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Alison's July Reads

by Books Contributor Alison


June gloom gave way to a STELLAR reading month in July. I read 16 books and it was hard to figure out which were my favorites because they were all so so good, but these are my top seven. I’m glad it was such a good month because I haven’t even finished one book yet in August—our new puppy, Panda, is taking all my reading time!


The Nickel Boys was heartbreaking and amazing. I know the Pulitzer committee isn’t waiting for my endorsement, but ya got it!


The Glass Hotel. How can I even explain this book—except it is the most perfectly plotted book ever!


The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. Steel Magnolias meets Stephen King—like nothing I’ve read before. Hilarious and gory all at the same time.


My Own Country: A Doctor's Story. Abraham Verghese’s first book, a memoir about being a doctor in the dawn of the AIDS crisis, startlingly parallels how the government is handling the current pandemic.


New Waves. A great recommendation from a friend about a startup is perfect for anyone who has ever had a job!


Friends and Strangers. I loved this book so much. An exploration of the relationship between a new mom and her nanny. Hilarious and cringeworthy.


Finally, 28 Summers by my favourite writer, Elin Hilderbrand. I was saving this and saving this because I didn’t want it to be over. My mom told me she was halfway through it and had to discuss. So I had to read it. I loved this “Same Time Next Year” story and don’t want to wait for her next book! Happy Reading!

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