WHAT I READ: Q2 2019

Normally at this time of year I would have a What I Read post, but I have to be honest with you guys. I haven’t read a damn thing since my last What I Read post. The reality is that edits are a brutal process, and I haven’t been able to focus on a single other thing. I didn’t want to read. All I wanted to do was disconnect my brain in front of something cheesy like The Bachelorette or Love Island.

Q3, on the other hand, is going to be FULL OF BOOKS! I’ve got the bug again, and I’ve already picked up a couple of things to start. So this post I’m going to share my TBR pile at the moment instead:

  • His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

Can you believe I’ve never read these books? They’re my husband’s favourite, and we have like 4 different copies and all the complementary books, but I’ve never cracked them open. I’d really like to have read them before the HBO series this autumn, so I think these will be the next ones I pick up!

  • The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

I’ve read the first two books in this series, but I’ve never finished the third one. I do love the other two, so I think it might finally be time to finish out the trilogy.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

So I tried to read her first book Truly, Madly, Guilty, and I didn’t finish it. It wasn’t that great. But then I loved Big Little Lies. So I’m going to give this one a go and hope that the first book was just her first pancake.

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

This has been on my shelf for AGES, but I’ve never gotten around to it. It is my favourite genre though, so I think this one will go on our trip to America with me!

  • Nod by Adrian Barnes

A friend of mine read this and gave it a less-than-raving review, but it sounded too intriguing to pass up.

  • Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

I loved Girl, Wash Your Face so much, despite how controversial it seems to be. I can’t wait to read the new one and already have it loaded on my Kindle.

  • How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne

The reviews got me on this one. I tend to like just about anything Dolly Alderton recommends, so this one made the cut!

  • The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal

I adored Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, so this one was a no-brainer for me.

  • The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

I’m gonna be honest, I judged this book by its cover. Let’s hope the inside lives up to the outside.

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney

A couple of months ago I bought a stack of books in Waterstones, and the cashier said “if that’s your bag, you’re gonna want to add this one,” and handed me Normal People. I’ve only heard positive things about it since then, so I’m excited for this one!

  • Educated by Tara Westover

This is meant to be our next book club read, and it’s another one I’ve heard great things about.

Is there anything not on my list that should be there? Or have you read one of these? Tweet me @samanthajgale and let me know! And if you’re looking for a new addition to your summer TBR, grab your copy of my book The Summer House in Santorini, out 7 August, for just 99p in the UK here or for $2.99 in the US here!

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