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TBR: July 2018

Hi friends,

Hope you all had a great fourth (in the States and outside)! Mine was a blast, spent time with family – then went to a park. For the firework show, we watched it right on the beach. Let me tell you, there is no firework more beautiful than one that is over water (in my opinion). The water lights up and reflects the explosions, and shimmers, of light. It was a great start to what will hopefully be a great month.

Meanwhile, (and I know it is a few days late) I have yet to finish a single book in the month of July so here is a list of what I hope to read. Based on the fact that I read 6 books in the month of June, this list is also 6 books long. I hope to read more of course, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves! In no particular order, here we go!

  1. Implanted – I have already started this one, so I don’t know whether quite counts – but it’s a great thriller and I am super excited to share the review in July. It will be released on August 7th, 2018 so pre-order now!Synopsis: The data stored in her blood can save a city on the brink… or destroy it, in this gripping cyberpunk thriller

    When college student Emery Driscoll is blackmailed into being a courier for a clandestine organisation, she’s cut off from the neural implant community which binds the domed city of New Worth together. Her new employers exploit her rare condition which allows her to carry encoded data in her blood, and train her to transport secrets throughout the troubled city. New Worth is on the brink of Emergence – freedom from the dome – but not everyone wants to leave. Then a data drop goes bad, and Emery is caught between factions: those who want her blood, and those who just want her dead.


  2. Tooth and Nail: The Making of a Female Fight Doctor – This is one that I am stoked to read because of the medical side that comes with any kind of memoir about doctors/ doctoring. I loved the last memoir I read, so hopefully this one will be just as amazing. Tooth and Nail will be out July 24th, so make sure to preorder now!

Synopsis: Fresh out of medical school, Linda Dahl began her surgical residency in the Bronx as a total fish out of water. Growing up in a Middle Eastern family in the American Midwest, she was a born outsider, and in her new community in New York, she felt even more isolated. Even at work she struggled to fit in: among her fellow specialists, she was one of the only women.

One night, at her husband’s urging, Dahl watched a boxing match between Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya. Seeing Mosley survive against the odds gave Dahl hope that she, too, could find her footing. As her fandom grew, boxing became a way to connect with her patients and community. Later, when she was in practice on the Upper East Side, Dahl received a phone call from the New York State Athletic Commission. They were looking for a fight doctor. Dahl accepted.

Tooth and Nail chronicles the years Dahl spent as an ear, nose and throat surgeon by day and a ringside physician by night. Intrepid, adrenaline-fueled and loaded with behind-the-scenes takes on famous boxers, including Mike Tyson, Wladimir Klitschko and Miguel Cotto, Dahl’s story offers a modern examination of sexism, dislocation, the theater of boxing and a road map for how to excel in two very different male-dominated worlds.


3.  Grace and Fury – This YA novel caught my eye right away. Not long after I saw it on some of the most anticipated releases lists and it only cemented my decision to read this book. I love when women step out of the role that they have been groomed to play (particularly when it is set in a palace) and can’t wait to settle in to this one. Preorder now, this one comes out at the very end of July.

Synopsis: Bold, brutal, and beautiful–a must-read fantasy full of fierce sisterhood, action, and political intrigue for fans of The Selection series, Caraval, and The Handmaid’s Tale.

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.
Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.
Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

4.  The Widow’s Watcher – This is a little different from the rest of the books on my TBR this month, but still one I greatly look forward to. It will be a little bit heavier of a read, I think, but I am ready to be all up in my feels. Best part – anyone can join along! This one is out already.

 Synopsis:From Eliza Maxwell, the bestselling author of The Unremembered Girl, comes a gripping novel about the mysteries that haunt us and the twists of fate that can unravel them…

Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isn’t about to let her follow through.

Jenna Shaw didn’t ask for Lars’s help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In Jenna, Lars recognizes his last chance for redemption. And in her quest to solve the mysteries of Lars’s past and bring him closure, Jenna may find the way out of her own darkness.

