June/July Wrap-Up

So many book bloggers have started to do this, or I have just started to notice it. This is such a fun little thing to do!

Throughout July, I traveled to several places, and along the way I had to pick up a couple of books. Either I had just finished a book before a train ride or I was just about to get on an airplane and had finished it. Either way, there was always a bookstore nearby, so I happened to pop in and always came out with a book.


  • After hearing so many people raving about it, I decided to read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. It was worth all of the rage that people were giving it. It talked about issues that our society has been ignoring, and how hard it is to pick yourself up after a painful breakup.


  • One of my professors assigned us to read The Kite Runner by¬†Khaled Hosseini¬†before the semester started, so I decided to check that off my *cringes at these dreaded words* back-to-school list. It was lovely. I don’t even want to try to describe how I feel towards that book just yet.
  • I read Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner on my flights over to Portugal and Italy. It was such a nice read that put me in the European mood and enlightened me about Coco Chanel’s life. I love historical fiction, by the way.


  • While in Siena for the Palio, I walked by a bookstore and saw an author that I recognized! Daughter of Siena by Marina Fiorato wrote a historical piece that took place at the Palio and gave me some historical background that helped to make that experience even more meaningful.
  • While waiting for a train in Florence, I picked up The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead after being curious about it for a couple of months but never having the motivation. It was a fairly quick read for me and I hope to have the review for it written soon.


  • As July is beginning to bleed into the humid August weather, I came back home and began reading Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler after hearing one of my favorite YouTubers (HelloKaty) rave about it. I will admit that I’ve been very skeptical about this book, but it was a gritty coming-of-age story that was enlightening to read.
  • In the very last week of July, I finished reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. If you’ve read Rowell’s book Fangirl, then you know that this was a fictional book that Cath wrote fan fiction about. Rowell decided to bring it to life, and holy heck it is amazing! Now I’m super in the mood for fantasy.


My reading choices for this summer may not have fanned out the way I wanted them to, but that’s okay. I am very happy with how my reading and writing style has developed this summer, and in the end, isn’t that what we all want?


What was on your reading lists this summer?


Love Loren

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I'm an avid reader who can't get her nose out of a book. I am an English undergraduate student in the Midwest who dreams of being an author one day.

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