This Week's Topic is: What was the best book you read in July?
A quick check of Goodreads shows that I had a whopping THREE five-star reads this month, all right in a row! That's especially unusual for me; usually a five-star read is followed by a three-star read because I'm still so blown away by what I just read that nothing seems to measure up. (One of the many reasons that all Goodreads ratings should be taken with a grain of salt; I try to be as fair as I can, but I've noticed that pattern over time.)
Anyway, my three five-star reads were:
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley: This book is just so strange that it grabbed my brain in a different sort of way and really wormed its way in. I went in expecting strange, and I got it; what I didn't expect was how real it felt at the same time.
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: Somehow, even better and sweeter than Anna and the French Kiss. Lola Nolan is my hero; Cricket Bell is my high school dream guy (even though he's in college!) This is my winner for book of the month because of Lola's outsized personality, screw-ups, sweetness (it's under there!), awesome family, outrageous costumes, and just overall excellence.