I started to write this post back in May, but then unexpected happened and I didn’t post it. So, I decided to update it with the books I read in June, July, and August and this way I’m summarizing up all my summer reads in one post.
The books I read are diverse and range from crime stories, through hilarious light weekend reads and love stories, to books about child development. This summer I have read something from almost every genre I love which is perfect since I love diversity.
So without further ado, below is the list of the books I read in the past months, I hope you’ll find something worth reading among them!
Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
Ashley Keller is a stay-at-home mom of 8-month old Aubrey. She’s not a stay-at-home mom by choice but by circumstances, and she’s not enjoying this status very much. She feels lonely and incompetent. She has the impression she’s a failure because she’s not breastfeeding, isn’t a member of a mom group, home chef, and doesn’t have an impeccable home. Thus, she decides to sign up for the Motherhood Better Bootcamp organized by blogger/TV host Emily Walker.
The Bootcamp is a six-week course full of challenges and projects. It should help twelve selected moms to transform their bodies and homes, help them boost their confidence and become better moms. At the end of the six-weeks, a winner of one hundred thousand dollars is announced. How will Ashley do?
The book is hilarious, funny, and engaging. I devoured it in less than 48 hours! It’s a fun and easy read. Characters aren’t developed into every tiny detail, but the book is one you can relax with.
You can find the Confession of a Domestic Failure here.
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
This joyful book by Anne Tyler tells the story of Abby and Red Whitshank and their four children. The story is set in Baltimore and covers the lives of four generations of Whitshank family. The joyous and lovely moments and memories are alternated by the times of hardship and disappointment.
The book paints a complex picture of an ordinary family influenced by the dreams and actions of the previous generation, their own circumstances and decisions, which lead to the current state of relationships of (and between) their grownup children.
It was an enjoyable read without many surprising twists. It’s more of a psychological novel, brilliantly depicting the relationships and imperfections of one family.
You can find the book here.
Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christensen
This romantic novel starts with 26 years old Bo losing the job she didn’t really like, contemplating whether her relationship has future, and weighing what to do next. When her friend Kirsten suggests they should go rest for a week to her parents summer house in Denmark, Bo welcomes the idea of a change of scene.
Due to unfortunate events, Kirsten had to cancel her plane ticket at the last minute, and Bo ends up in the summer house with two other visitors. Despite the terrible November weather and awkward first moments with the strangers in the house, the trip unexpectedly changes Bo’s life.
Danish concept of hygge is the main thread in the book, learning to enjoy a good company, an interesting book or delicious food. I read this book (set in winter scenery) during summer and can honestly say it’s a good choice for a lovely weekend, no matter what time of a year it is.
Find the Hygge and Kisses here.
The Žítková Goddesses by Kateřina Tučková
The novel The Žítková Goddesses describes a recent history of Czech Republic. The main character, Dora, is uncovering the history of the women in her family and families living in nearby villages. The history of women, who were believed to have strong powers to heal and help, using herbs, magic, and sacred rituals. People called them Goddesses.
The book focuses on one family whose women were persecuted, investigated, and discriminated. Since the lives of goddesses are intertwined, and their history goes well into the past, the book covers stories of many women and many families.
The author, Kateřina Tučková, is a novelist and curator. She got a degree in the field of history and art. The Žítková Goddesses is her third novel, and the book was translated into 13 languages. You can find the Czech version of the book here.
I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen
I Know a Secret is part of the series about detective Rizzoli and forensic pathologist Maura Isles. The duo works together on crime investigation in Boston area. This time, the murders seem unrelated, and it takes Rizzoli a while to find a common thread and reason for the crimes. The investigation takes her several years back and uncovers a complicated scheme and sick mind of the murderer.
If you love crime stories, get this book, or any in the series. Each book solves a different crime and stands on its own. Only the lives and friendship of Rizzoli and Isles are the common theme evolving from book to book.
I randomly picked this one, not knowing it’s part of a series, but it didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the book. It is a page-turner and keeps you on your toes the whole time. Next time I’m in a mood for a crime story, I’ll look for another book from this series.
You can find the book here.
Keep you safe by Melissa Hill
What a book! It reminded me of Jodi Picoult’s books with its controversial topic and writing style of the author.
Kate is a nurse, widow, and a mom of Rosie. Madeleine is a stay-at-home mom, mommy blogger, and has a daughter Clara. Both girls are unvaccinated, Rosie due to an allergy that prevents her from getting vaccinated and Clara because her parents are against vaccines. One day both girls get measles.
It seems that Clara might be the one who brought the disease to school and jeopardized other children. Rosie has a more severe reaction to the disease and ends up in the hospital. To take care of her daughter, Kate needs to stay home and is losing her income. As a single parent, Kate has a difficult time also financially. After some persuasion, Kate decides to sue Clara’s parents for negligence.
The book covers the lawsuit and provides two points of view on vaccination.
The book is available here.
The Wonder Weeks by Hetty Van de Rijt, Frans Plooij, and Xaviera Plas-Plooij
I spent a long time looking for a good book about baby development, not only regarding body and motor skill’s milestones but also mental development.
I just started to read this books, but I love it. Since it covers the first 20 months of a baby’s life and describes 10 developmental leaps, I’ll continue to read it for months.
I love that the authors’ have a great experience and background. They have degrees in educational psychology, physical anthropology, and behavioral biology. They have done a lot of research which lead them to findings published in this book. I like the way the book is structured and written, and the ease with which it reads.
Each chapter describes one of the developmental leaps, sharing the signs that your baby is about to experience it and tips on what you can do to help your baby. Snippets of experience of other parents also help to make the whole topic more relatable and better understandable.
I’m still at the very beginning of this book but cannot wait to read it alongside my baby’s development.
You can find the book here.
What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff
I was reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting during my pregnancy and liked the way it was written and structure. It was a no-brainer to select this book to follow during the baby’s first year.
Each chapter is dedicated to a month in the baby’s life. It describes the milestones baby will reach and lists the exams typically performed in that month’s checkup. It also answerers plenty of questions parents have at any given stage of their baby’s life.
I love that the book sums up all the burning questions (and there are many) new parents have. The book describes what’s normal and to be expected, and when it’s the time to call the doctor or go to the ER. It helps to ease a lot of new parent’s stresses and worries (at least for me) and prepares you for what to expect.
You can find the book here.
And that’s all friends. How was your summer, reading-wise? Did you come across a book worth recommending? Please, share in the comments!
Happy (almost) weekend!