• Syd Young

July Books

Speaking of books—

Pic 1. July Reads!

Pic 2. Non Fiction reading (not finished)


July was weird—got Covid, got better, relapsed bad, read a lot. Here are my faves.



1. Remarkably Bright Creatures, spectacular debut by Shelby Van Pelt. An older woman, a young man, & an octopus at their cross-roads. All the feels. 🐙 💙🐙💙🐙💙🐙💙

2. The Last Bookshop in London, by Madeline Martin—A young woman finds herself a job at a bookstore right on the cusp of WWII. 💖💖💖💖

3. In the Face of the Sun, by Denny S. Bryce (fell in love with her #wildwomenandtheblues last year). Great characters, action, & historical scenes. I so love Denny’s amazing musical/dance historical scenes, this time in glitzy 1928 Los Angeles and the ‘60s.

3. The Social Graces by Renee Rosen. So great & now I think I know what will happen in The Gilded Age Season 2! 🍾🥂🍾🥂

5. Joan, the novel of Joan of Arc m, by Katherine J. Chen—Lovers of Hamnet & Matrix, this is your next lyrical, choice, which will show you a gritty Joan you never before imagined. I’ve been to Rouen, so extra special!

6. Glad to see a new Katherine Center—The Bodyguard. Pure brain Candy. ❤️🔥️‍🔥‍🔥🔥

7. Book Lovers, by Emily Henry—by far my favorite of hers. Brimming with book talk & emotional depth! An agent and an editor summer in the same small South Carolinian town, and voila—THE Beach Read of the year.

8. The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle, by Jennifer Ryan. When a clothes designer’s shop/apartment is bombed during WWII, she returns to her titled family’s estate, and she, her nephew, and her niece will never be the same, as the seek safety and happiness.

9. The Serpent and the Pearl, by Kate Quinn, as well as the next in series, The Lion and the Rose—awesome story about people serving the Borgias. Please, please we need a new Peter Dinklage series to binge & this is IT!! ❤️🔥️‍🔥‍🔥🔥❤🔥❤️🔥



As to the Non Fiction, I was kinder to myself, being sick and all. I mostly turned to Dreyer whose snarky, lovable voice is pure comfort to an English major. Pandora’s Jar is blowing my mind, and Monet’s Garden is comfort to this nature loving farmer’s daughter. 👩🏻‍🌾

What did y’all read?

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