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July 2020 Goals

Jul 7, 2020

If I was surviving before, June was the month where I finally felt like I was thriving (somewhat). My baby long, wonderful crib naps + sleeping better at night. Having those few extra hours during the day and less broken night sleep has made a world of a difference. I'm able to do chores around the house, play with my big boy, or just have a moment to rest. I didn't realize how much I needed that in my day! Newborn snuggles are wonderful, but I am loving this current age and stage. I feel like we're settling in as a family and finding our new rhythm.

Personally, I started to feel more like myself in June. Introducing a bottle + formula made it possible for me to go run a few errands. I got back into the habit of meal planning and cooking. Naptime made it possible for me to get my house in order. I started picking up physical books a little more instead of relying on audios. And getting out of the house for a little mountain weekend getaway was something we all needed for a little mental refresh. It was just an all-around great month, with my goals included. I got a lot done and am carrying that positivity into July. 


On My Calendar:
– Celebrating nine years of marriage
– My mama's birthday
– Hamilton on Disney+
– Last month in my current Simplified planner

Currently Obsessing Over:
– The release of Hamilton on Disney+ at the beginning of the month, of course! I've listened to and loved the album for years, but I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to see the show live. It was incredible to watch at home – with the original cast! – and have that experience. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to watch it again.
– I made these baked potato foil packs for dinner recently, and Nick and I loved them! A new go-to meal.
– Although many things have re-opened, the only thing I cared about was the bookstore. My sister and I visited two of them more than once in June, as evidenced by all that I acquired. My TBR was the lowest it's been since I started blogging, and now it's jumped back up. Whoops! Oh well, I have had so much fun hanging out with my sister.

Yearly Goals:
(These should stay the same all year, so I'll just do month-to-month progress reports!)
– Read through the Bible in one year.
– Read a devotional every morning.
– Track my spending in the Goodbudget app.
– Blog 2x per week.

June progress: 
– Yikes. June was my worst month yet! I only read my Bible like one day each week, though I did catch up every time. I don't know what happened because I'd finally gotten back in the groove, and then... Womp womp.
– I did stay more consistent with this goal and only missed a few days. I'm loving the devotional I'm reading!
– Continuing to track my spending, though I sometimes get a few days behind on inputting purchases.
– So close, but not quite. I blogged eight times total, which isn't bad. Imperfect progress is still worth celebrating!

Revisiting My June Goals:
Schedule a monthly planning session. / Check! Developing this habit is one of my favorite things I've done in 2020.
Complete Four Months in the baby's journal + take monthly photo. / I finished the journal on the 7th and took the photo a few days later (once the weather was nice enough for better lighting). So many memories recorded!
Complete Toddler Year Three + One to Four Months in my big boy's journal. / AHHH! That's my celebration scream. I'm finally starting to get caught up in my firstborn's baby book – thanks to old photos, videos, and notes in my journals/planner from that time. And now I have a plan for moving forward with this project.
– Cull, download, rename, and backup May 2020 photos. / Done! I finished about mid-month, and it was the perfect activity to complete while watching a movie with Nick one night. I'm so proud of maintaining this process.
– Since all my photos/videos are now backed up, cull what's saved on iPhone. / Partially complete! I went through all the videos (like 1,000ish) and narrowed it down to just 150 favorites that I'll keep on my phone. And I went back through any photos from 2019 or before, but I have more culling to do from 2020. Moving this to July!
Trade in used books, and donate unwanted clothes. / I traded in books for store credit, and Nick took a donation of clothes to Goodwill. In addition, I made a plan for how we'll store clothes the boys have outgrown.
– Complete two 20 in 2020 items. / We completed one – cook for someone else – when we invited my parents over for a meal. But I totally failed at referencing our list for a second activity to check off!
Make my Summer TBR. / I made it and shared it on the blog. I'm excited about all of the titles on my list!
Finish three blog posts currently in my Drafts. / Yep! I could have pushed myself to finish a few posts that lingered there longer, but I still published three posts that I'd been planning and hadn't gotten around to yet.
Read one non-fiction book. / I read five total, and one is on my list of favorite reads of the year (coming soon).

My July Goals:
– Schedule a monthly planning session.
– Complete Five Months in the baby's journal + take monthly photo.
– Complete Five Months in my big boy's journal.
– Choose and print photos for both Promptly Journals.
– Cull, download, rename, and backup June 2020 photos.
– Go through last few months of photos saved on iPhone.
– Celebrate nine years of marriage.
– Prep new 2020-2021 Dapperdesk planner.
– Catch up on all reviews.
– Review my 20 in 2020 list.
– Meet with Nick to discuss finance book once he's finished.

