Show Us Your Books Link-Up: July 2020

Hello! How is everyone? Personally...I'm still riding the 2020 roller coaster. It's a mess. I have hope it is a rough season that will end, and the good times will come again...but definitely a roller coaster right now. 

Possibly to deal with that, I'm getting back in a reading groove. At one point my Goodreads yearly challenge was showing a deficit of 6 books, now it's down to 2. Which is definitely manageable. 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

This book...I love it. The Mothers is one of my all time favorite books, and I was almost scared to read this one because sometimes a sophmore attempt just doesn't quite spark as much as a debut. But this was amazing. It discusses confusing and difficult topics, but in such a beautiful and relatable goes down smooth. Reading it was like eating cheesecake- slow and smooth and delicious. 

A Wedding Thing (The One #3) by Shea Serrano, Larami Serrano

Full disclosure- I got this confused with another book (The Wedding Date). I figured out pretty quickly that it was a different story altogether, and enjoyed it...and then it was over! I didn't realize that it was part of a series, The One. But I'm definitely going to finish, because I enjoyed this so much and really love the idea of small, true love stories. 

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane 

I feel like I remember seeing this a lot a while's fairly popular on Kindle Unlimited. Either way, it was a cute enough little love story. I wouldn't say it's a must read at all, but (to quote Steph) it passed the time just fine. 

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

This was one of the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards- History & Biography. It was...good. The writing wasn't exactly the most engaging, and it could have been shorter IMO. That being said, I enjoyed the reality of looking deeper into the lives of people who were, essentially, written off as "one thing" in the media (in this case, prostitutes). Hearing of the riots and sensationalist news and poverty and health made me both incredibly tired and also somewhat hopeful. As I said in a previous post: Disease- protests- poverty- family drama- is both hopeful and depressing to realize all these years later, for all our progress, we still have the same issues. To different degrees, and in different places, but humanity struggles on. The absurdity of the human condition.

What have you been reading lately? Link-up and let us know!
Life According to Steph


  1. I'm curious about The Five. Sounds like it should be a library book or something instead of a buy though.


  2. The Vanishing Half seems to be popular! I am going to have to check it out :)

  3. I have The Vanishing Half on my kindle ready to read. I also still need to read The Mothers. Haven't read that one yet either.

  4. The Vanishing half is on everyone's list today and Im having serious FOMO

  5. I'm hoping to finish The Vanishing Half soon-- I know what you mean about being nervous to read a second book by an author when you've loved the first one so much. So glad this one lived up to all of the hype/expectations!

  6. I remember how much you loved The Mothers.
    I thought Brit Bennett was a great writer in that book, I just didn't like the main character? I can't remember why.
    I will eventually get to The Vanishing Half.

  7. I've been reading such good reviews of The Vanishing Half.

  8. I cannot wait to read the Vanishing day! :)

  9. I didn't hear about The Vanishing Half til this month, but now I've heard several good things :) I'll have to add it to my list. Thanks for sharing!