All evidence to the contrary, there was more than eating and drinking done on our vacation in Maine. There was reading, too! And there has been reading since which is all just to say that I’ve got 3 bingos on my Summer Book Bingo Card.
I’ve got plans for all of the squares that are left except for one: originally published in the 19th century. I’m open to suggestions but just know that I was an English major in college and I specialized in 19th Century English Literature. So. I’ve read a lot of the good ones already.
Here are my reviews since we last talked about books.
Jennifer McMahon writes great ghost stories and this one is entertaining with a twist I didn’t expect. Highly recommended for fans of supernatural mysteries.
Bingo Square: Thriller
Just as the title suggests, this book is about women talking – talking about sexual abuse, religion, loyalty, rage, power, choices, the future and so much more. I felt like it dragged sometimes but the ending was powerful and full of hope.
Bingo Square: Title that’s a character’s name
The first of 3 graphic novels telling the story of John Lewis. I enjoyed the format and the narrative and will definitely be reading the other 2.
Bingo Square: Month or day of the week in the title
This book has given me a lot to think about. I am learning to honor my hunger and give my body the food it wants without judgment or shame. Recommended for anyone who has struggled with dieting.
Bingo Square: About food
I highlighted 48 sections of this book, that should tell you just how meaningful I found it to be. Great stuff for anyone working with exploring vulnerability, enhancing relationships, and living your best life. Highly recommended.
Bingo Square: Any book
A beautifully written and truly moving tale about a friendship that develops between two people who find each other at just the right time in an unexpected way. Themes of love and loss, despair and hope, make this a really wonderful epistolary novel. Highly recommended.
Bingo Square: Protagonist with a different gender from your own
I loved this engrossing family drama. It’s story is tragic but beautiful and the themes of love and forgiveness filled me with hope.
Bingo Square: Recommended in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide
This is an entertaining book for the summer, a fast and simple read. It won’t challenge you or stretch your imagination but it will possibly enchant you and probably make you smile.
Bingo Square: Speculative fiction
I never read this as a child, probably because I tended to avoid fantasy and science fiction. Truth be told, I still do. Nevertheless, I truly enjoyed this classic story and the world that L’Engle created. The wonder, awe, fear and hope the characters experience resonated with me.
Bingo Square: Fantasy
Fun and delightful, particularly for fans of Gilmore Girls.
Bingo Square: Biography
Carter was president when I was a child and it was interesting to read this and remember the things that were on the news back then and hear his perspective on what was happening. I enjoyed reading about his childhood, military career and post presidential life as well.
Bingo Square: Memoir or autobiography of a US political figure
A brutally honest and eerily real story of the descent into mental illness and depression. It’s sad because of the parallels to Plath’s own struggles but that’s what makes it very very brilliant.
Bingo Square: An author from the state where you live
And that’s my summer reading update for mid July.