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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 8/15/22 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

First of all, seeing the gorgeous colors and designs of these three covers together is making me very happy! I lugged all three of these physical books with me on vacation to Maine, and if I forget to stage a beach photo of them...well, let's just say there's going to be a disappointed Bossy on our hands.

I'm reading Lessons in Chemistry, a novel about a 1960s female scientist and cooking show host by Bonnie Garmus; Emma Straub's playing-with-time, reliving-the-past story This Time Tomorrow; and Something Wilder, Christina Lauren's newest, about a treasure hunter's daughter who gets roped into time with her ex.

What are you reading and enjoying these days, bookworms?


01 Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

In Bonnie Garmus's Lessons in Chemistry, Elizabeth Zott is a chemist in 1960s California on an otherwise all-male staff at Hastings Research Institute. Gender equality is nowhere to be found--but Elizabeth has one ally (and potential love interest, ahem!) in Nobel Prize-nominated Calvin Evans.

After twists and turns and several years, Elizabeth is a single mother who becomes the star of a hit televised cooking show. But she's not only demonstrating recipes. She's using science to inspire the upending of the status quo for her largely female audience.

This cover says "light fiction" to me, but by all accounts, this book has depth and addresses deeper issues. I can't wait to dig into this one.

Lessons in Chemistry is Bonnie Garmus's first book.


02 This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

What if you could revisit--and relive--your youth?

On the eve of her 40th birthday, Alice’s job, apartment, and love life are solidly okay. The only dark spot in her life is her father’s grave illness.

When she wakes up the next morning, it’s her 16th birthday again. And it isn't just that being in her teen body again shocks her, or that seeing her high school crush is jarring. It's incredible to see her healthy, vital, young dad.

Knowing what she does about the future, would Alice change the past?

Emma Straub is also the author of The Vacationers, All Adults Here, Modern Lovers, and other books.


03 Something Wilder by Christina Lauren

Lily uses her deceased father’s hand-drawn maps to guide tourists on fake searches for treasure through the red rock canyons of Utah.

Following in her father's scam of a career pays the bills, but it doesn’t pay enough for Lily to deal with the sight of Leo, the man she once loved, walking back into her life--with a motley crew of friends ready to hit the trails.

Leo would love to reconnect, but Lily is not interested in rekindling their flame. When the trip involves mishap after mishap, the travelers begin to wonder whether the legend of the treasure was fiction after all.

The writing team of Christina Lauren also authored the books The Soulmate Equation, The Unhoneymooners, In a Holidaze, Love and Other Words, and Autoboyography.


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