chance. I get that Andrea’s life turned out differently than she liked. I get that she’s incredibly unhappy and terribly unfulfilled, but what really got me about this book was that she seemed to do absolutely nothing to change her situation. In fact, it seems that even though she was in therapy, she only really dealt with “life” by doing drugs and sleeping with men she knew for a millisecond. And that I just don’t get. This book was touted as being “wickedly funny”, which is a gross overstatement. I may have chuckled a time or two, but that does not a wickedly funny book make. All Grown Up was just a sad, disjointed sob story that fell flat.
  • CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS by Sally Rooney – I had written a lovely review on this book, and then my website crashed and I lost it. What I do remember is that I loved this book. I loved the interesting, complicated relationship between these two friends. I couldn’t put this one down.
  • GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong – Before reading “Goodbye, Vitamin” I did something I don’t usually do—actually, something I downright refuse to do, which is look at the reviews of a book before I read it. You see, I want to open a book unbiased; I don’t want other people’s thoughts swarming around in my head before I’ve even given the book a chance. I logged on to Goodreads and read four or five reviews. Thankfully, they didn’t stop me from buying the book. Goodbye, Vitamin was written in small vignettes that made my heart beat faster. I was so pleasantly surprised.

In Progress

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June Reading List

Posted: July 1, 2017 by Rachel

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

 

After reading as much as I did in May I had a feeling that June wouldn’t be as plentiful. And I was right. Instead of reading this month I spent time traveling for work and trying (and failing) to make progress on my Finding Lily novel re-write. Not feeling sorry for myself though, no–that would be silly. (Hello sarcasm!)

What I read in June:

  • THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid (BOTM) – I quite literally don’t have the words to describe how much I adored this novel. Go pick up a copy for yourself if you haven’t already.
  • SOMEBODY ELSE’S SKY BY JESSICA HAWKINS – Like the first in the series I read this book quickly, devouring it. Knowing I have to wait until October to read the final installment in the trilogy is torture.
  • SLIP OF THE TONGUE BY JESSICA HAWKINS – Ok, so I’ve been reading a lot of her work lately. It’s just what happens when you fall in love with an author. Like all her other books that I’ve read, this one did not disappoint.

In Progress

Here’s what I’m currently reading:


Coming Up

If you want to keep up with what I read during the month, follow me on Instagram @racheldelxo and @alovelettertobooks.