Books that take you places (July 2022 reads)

I am a little bummed out that I have not gone traveling for the past two years. I would have like to use the opportunity to travel this summer with Lana while my husband was in annual training but I just started my new job. Don’t get me wrong — I enjoy my new job a lot. It has made my life a lot better with a shorter commute and a well-supported team.

Anyways since I’m not travelling this summer (or likely not for a while), I decided to made my reading list more focused books that will take me to places. I’ll just call it my Summer Escape Reads.

I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody. End of fucking story.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Destination: A road trip around the United States, Los Angeles Sunset Strip in the 1970s

Review: This book exceeded my expectations. I was expecting a fluffier version of The Final Revival of Opal and Nev but it proved me wrong. While most people like to focus on the tensions between Daisy and Billy, I preferred the focus on the three main women, Daisy, Karen, and Camila, on how they represented the different kinds of womanhood. It made me reflect on my womanhood and how I see bits of myself in each of these women.

Scientists talk about how we inherit health issues from our parents through our genes, but we also inherit this entire lineage of fear and pain—generations of it.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Destination: Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, the UK, and more!

Review: This is the last book of the Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy. I’ve read all of them and in order. I thoroughly enjoyed Rich People Problems. I thought everything wrapped up quite nicely. But what I most enjoyed about this book was this one major twist. It left my mind scrambling wondering how are they going to *spoiler alert* continue living the lifestyles they have?

“Life is just a series of dumb decisions and indecisions and coincidences that we choose to ascribe meaning to.”

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Destination: New York City and Jamaica

Review: I think this was the cutest YA story ever! The book spans the course of 24 hours of the life of two people and how their paths cross. I like how point-of-view is the universe so you get to know everything about all the characters (minor characters included) and side notes without it being overwhelming.

I am looking forward to next month to share more Summer Escape Reads.

Do you have any books that take you places? Comment below!

Here are the cookbooks I read this month:

Healthy Living Made Easy was free with my first purchase from Thrive Market. I got a free 2-year subscription through my work. I thought “why not?” and decided to join. This cookbook has a lot of product placement since they are an online healthy food store. But for me I am lucky to have a Sprouts market in my area where I do have access to these specialty ingredients at an affordable price. I do look forward to making the salt and vinegar brussels sprout chips. You don’t need an airfryer (RIP my airfryer) or any fryer — you can make the chips in the oven.

Campfire Cuisine by Robin Donovan was a lot of fun to explore but I probably would attempt the recipe from home before I pack all the ingredients on a camping trip to try to make it the first time. I would not do all gourmet food for each course on a camping. Probably I’ll do one gourmet dish on a camping trip and rest of the meals would be hot dogs, eggs, rice, and instant noodles.

Tag: What’s On Your Bookshelf is a monthly link-up co-hosted by Debbie (Deb’s World), Jo (And Anyways), Sue (Women Living Well After 50) and Donna (Retirement Reflections). #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge

12 thoughts on “Books that take you places (July 2022 reads)”

  1. I really enjoyed “Rich people problem”. I have not read any of the other books on the trilogy, but this one made me laugh and I was intrigued by the differences compared to western culture. I really liked it!

    Reading is definitely a journey. I love reading novels about places I love, and places I want to visit, because it lets me experience the place through someone else eyes. At the moment I’m reading mostly work related books. I’m starting a new job in two weeks and even though I am on vacation I would really like to get a head start on my new job.

    I read a lot and this summer is no exception, the two best books I’ve read this summer was in Swedish. One took place in the town where I live a couple hundred years ago when everyone made their living off the big copper mine. It’s based on real events and real people, and was most interesting. It was way too short! It left me with a feeling of wanting more. Many of the places mentioned in the book still exists, and I pass by them almost daily, that gave the book extra value.

    Have a great rest of your weekend!

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    1. The Swedish copper mine town sounds interesting. I assume it was about the environmental impacts? Is it still a copper mine town? “Rich People Problems” was a really fun book. I recommend reading the trilogy!

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      1. I might do that 🙂
        Yes, our town is still known as a Copper town, even though there is no active mining here now its what the town is known for.

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  2. I’ve often looked at Daisy Jones and the 6 and wondered if I’d enjoy it so it was great to read your thoughts here. The Crazy Rich Asian books have been great so I must look for the third one now that you’ve mentioned it. Thanks so much for joining us for WOYBS this month. I really enjoyed your summer escape theme and look forward to the next instalment!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! I am strictly sticking to my TBR pile so I thought deciding on my next read should be around a theme to help narrow down my choices so I picked travel :-). Regarding “Daisy Jones” I waited a while for the hype to die down. If I read the book shortly after the hype, I would be thinking about what other people liked about the hyped-up book.

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    1. I have a large TBR pile too, Jennifer. I’ve focusing on that all this year since they’ve been on my TBR for so long. I’m trying not to get distracted by new releases :-p.

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  3. This post has reminded me I still need to read the other 2 books in the Crazy Rich Asians series. I also still need to read Daisy Jones. Thanks for linking up.

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