Do you have any goals for July?

June 2020: Recap + On My Shelves

Jul 6, 2020


We're halfway through a year that has felt like no other, but I'm thankful for the moments of normalcy – things like afternoons in the backyard, walks around the neighborhood, and pretend "movie theater nights" at home. 


1. Introduced Bottles + Solids – Before my second baby was born, I started thinking about what I wanted to do differently this time around. At the top of the list? Eventually introducing bottles and formula! I waited too long with my first, and he just refused both. I'm so happy that I'm still nursing but am successfully bottle feeding formula, too. I love combining both! Our pediatrician gave us to go ahead to introduce solids, too, and that's been messy fun. 

2. Projects Around the House – There were a lot of projects around the house that got done in June, and it made me so happy. Nick was hard at work! He installed a new light fixture outside and in a bathroom, replaced the fan and hung the outdoor string lights pictured on the screened-in porch, and helped clean out our dining room. It had become the holding area for stuff to be donated, put it storage, etc. It was so satisfying to cross it all off my list!

3. Weekend in the Mountains – We spent Father's Day weekend in the mountains, and it was exactly what we needed. Traveling with a baby, even just an hour away, is always a little stressful. I have to remind myself that babies are generally pretty adaptable! We all loved getting out of the house, had nice weather, and enjoyed spending time with my family. My favorite part was reading on the porch and snacking on hot boiled peanuts.

4. Brother Love – This isn't one specific thing, but it deserved a spot because so many of my June photos are of these two boys. It has been a delight to watch my big boy become a brother. He's handled the transition with such maturity! And the older the baby gets, the more fun they're having together. The baby's eyes light up when he sees his brother, and our big boy is so gentle and loving with him. The way they smile at one another melts my heart.


Read 17 Books | Favorites:
Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott

Honorable Mentions:
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
Stir by Jessica Fechtor
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Don't Overthink It by Anne Bogel

“I kick my dangling feet to leave scuff marks.
This is how I'll die: slightly unwilling but ultimately lazy.”
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

“I wouldn’t listen. I wanted everything to stay as it was.
I was more afraid of the truth than the lie. The truth would change the circumstances of my life.
The lie was static. The lie was peaceful. I was happy with the lie.”
Long Bright River by Liz Moore

“I don't know why it's so hard for people to admit that sometimes
they're just assholes who screw up because they don't expect to get caught.”
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

“I don’t write because I think I have something to say.
I write because if I don’t, everything feels even worse.”
Writers & Lovers by Lily King

“Food has powers. It picks us up from our lonely corners and sits us back down, together.
It pulls us out of ourselves, to the kitchen, to the table, to the diner down the block.
At the same time, it draws us inward. Food is the keeper of our memories,
connecting us with our pasts and with our people.”
Stir by Jessica Fechtor

“Her death hit in waves. Not a flood, but water lapping steadily at her ankles.
You could drown in two inches of water. Maybe grief was the same.”
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

“When you married someone, you promised to love every person he would be.
He promised to love every person she had been. And here they were, still trying,
even though the past and the future were both mysteries.”
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

“Maybe we all walk around assuming everyone is interpreting the world
the same way we are, and being surprised when they aren’t,
and that’s the loneliness and confusion of the human experience in a nutshell.”
I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott

“If everyone decided nothing could change, nothing ever would.”
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed


.I didn't blog as much as I'd hoped to in June, but that's okay. I started the month with my May 2020 Recap and our June 2020 Goals. Then, I introduced Tales & Tiger Lily – my sister's new bookstagram account – and a new feature with her book reviews every month. After posting her reviews, I shared my May 2020 Quick Lit reviews. And finally, I had three Top Ten Tuesday posts: 25 Books on My Summer TBR, Celebrating 10 Years of Top Ten Tuesday, and Books I'm Buying in the Second Half of 2020. Not my most productive, but not too shabby either!



Favorite Song: "Cowboy Take Me Away" covered by Carly Pearce

I enjoy Pearce's music and was so excited to listen to her cover of this classic Dixie Chicks song.
It made me so nostalgic! Now I want to make a playlist of late 90s/early 00s country music.