But the truth that waits threatens to shatter it all. When secrets are surrendered and lies are laid bare, Jenna and Lars may find that accepting the past isn’t their greatest challenge. Can they afford the heartbreaking price of forgiveness?


5. A Normal Life: A Memoir – While I have not read Johnny’s Girl (and am debating whether or not I want to) I also have heard really good things about this memoir. The hard copy I received in the mail was somewhat smallish so hopefully this will be a quick read – but a good one. This book is also currently available

Synopsis: In her critically acclaimed first book, Johnny’s Girl, Kim Rich presented the story of her unconventional childhood as the daughter of an Alaskan mobster and a troubled showgirl. This new memoir picks up where Johnny’s Girl left off, retelling the story of the author’s nearly lifelong pursuit to live what she thought to be “a normal life.”

Rich tugs at your heartstrings as you follow her journey toward normalcy, from her teen years, freshly orphaned, through her high school years spent couch-surfing at local families’ homes, then through her itinerant college years, a failed first marriage, and a rising career as a journalist. Through frank and down-to-earth storytelling, Rich also tells of her grandfather’s kidnapping, a frightening health crisis, and a six-year attempt to have children.

In A Normal Life, Rich recounts her vivid story of being an ordinary girl faced with extraordinary circumstances—at seemingly every turn in life—with grace, humility, and wit.

A Normal Life


6. Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy – This book is very very different from what I normally read, but I feel like I should read something informative and useful every once in a while, and this book caught my eye. There is a new cover coming out and I will hopefully post that as soon as I get a chance to read the book – but I really look forward to sharing my thoughts on this. And who knows, maybe I will corner culture as well, after reading this book.

Synopsis and Awards: *The book that started the Techlash*
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

An Amazon Best Business & Leadership Book of 2017
Longlisted for Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2017

A strategy+business Best Business Book of 2017

A stinging polemic that traces the destructive monopolization of the Internet by Google, Facebook and Amazon, and that proposes a new future for musicians, journalists, authors and filmmakers in the digital age.

Move Fast and Break Things is the riveting account of a small group of libertarian entrepreneurs who in the 1990s began to hijack the original decentralized vision of the Internet, in the process creating three monopoly firms–Facebook, Amazon, and Google–that now determine the future of the music, film, television, publishing and news industries.

Jonathan Taplin offers a succinct and powerful history of how online life began to be shaped around the values of the men who founded these companies, including Peter Thiel and Larry Page: overlooking piracy of books, music, and film while hiding behind opaque business practices and subordinating the privacy of individual users in order to create the surveillance-marketing monoculture in which we now live.

The enormous profits that have come with this concentration of power tell their own story. Since 2001, newspaper and music revenues have fallen by 70 percent; book publishing, film, and television profits have also fallen dramatically. Revenues at Google in this same period grew from $400 million to $74.5 billion. Today, Google’s YouTube controls 60 percent of all streaming-audio business but pay for only 11 percent of the total streaming-audio revenues artists receive. More creative content is being consumed than ever before, but less revenue is flowing to the creators and owners of that content.

The stakes here go far beyond the livelihood of any one musician or journalist. As Taplin observes, the fact that more and more Americans receive their news, as well as music and other forms of entertainment, from a small group of companies poses a real threat to democracy. Move Fast and Break Things offers a vital, forward-thinking prescription for how artists can reclaim their audiences using knowledge of the past and a determination to work together. Using his own half-century career as a music and film producer and early pioneer of streaming video online, Taplin offers new ways to think about the design of the World Wide Web and specifically the way we live with the firms that dominate it.


How many of these have you read? Plan to read? I would love to hear your thoughts (and am always always looking for buddy reads) so hit me up anytime! Can’t wait to see everyone else’s TBRs and wish everyone a good luck. May this July be the best July you have ever had!

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