July Wrap Up

What Happened This Month

I cannot believe it’s August already! July seems to have flown by. Many books I’m excited about came out this month, such as Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana. Also, at the bookstore I worked at, I worked an event with Joyce Carol Oates, which was incredible.

40B239F2-556B-4B10-96B9-99D9C85906A4.jpgWhat I’m Reading Right Now

I’m reading When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I’ve been searching for the perfect summer read and I think I’ve just about found it. Unexpectedly funny and heartfelt, Menon’s debut is perfect for a beach day. Although I’m not done with When Dimple Met Rishi, I have high hopes. Stay tuned!

What I Blogged About

Blog: Reviewing Writer’s Block. Here I talk about a changing blog and my hopes for Book Reviews by Ava’s future.

Review: The Burning Girl by Claire Messud. Gritty and layered, Messud’s 7th novel may have what seems like esoteric details, but that’s exactly what I liked about it.

Review: A Million Junes by Emily Henry. Not just my 100th review, A Million Junes has turned into a surprising favorite about family, love, and growing up.

Review: Be True to Me by Adele Griffin. I felt this beach read lacked both authenticity and depth.

What I’m Excited for in August

August 8: The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian is released. Nazemian’s young adult debut is about two Iranian-American girls grappling with their heritage.

August 22: After the Game by Abbi Glines comes out. This novel about rape in a small town is part biting social commentary, part family story.

August 22: Stephanie Oakes’ second novel, The Arsonist hits shelves. I didn’t love Oakes’ debut, but her second novel sounds promising and full of mystery.

August 28: Abdi Nazemian + David Ebershoff discuss Nazemian’s second novel at the Strand in NYC.

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