Books I Read in July

What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
This was an impressive debut and you can read my full review here.

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
The buzz around this book (which was significant) described it as a Grey's Anatomy in novel form, but I never got into that show, so I put it on the back burner for awhile. I'm glad I finally picked it up, as it was a super fast summer read. I got a bit of a Liane Moriarty vibe in the beginning as the story is set up from the lens of mommy culture. The dynamic and contrast between Zaide and Emma as doctors and mothers, as well as the dynamic between their patients, or parents of their young patients, that they interact with at school and the country club is rife with potential conflict - and craziness ensues. The flashbacks to when the pair were in medical school together was also a fascinating glimpse into doctor culture, which was my favorite part of this reading experience. The romantic drama was kind of easy to tease out, but came to a pretty shocking and satisfying conclusion.

The War I Finally Won by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley
I think I might have enjoyed this sequel to The War That Saved My Life more than the original! Bradley writes with such straightforward and powerful prose, and she perfectly captures the viewpoint of a child. 
"Bombs fell from the sky. Boys fell from trees. Anything might happen. Anytime."
Ada will always be an all time favorite book character, with her equally heartbreaking and brave voice. If you are a fan of WWII historical fiction, these two books are must reads, whatever your age.

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
I've seen so many of Colgan's books on social media, and especially on my library shelves in either summer or winter, so I figured it was time to give her novels a try. This was a cozy read with great British humor and wit, and a story that is somewhat predictable, but with a few surprises up it's sleeve that I didn't see coming. I for sure will read more of her work when looking for a comfort read.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Straight up romance reads are not my usual go-to, but I think I need to make more space for a few in my reading life - especially those with an empowered female lead. This particular romance also shed light on the inner workings of an adult woman with high functioning autism, WRITTEN by an adult woman with high functioning autism. It was compelling, so adorable and, yes, STEAMY. Fair warning if that's not your thing. I found it highly entertaining and, ultimately, I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic between the characters in this gender reversed Pretty Woman like story.

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  1. I haven't read any of the books you've reviewed here, and they all sound interesting. I'm visiting from Modern Mrs. Darcy.

    1. Thanks for visiting! Let me know if you read any!

  2. I LOVED both of the War books by Kimberly. I agree, such powerful words!!

    1. I am moving on to some of her other books now, I love her so much! Just got Jefferson's Son's from the library :)