Reading Round Up

  • The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

This was our book club pick for August. It’s a slow build with a very interesting reveal/wrap up ending. I struggled to care about any of the characters in particular, but am interested to hear what others thought and see where our discussion takes us.

  • You Should See Me in A Crown by Leah Johnson

I read this in one day and really enjoyed it. A YA diverse read set in Indiana (so nostalgic!) this book hits all the right notes of teenage drama and angst with characters you can root for (and recognize).

  • Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi

This memoir was on a list from Ann Bogel for those of us who enjoy food related reading. I am so glad I read this. There are many highs and lows, but it’s an encouraging demonstration of what grit, hard work, a dream, and being willing to say yes when the doors open can lead to.

  • Decoding Boys by Cara Natterson

I’ve had this book on hold forever, so I was eager to dive in. It was a big overwhelming and heart-rending to read, but this accessible review of puberty (focused primarily in boys) from a medical perspective with an emphasis on what it should mean for parenting was very helpful. Has me re-thinking screen policies…again.

  • I’ll Be There for You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller

I was all in on this quick read. Because I love the show Friends (from not being allowed to watch it in high school, to owning the complete DVD series before it was all on Netflix) this was nostalgic in the best way. It provides lots of behind the scenes details and the origin story of the show as well as assessing it’s impact on culture, as it aired and even now. A wonderful change of pace for this season.

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