Just Mercy (2019) starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson – I read the book this movie is based on back in 2017 and was so obsessed with it. It was such a moving, thought-provoking read – and the movie was a wonderful adaptation! I loved the casting, especially Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson. You can watch the movie without having read the book, but I would certainly encourage you to pick up the book after if that's what you decide to do. In there, you'll find additional legal cases and statistics that illustrate our flawed justice system. 


BOTM: Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, and Writers & Lovers by Lily King

Bookstore Browsing: The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton, The Marriage Game by Sara Desai, Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho, Little Universes by Heather Demetrios, Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz, One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus and Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Amazon Buy 2, Get 1 Free Sale: Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl, I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott, The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan, I'd Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos, Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl, and Devotions by Mary Oliver


Target Buy 2, Get 1 Free Sale: Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev, Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd, If I'm Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegmund-Broke, Tweet Cute by Emma Lord, and Relish by Lucy Knisley

Books-a-Million Bargains: Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegmund-Broke, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas, and The Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg

Used Bookstore Credit: Annie's Life in Lists by Kristin Mahoney, Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed, and Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore


Bargain Books: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev, Hourglass by Dani Shapiro, Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley, And Now We Have Everything by Meaghan O'Connell, Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, Pen & Palate by Lucy Madison & Tram Nguyen, Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman, The Map from Here to There by Emery Lord, My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul, Good Husbandry by Kristin Kimball, The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow, Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson, We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway, and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Gifted: The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin, The Girl in White Gloves by Kerri Maher, and The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

For Review: The Empire of Gold by S.K. Chakraborty, Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert, and The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

NetGalley: Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis (not pictured)

Books I'm Buying in the Second Half of 2020

Jun 30, 2020


When I saw today's Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I was so excited to share my list! This post covers the second half of the year and, once again, I didn't stick to just ten releases. There are too many things I want to read! Just like my earlier edition of this post, I focused on new books from authors I've already read and enjoyed + featured four books from new-to-me authors that I've got my eye on.

Two of my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020 aren't featured here because they were included in my first half of 2020 post. Both were originally June releases with date changes: The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan comes out July 7 and Igniting Darkness by Robin LaFevers will publish August 2.

Twelve books I can't wait to read from authors I enjoy:


1. The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty (June 30) – I really enjoyed City of Brass last year and flew through Kingdom of Copper this spring. And now I can't wait to see how the trilogy wraps up!

2. Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan (June 30) – After loving the Crazy Rich Asians series, I've got to read this new release from Kwan. Finding out it's a retelling of A Room with a View? That's icing on the cake.

3. Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan (June 30) – I loved The Engagements but wasn't crazy about Saints for All Occasions, so I'm very curious how this one will work for me. Guess we'll find out!

4. The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi (August 11) – As a huge fan of Adachi's Lazy Genius podcast, I was thrilled to find out she was coming out with a book. I made sure to pre-order to get these awesome bonuses.


5. Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin (September 1) – Although I would have sworn this was going to be a duology, it turns out that it'll be a trilogy. I'm excited anyway because Serpent & Dove was just so good!

6. Majesty by Katharine McGee (September 1) – Did I scream when I got a copy of this for review? You better believe it! American Royals was one of my favorites, and I need more after that cliffhanger.

7. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (September 8) – Backman is one of my favorite authors, to the point that I never feel the need to read the summaries of his books. Whatever this is about, I already know I want to read it.

8. Well Played by Jen DeLuca (September 22) – Well Met was an adorable read, and I'm looking forward to returning to this world and spending time with characters we've already met. I hope it's just as fun and enjoyable!


9. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (October 6) – I'm not a Schwab fangirl like most of the Internet, though I did enjoy the Darker Shade of Magic series, but the summary for this sounds fantastic!

10. The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (October 13) – This summary doesn't totally appeal to me, but my love for The Ten Thousand Doors of January is strong enough that I've got to at least give it a try.

11. Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer (November 3) – I've only read Meyer's Lunar Chronicles and this is obviously a genre departure for her, but I think it sounds adorable. And I'm obsessed with the cover!

12. Admission by Julie Buxbaum (December 1) – Anything Buxbaum writes, I want to read it. I love that this is inspired by the recent college admissions scandal and have no doubt I'll be raving about this book.

And four books on my radar from new-to-me authors:


13. Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis (July 14) – I knew very little about this when I received an email from the publicist about reviewing it, but the summary made it sound so interesting. I hope it's as adorable as the cover!

14. Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels by Rachel Cohen (July 21) – Reference Jane Austen in the title, and I'll automatically want to read it. I've been on a memoir kick lately and am fascinated by the idea of this one.

