After last month’s binge read of the entire Shadowhunter universe I took it easy in July. I only (technically) read 2.5 books in my attempt to savor rather than burn through. Here we go.
- A Certain Age – I have fully absorbed the Beatriz Williams Kool-Aid. I am a huge fan and have read every one of her novels so I was REALLY excited for ACA to come out but sadly I was a little disappointed. For me, it lacked the light smooth read that her books usually provide. She experimented with a murder mystery plot (apparently it is a reinterpretation of an opera?) and I wasn’t super into having it be a sub plot of a historical fiction novel. Sophie was a likable enough character but I just could not get behind Theresa no matter how hard I tried. Solid 3 out of 5 stars.
- First Women – I LOVED this book. First Women focuses on the group of First Ladies who have held the position since 1960 – Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Patricia Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. The author interviewed past aids, workers, family members and even the First Ladies themselves to compile a fascinating background on each woman. The book talks about things like their husband’s run up to the White House, what issues they personally tackled while in Washington and their continued legacy after leaving. Each Lady dealt with extreme hardships not only personally, but also nation wide while in office and getting to see the perspective from the East Wing made this a fantastic read. 4 out of 5 stars.
- Poems That Make Grown Women Cry – I’m going to be honest and tell y’all that I have only made it through about half of this book. With poetry books I prefer to read them sparingly rather than just burn through them. My favorite thing to do is to keep one on my nightstand and read a few poems each night before bed so I can sit with them as I’m falling asleep. What this book does different than other poem compilations is that it gives you a little intro to each poem by the woman who chose it. You get to read firsthand how this particular poem moved and impacted each woman which gives it even more of a voice. Even given that I’m only halfway through PTMGWC I can still say that it is an amazing compilation of poems chosen by equally amazing women and I would highly recommend it. 5 out of 5 stars.