Book Recommendations: July 2020

We have made it to July which means another month of reading books! With the weather warming up, now is a good time to go to the park and read a book while practicing social distancing! Here are this month’s book recommendations chosen by me.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing is a book about a girl that lives in the marshes by herself and has little contact with the outside world. However, the outside world won’t leave her alone while her old lover returns back into her life. The novel is a wonderful tale about nature, survival, heartbreak, and humanity. It’s the perfect book to read in the summer and makes a great book recommendation to friends!

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha is an amazing true story of the life of a geisha. Reading this book feels like traveling to another world because of the rules surrounding a geisha. Life for for these women were different and there story was meant to be written and told about. Getting submersed in a new culture

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Continuing the trend of books taking places in other countries, Americanah is the third on our list of books to read in July. It is a novel about Ifemelu and her dual life in the United States and her childhood in Nigeria. We take a trip down memory lane with Ifemelu and take a journey with her as she returns back to Nigeria. This is an amazing book told about a black woman moving to the United States and leaving all she knows behind while learning what it means to be black in this new country.

Fruit of a Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Fruit of a Drunken Tree is a wonderful tale told through the eyes of children and how they see the world Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra know that their mom has a big heart. She hires nannies that are in need of a job and wants to help them. Petrona, the live-in maid hired by the Santiago family, wants to provide for her family and also please her new boyfriend. She gets caught up in a messy situation when her boyfriend pressures her into giving her information on the Santiago family. Now she must choose between between the Santiago family or sacrifice them for her own safety.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

A Confederacy of Dunces is about Ignatius Jacques Reilly and the odd jobs he does while he carries out his passionate and eccentric plans. It is a comedy hidden behind the tragic existence of Ignatius who lives in denial and delusion. He would have fit in perfectly in today’s world and it’s many conspiracy theories. While Ignatius is brilliant, it is also his downfall because he thinks he is always the smartest in the room and listens to his thoughts only which conceal his shortcomings and barge on his farce reality. 

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is a modern classic and a book that should be read once at least. It is a story about two boys who grew up in Afghanistan together. Was has torn up their childhood home and upended their lives. Hosseini’s novel is poetry in the form of a novel and a story about love and forgiveness, hopelessness and redemption. The novel has gone on to sell over seven million copies in the United States for a reason.

That is this month’s book recommendations. It’s a great mix of geographies and different types of books. There’s something for everyone and should hold you over till next month’s list. Happy reading!

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