Good morning, readers, and happy July! Let’s kick off the month with the best things I read on the internet this week:
• How to read an entire book in a single day. “Reading an entire book in a matter of hours may seem daunting, but it all comes down to simple math.”
• Seven favorite outfits for the summer. I love Emily’s style.
New Book of the Month picks are here.
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A new month means new picks for Book of the Month. Here’s a look at the July offerings:
- The Child by Fiona Barton. The much-anticipated follow-up from the author of the surprise bestseller The Widow. I read this in a day—for this storyline, imagine Kate Morton meets Deborah Crombie.
- Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong. The critics love this (read the Kirkus review here); I couldn’t get into it. It was a little dark and sad for me, but I’m not ruling out a second try.
- American Fire by Monica Hesse. If you loved S-Town, this true crime investigation into a mysterious East Coast arson spree is for you. It comes out on July 11 but you can get it early with BOTM.
- The Windfall by Diksha Basu. Judge Rachel Syne calls this “a bubbly, fun, witty comedy of manners about a family attempting a lifestyle upgrade in Delhi.” I adored Jennifer E. Smith’s new YA novel Windfall: in her version an 18-year-old kid wins the lottery, in Basu’s a New Delhi family makes an instant fortune selling a website.
- Final Girls by Riley Sager. Stephen King called this “the first great thriller of 2017,” which made my ears perk up. Release date is July 11 but get it early when you add it to your box.
Above: you can see my dedicated Book of the Month shelf on my bookshelves, because I think they look so pretty lined up all in a row.
• Book of the Month has recently changed their pricing structure: now you can sign up for a one, two, or three month membership for $10/month.
• Sign up for two months or more and get a free tote bag with the code TOTALLY.
• Each month Book of the Month announces a small, carefully curated selection of hardcovers members can add to their box for $9.99 each. This month one of my favorites is available as a $9.99 add-on: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Roxane Gay’s brand-new memoir Hunger is also available for $9.99.
Sign up here; and please share your experience with any of these titles in comments.
On the blog:
One year ago: What makes a relationship work? 10 tips for making it last. On my anniversary, drawn from one of my recent favorite nonfiction reads.
Two years ago: The life-changing magic of tidying up, six months later.
Three years ago: Books I want to read this summer that happen to be YA.
Four years ago: Burst of insight. In MBTI speak: I still can’t believe I used to think I was a J.
Five years ago: Like blackberries on the vine. Thoughts on growing up—especially on the twenty-something years.
Have a great weekend!