15. You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria (August 4) – As soon as I saw the comparison to Jane the Virgin, I was sold. I'm totally here for telenovela stars falling in love both onscreen and off! Gimme, gimme.

16. Jane in Love by Rachel Givney (October 27) – Jane Austen magically travels to modern-day England? Yep, I want to read it. It's a truth universally acknowledged that I'm trash for anything related to Austen.

What 2020 releases are you excited to read?

10 Years of Top Ten Tuesday!

Jun 23, 2020


Today Top Ten Tuesday is ten years old! My very first post was in February 2012, and I've written 173 TTT posts since then. While I don't participate as frequently as I used to, I'm still so glad that Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl decided to take it over after The Broke and the Bookish retired. It's such a fun part of the bookish community, and it's been the inspiration for so much blog content for me. Today's topic called for revisiting past posts, and I decided to make TWO lists for it: I revisited ten past answers and then listed my ten favorite topics that I participated in. 

And just a note: I'm posting this really late on Tuesday, so email subscribers probably won't see it until Wednesday. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten the day of the week! I just didn't want you to be confused.

REVISITING PAST ANSWERS

It was so fun to compile this list! One thing you'll notice about this section is that most of the posts come from 2013-2014. That's because those are the years I most actively participated in Top Ten Tuesday! I had a baby in 2016 and only blogged sporadically that year and didn't do many TTT posts until 2019. But my answers wouldn't changed for those! I excluded seasonal TBRs or lists I do every year (favorite books, new-to-me authors, etc.) because I wanted more variety. So, here's how many answers have changed on ten past topics: 

1. Top Ten Blogs That Aren't About Books – May 2012
There's only one blog on this list that I still look at (though it's not a daily read anymore), and that's Elements of Style. The others either no longer exist or don't interest me. And I care so little about fashion that it's hard for me to believe I used to look at some of these blogs! I mostly just look at book blogs now, though I love I Heart Naptime for recipes and Em for Marvelous for lovely reflections on life, parenting, goals, and more.

2. Top Ten Series I'd Like to Start or Finish – March 2013
Of the five series I wanted to start, I'm excited to say that I read them all! I've since completely finished four of the five (The Passing Bells series, The Lunar Chronicles, The Bronze Horseman trilogy, and the Throne of Glass series) and read the first three (and don't plan to finish) books in the Fairyland series. Of the series I wanted to finish, I did read of the five finales listed. I decided not to complete the Chaos Walking trilogy.

3. Top Ten Characters I'd Crush on If I Was Fictional – April 2013
Only five of these crushes still have my heart: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gilbert Blythe, Peeta Mellark, Frederick Wentworth and Sean Kendrick. Jonah is okay, but Adult Me has moved on. As for the other four (Cricket Bell, Adam Wilde, Dimitri Belikov, and Roar), to quote TSwift: I forgot that you existed. I'd replace them with the only other crushes that matter: Rowan Whitethorn from the Throne of Glass series and Jake Archer from Happiness for Beginners.

4. Top Ten Things That Make Life as Reader/Blogger Easier – August 2013
It was so fun to see what I considered an essential in 2013! Many have stayed the same: Goodreads, my iPhone camera, my local library, Feedly, Audible, and my Kindle Paperwhite. Three have changed slightly: I now use Happy Planners (not May Books), Instagram instead of Twitter, and OneNote rather than Reminders. While I have the Kindle app on my phone still, I rarely use it. I'd probably replace it with my iPhone tripod, AirPods, or Hoopla.

5. Top Ten Best Sequels Ever – September 2013
I laughed when I read this list! If I were to write it today, only one of these books would make my list: The Piper's Son. The other sequels aren't bad, but I've read so much more since then. They just don't compare anymore!

6. Top Twenty Books I Want to Re-Read – February 2014
Of the books I highlighted, I've re-read five of the ten adult books (After You, Me Before YouNowhere but Home, Attachments, and The Help) and all of the young adult books except The Sky is Everywhere (which I no longer care to re-read). I'd still like to eventually re-read the other five adult books, but they aren't a priority. 

7. Top Ten Books People Tell Me I Must Read – August 2014
I've read six of the ten books I featured here. My favorite of them all was All the Light We Cannot See, followed by The Bone Season. And I have no plans to pick up the four that I never got around to reading,

8. Top Ten Authors I've Read One From But Need More – September 2014
I did eventually read more from eight of these authors, and I just purchased the 2020 release from Emily St. John Mandel so it may become nine. I never read more from Kiersten White and likely won't. Only one of these authors is still really on my radar: Mhairi McFarlane. My interest in all the other authors has faded.

9. Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors – August 2015
My auto-buy list has definitely changed since 2015! Four of these authors would still definitely make my updated list: Jane Austen, Sarah J. Maas, Melina Marchetta, and Mhairi McFarlane. Two would likely still be auto-buy: Mindy Kaling and Taylor Jenkins Reid. And the other four are authors I'm still interested in, just on a case-by-case basis. I'd replace them with Fredrik Backman, Julie Buxbaum, Abby Jimenez, and Lucy Parker.

10. Top Sixteen Audiobook Superlatives – September 2016
Most of these answers would stay the same, with a few exceptions. I think I'd change the audio that makes me feel all the things, but I'm not sure what I'd pick instead. I've listened to a lot of long books that might unseat Pillars of the Earth from its place, and I doubt I'll ever finish / catch up on the Bloody Jack series. But the biggest change is that I no longer wish I had an Audible subscription – I'm now active!

REVISITING PAST TOPICS

In the process of choosing posts for the section above, I started noting some of my favorite past topics. They often inspired posts that I still love today, so I thought it would be fun to highlight them here:

1. Top Ten Best Bookish Memories – February 2013
This is still one of my favorite blog posts because I love how books are so entwined with my memory. While reading through this post, I decided I'm going to write an updated version of it. Be on the lookout!

2. Top Ten Things That Instantly Make Me Pick Up A Book – April 2013
Kelly and I were just talking about this recently, and I'd completely forgotten that I once wrote a post about it. A few of my answers have changed, so you'll likely see my share a new version on this one soon, too.

3. Top Ten Things on My Reading Wishlist – January 2014
Everything on this list still stands! The only thing I'd change is that I'd probably add more to my wishlist. And I just might, in a future post... are we sensing a theme here? My archives are apparently full of inspiration. Haha!

4. Top Ten Bookish Confessions – July 2014
Yep. To all of these things. I could probably add more, but the ten things listed are all still true.

5. Top Ten Things I LOVE in Love Stories – February 2015
I like my categories in this post! I still love the same types of romance, though I've since realized second-chance romance is very hit or miss for me. All of the feelings and moments are still favorites, too. But the most shocking change? I think I've reversed my opinion on the failure featured in the post. 

6. Top Ten Books On My "Jane Austen 101" Syllabus – August 2015
This is one of my favorite topics because I loved getting creative with my answer. I remember wanting to make it look as realistic as possible. This was a fun one to look back on!

7. Top Ten Reasons I Love Reading – June 2016
Here's a post that isn't exactly groundbreaking but just makes me happy, regardless. I liked coming up with this list, making the graphics for it, and scouring my shelves to see what books fit each item. I wrote it not long after my first baby was born, when I still hadn't found my blogging groove, and have sweet memories of it.

8. Top Ten Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump – August 2018
I tweaked this topic when I posted about it and focused on ten ways to kick a reading slump to the curb (but did pair a book with each item on the list). It's all advice you've probably heard before, but I liked compiling it anyway.

9. Ten Favorite Books Released in the Past Ten Years – May 2019
Looking back at all the books I've read in the past ten years and trying to narrow it down to the ten best felt impossible. But oh man, I thoroughly enjoyed doing it! You'll actually find twelve favorites on my list because I couldn't resist.

10. Top Ten Things I'd Have at My Bookish Party – May 2020
This was such a creative topic, and I really felt inspired by it! I had a great time planning my pretend party and finding accompanying photos for the post. There are a lot of topics I love, but my favorites are often things I never would have thought of on my own. This is a great example of that!

Bonus: Seasonal TBRs, New-to-Me Authors, and Yearly Favorites
I didn't want to link to one specific post, but these three topics are my tried-and-true favorites. Even when I'm barely blogging or inconsistent with TTT, one of these topics is most likely to pull me back in.

Have you participated in Top Ten Tuesday?

What's been one of your favorite topics?

25 Books on My Summer TBR

Jun 19, 2020


Back in March, I shared 20 books I was planning to read this spring. I was looking at my list this week and am happy to share my progress: I read 12 books, DNFed five books, moved two books to my Summer TBR due to a release date change (one re-read + the new sequel), and only have one  uncompleted book. Not too bad! 

Since it was such a success, I decided to make one for summer. It was this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic, but I'm a few days late. Oh well, since I definitely didn't stick to 10 either... I normally use this TTT topic to pair books + summer bags, one of my favorite posts every year, but that's in the works for next week instead.

