What I Read: July 2013

I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of August and I’m just getting around to recapping my July reads! You know what they say, time flies while having fun 🙂 I’ve been traveling for work and pleasure but am so glad to be back on the blog! Check out my 3 reads last month:

Insurgent – Veronica Roth

In June I devoured the first book in this series, Divergent and LOVED it. If you need the details you can catch up on that review here. Naturally, I needed to follow up with book 2 right away. I have to say it was just as good and the things that bothered me with book 1 still continued to bother me. That whole violence > sex thing for teens is still really creepy. That being said, I’m on pins and needles for book 3 to come out in October. If you need your fix of teens fighting to the death, grab it here.

Serena – Ron Rash

This is the first book I’ve read by Ron Rash; an author I wouldn’t have thought to pick up. That being said, I’m so glad I did. This deeply dark and rugged drama is set during the the great depression in the mountains of North Carolina. The female lead for which the book is named, is unlike any other character I’ve come across. The book is beautiful and disturbing all at the same time. Rash does an amazing job of setting the scene in nature with this book as well. Without giving much away, a wealthy couple from the North marries and Serena, the wife, joins her new husband on his logging farm. She discovers right away he’s fathered a child out of wedlock and once she is declared barren she makes it her life’s mission to kill his husband’s only child. It’s that and so much more – if you are a fan of suspense pick it up here. Oh, did I mention it’s in the works to hit the big screen? I can’t wait to see how the film measures up.

Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

Let me just get this off my chest right away – I didn’t want to read this book, in fact, I think I did a great job of avoiding it for years. As a pretty serious traveler, I just thought to myself, how could it ever be interesting to hear what some rich white lady has to say about finding herself?  My curiosity (and this reading challenge) finally got the best of me, and I’m glad it did.

I have to say I really enjoyed this book. After living in Italy myself I was sure no one could let me enjoy it through their story – but I was wrong. I loved going to Italy with Liz – I loved going everywhere with her. Apparently like most women in the world who’ve read the book – we’ve all found a little piece of ourselves in Liz. I’m glad I took the time to read it. I was shocked to discover that her journey in Indonesian was my favorite part – as a yogi-in-progress I thought for sure I would most enjoy India. I only wish to have known what happened to Liz after her journey… the story really ends with just the journey.  If you haven’t read it – give it a try and please let me know what you think! Get it here.

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