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July 2017 Book Club

July 2017 Book Club

Happy Thursday, everybody! I’m so excited to share with y’all a new series I’m starting on this blog. Every month, I’m going to share the books I’m planning to read!

I used to read all the time for fun, to the point where my mom (who is a LIBRARIAN) would be like, that’s ENOUGH. Sadly, years of super intense schoolwork zapped my time for reading for fun, so I’ve set a goal for myself to read four books a month just because I want to. Every month, I’m going to read two fiction books and two nonfiction, as well as several academic books. HOWEVER, my Book Club series is just going to focus on the FUN books -- let me know in the comments below if you’re interested in a series on the more academic side of things!

Now, let’s get right into it!

The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities by Will Allen with Charles Wilson | Amazon


I actually picked this book up last summer at the Georgetown bookstore and haven’t gotten a chance to read it, and I’m still super excited about it! The author of The Good Food Revolution, Will Allen, was a pro basketball player before he became an urban farming guru. The problem that his organization, Growing Power, is fighting is really present in my own life. South Dallas may seem like a world away from Plano sometimes (particularly during rush hour), but it’s practically just down the road from me, and it’s categorized as a food desert. I can’t wait to learn from a successful urban farmer like Will Allen about how to combat this problem as a regular citizen!

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt | Amazon


The second book on my list is also the first fiction, though apparently the proper term for the genre that Midnight falls into is “faction,” which I totally love. Basically, because it’s based on true events, but is dramatized for effect, Midnight combines fact and fiction into one thing: FACTION. This book is, at least statistically, one of the best modern novels ever, seeing as it holds the record for longest-standing New York Times-Bestseller at 216 weeks. That’s just over FOUR YEARS as a Best-Seller! That’s crazy. Plus, fun fact, John Berendt and I share a birthday...well not the year…but we’re both December 5th babies! Hopefully that means something good for my writing career.

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman | Amazon


I bought Those Across the River at last year’s Friends of the Plano Public Library sale (hint hint about my next blog post!) and it’s been a YEAR since then (HINT HINT!!) but I still haven’t read it. I started it on the plane back from Florida a couple weeks ago, if “read the first three pages before getting distracted by cran-apple juice” counts as starting it! Another mystery, this time more supernatural, is definitely right up my alley. Also, Those Across the River is Christopher Buehlman’s debut novel, and as an aspiring novelist, I love seeing successful authors’ debuts. Buehlman now has quite the lineup of books, so depending on how this reading goes, I may have some picks for future book clubs lined up!

The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life by Ana Homayoun | Amazon


Finally, my last book is the second nonfiction tome for this month. My advisor actually gave me this book as a graduation present, and I’ve been waiting all summer for a chance to really focus and study it. Graduating from a rigorous all-girls school, I think this book probably should be required reading for every freshman at our school. It definitely took me the full four years of high school to acknowledge that the concept of success is different for everyone, and to be honest, I’m still working on not comparing myself to others and trying to fit myself into a box. I’m hoping this book will help!

So there you have it! If anyone is interested in joining the Thrive With Style bookclub, go to my Instagram and comment on today’s post about which book you’re most interested in, and if you’ve read one before. BONUS POINTS if you pick up one of these and read it with me this month!

Until next time!

XOXO, Maria


Disclaimer: The Amazon links above are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase a product through that link, I can earn money from Amazon. I only recommend products that I really love, and if y'all decide to purchase them, I hope y'all love them too! :) 

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