• REVIEW BOOKS •

1. What You Wish For by Katherine Center (July 14) – While none of Center's recent releases have come close to my love for Happiness for Beginners, they've all been enjoyable. I'm looking forward to this one!

2. Majesty by Katharine McGee (September 1) – I have let out a delighted squeal when I was approved for this on NetGalley. I loved the first so much, and I can't wait to see what happens next after that cliffhanger ending.

3. The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (June 9) – Estelle was kind enough to send a copy of this my way, and I was delighted since I didn't get it as my May Book of the Month pick. It sounds like so much fun!

• NON-FICTION •

4. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb – I saw this at the used bookstore and couldn't resist because of the hype. The idea of a memoir about a therapist, her patients, and her own therapist intrigued me.

5. How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo – If I see a book about reading with your child, chances are I'm going to read it. I love the illustrations and the way its sectioned, so I hope it lives up to my expectations.

6. All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth – My mom gifted me a copy of this memoir, and I've been meaning to read it for years. It's on my 10 to read in 20 list, so that's part of how I'm motivating myself to finally dive in.

• FICTION •

7. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett – I loved Bennett's debut, The Mothers, and have been eagerly awaiting a new release from her. You can imagine my delight when it was an option for Book of the Month in June!

8. The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton – Next Year in Havana was one of my favorite reads of 2018, but I found When We Left Cuba a little disappointing. I'm hoping this one will restore my obsession.

9. The Marriage Game by Sara Desai – I don't really know much about this book, but I was immediately drawn to the cover and then sold on the summary. I can't tell if it's truly hate-to-love, but I'm hoping...

10. Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho – Another cover buy, I can't lie! The idea of Bridget Jones' Diary + Crazy Rich Asians was too good to resist. Everything about it sounds like something I'll love, and I can't wait to read it.

11. Miss Austen by Gill Hornby – I was on the fence about reading this book until I saw the UK cover. And then, I had to buy it. My summer TBR is more contemporary-focused, so this will be a nice change of pace.

12. The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner – I've been looking forward to this book for a while! It's now eerily relevant, too, since the Jane Austen House was just fundraising due to being closed for COVID.

13. Anna K by Jenny Lee – Anna Karenina was one of my favorite high school reads, and I've never read a retelling. Add Gossip Girl vibes and an irresistible cover, and I'm sold. I hope I remember the original enough to appreciate it.

14. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Circe was one of my favorite reads last year, so I had to read Miller's other Greek mythology retelling. Kelly wasn't a huge fan, however, which makes me nervous.

15. The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey – The summary reminded me a little bit of A Man Called Ove, so I decided to treat myself to this recent release. Older, curmudgeonly characters might be some of my faves.

16. By the Book by Amanda Sellet – Once again, I was first drawn to this book because of the adorable cover. But once I saw that it was about a YA heroine who loves classic novels, I knew I had to give it a try.

17. Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner – I added this to my BOTM box in June on a whim, and it will be the first book I've read by Weiner. I liked that it explores female friendship, and I hear there's a mystery element, too.

• RE-READS •

18. Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers – I adored this extension of LaFever's His Fair Assassin series and am excited for the duology's conclusion. This is one of the books I had on my spring TBR and just moved to summer!

19. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – This was such a great surprise last year, a long book that I devoured in one afternoon. I can't wait to re-read via audio in anticipation of the second book's release in September.

20. American Royals by Katharine McGee – I already mentioned the sequel, Majesty, earlier in my list, so it's a given that I had to re-read this one first. I bought the audio a few months ago, and it's ready for me to hit play!


• PRE-ORDERS / LIBRARY HOLDS •

21. The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi (August 11) – I love the Lazy Genius podcast (even though I'm rarely currently and simultaneously trying to listen to older episodes I've missed) and am so excited for her book!

22. The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty (June 30) – Reading the second book earlier this spring made me so hyped for this finale! This series has slowly won me over, and I can't wait to see how it all concludes.

23. Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan (June 30) – I loved the Crazy Rich Asians series enough to pre-order this book. While working on this post, I learned it's a retelling of A Room with a View so now I'm even more excited!

24. Igniting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (August 4) – I'm excited to see how this duology concludes! I think this was originally scheduled for a June release and was changed to August, and it can't get here soon enough.

25. Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin (September 1) – Although I wish this had stayed a duology, I'm still excited to see where it goes next. And I think this will be the perfect read to help me transition into fall.

What are you hoping to read this summer?
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