What I Read In June 2019
Something about the beginning of June gave me the urge to want to get back into reading books. I’ve been putting it aside because I always told myself “I’m too busy“. But the reality is, if something is a priority we make time, am I right? Think about it. At work, when there is a high profile project with a tight deadline on top of your day to day tasks, you get it done. You’re a working Mom that wants to make it to your kid’s soccer game, you made sure you make it.
So why do we push aside things that spark joy in our life?! I’m putting what I love as a priority. I can’t let “busy” be an excuse.
What I Read In June 2019
I’m probably late to the game reading this book. It was initially a book to read in a book club I was in with some friends about 5 years(ish) ago? I was the one that came for the wine. Because ya know I “didn’t have time to read”. However, I was interested to read it. Plus, I wanted to read this book before seeing the movie that comes out this August.
Honestly, I struggled at first reading this book. I couldn’t get into it. The book was written from Bernadette’s daughter’s point of view. So at first, I was confused about the style of writing. I read the first 30 pages, and pretty much stopped and forgot about it. It wasn’t until our trip to Copenhagen that I picked it up again. With the long flight and layover, I needed something to occupy me. It forced me to read the book and I was glad I pushed through. After getting through the first 1/3 of the book, it got really good and I couldn’t put it down. I was able to finish the book during our flight!
I heard a lot of buzz about this book last summer. Everyone I knew loved it. I figured why not see what the hype is all about. Because of how initially disappointed I was with Where’d You Go Bernadette, I didn’t have high expectations. To my surprise, I loved it the moment I started reading it! This is one of those books that is written in the 3 main characters’ point of view. Each chapter focuses on one of the characters’ perspectives. What makes this style/set up of this book different is that instead of focusing on one scenario at a time and hearing it from each character’s perspective, each character’s narrative picks up where the last character’s scene was. So basically, the storyline continues instead of talking about one scene at a time.
In a way, I was able to relate to each of the main characters. They were all so different, but hearing their thoughts about their struggle or challenges, I was able to reflect and realize I had something similar or I was able to relate. I was especially able to relate when one of them talked about the different lifestyle from city to suburban living. When my parents moved from the city to the suburbs, I definitely felt that same way and almost saw the same changes.
My mother-in-law let me borrow this book because I thought it would be a fun book to learn more about the White House and U.S. Presidents. To my surprise, I loved every single thing about this book! I couldn’t put it down! This book basically talks about the Residence Staff of the White House. It is the people behind the scenes that serve the first family (and so much more). These are the butlers, ushers, housemaids, cooks, etc of the White House.
Hearing from these staff members is RARE. These people want to be invisible and really don’t care for the recognition or being in the public eye. And you can tell from this book that they are holding back some information. Nevertheless, the information they shared is so fascinating. I find this book so fascinating because of the character of these people. They respect and really care about the first family. The amount of loyalty, respect and dedication amazes me. They have no objective but to serve the family (no political gains, career advancements, etc). It’s so refreshing! To be honest, it is very rare to hear these days.
Many of us (as in the U.S. citizens) see the President and the first family as one of the most powerful people of this nation. To these staff members, they see them as people. And I loved hearing the relationships they built with the first family and loved hearing how much the first family respects them. Political views aside, they respected one another. That’s so rare to hear these days. Plus, these staff members see a side we don’t see. Some facts about the Presidents and the families didn’t surprise me, and some just made me love them more.
So there ya go, these are the books I read so far this summer. Have you read any of the 3 books I just mentioned?! I’m currently reading The Bride Test. This is one of the many book recommendations you all shared with me! I’ve only read the first 10 pages but I’m really loving it. This makes me more excited to want to read more of your book recommendations!
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