This month I am launching a new venture on the blog: Lottie & Me’s Monthly Reads! Monthly Reads will serve as our tribe’s very own book club. Each month, I will select three books in the categories of self-development, adult fiction, and young adult fiction. The following month, I will post my reviews of the books along with the next month’s selections. Read one, read all, or just follow along for the reviews. My hope is that through reading in community, we can all help carve out just a little more “me” time in this beautiful chaos we call motherhood.
I love hearing from you! Post your thoughts to #lottieandmetribe as you make your way through the books, or leave a comment below with your suggestions for the coming month. I’m so excited to read along with you!
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Self-Development Book Club Pick:
Cara Alwill Leyba’s Girl Code is all about supporting our fellow women. She touts the radical idea that women can get ahead by working together. If you’ve ever worked in corporate, you know firsthand just how aggressive women in the workplace can be. But since we’re all fighting an uphill battle, maybe it’s time we start pulling each other up instead of pushing each other down. Girl Code has been listed by Inc. magazine as one of the “Top 9 Inspiring Books Every Female Entrepreneur Should Read” and claims a message all mothers can live by–we’re in this together.
Adult Fiction Book Club Pick:
The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
Newly released in September, Rebecca Serle’s The Dinner List plays with that favorite ice breaker we’ve all had to face at one team meeting or another–if you could have dinner with any five people living or dead, who would you pick? In The Dinner List, heroine Sabrina Nielsen shows up for her 30th birthday dinner to find her five waiting to join her. You may be drawn to this novel because of Rebecca Serle’s role as co-developer of the Freeform series Famous in Love (if you haven’t watched, it’s guilty pleasure bingeing at its finest), but I was drawn to it because one of Sabrina’s five dinner guests is Audrey Hepburn. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a little Audrey?
YA Fiction Book Club Pick:
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Okay, so this one isn’t quite out yet. I may have gotten my hands on an ARC. But the rest of the world will be able to enjoy Becky Albertalli’s and Adam Silvera’s What If It’s Us beginning October 11th (although it is available for pre-order immediately). If you don’t recognize the names, Albertalli and Silvera are pretty much the definition of “big deal” in the YA world. You know that movie Love, Simon everybody raved about last spring? Yeah. Albertalli wrote the book behind it. Both are New York Times best-selling authors, and both represent the LGBTQ+ community in YA literature.
What if It’s Us tells the story of two boys, Arthur and Ben, who are living in New York City. We get to experience both their perspectives as the two discover if they’re fated to be together or destined to fall apart.
See you all next month to review and discuss! Don’t forget to post to #lottieandmetribe as you read along. I’ll be sure to add my own insights throughout the month. Looking forward to hearing from you!