What I’ve Read This Summer

My original goal for this summer was to clear some books from my TBR pile (honestly, it’s getting ridiculous!), BUT there have been some amazing new releases this summer. Because of that, my summer reading list has been a mixed bag of old and new.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim has been my favorite book that’s come out this summer. It is Mulan meets Project Runway with an adventurous twist. The protagonist is a girl who must compete against much more experienced men in order to gain the position of Court Tailor to the Emperor. But of course, being a woman, she has to go the extra mile by creating three dresses – one from the laughter of the sun, one from the tears of the moon, and the last from the blood of the stars. Lim’s voice is enthralling and will keep you interested from start to finish.

The Rest of the Story is Sarah Dessen’s latest and it has the usual Dessen flair. Believable characters in a believable setting. You will feel like you too are spending the summer by the lake and getting to know these long lost relatives. Being a Dessen novel, of course there is also a romance to go along with the story of a girl getting to know not only herself, but her late mother as well. You will laugh. You will cry. You will swoon.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco has become a popular series that I’m just getting around to reading. The main charcter is apprenticing with her uncle who works as a medical school professor. It takes place in Victorian Era London so her passion is not exactly met with enthusiasm, especially when she takes it on herself to take down the infamous Jack the Ripper.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan was another book sitting on my TBR. Initially I was concerned it would be a little too depressing to swallow – the subject matter deals with suicide so it is certainly not a feel good novel. However, the imagery and prose are beautiful and Pan does an amazing job of depicting a girl getting to know her mother who has recently killed herself and who is reconciling her life now that her mother is gone.

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