What I Checked Out in July


The Handmaid’s Tale audiobook by Margaret Atwood is narrated by Claire Danes. I requested it after noticing that a patron at my library had requested it. Claire Danes is a wonderful narrator and the book is beautifully written.


The Woman in the Window audiobook by A.J. Finn is narrated by Ann Marie Lee. The narration is very well done. Maybe I am burnt out on psychological thrillers, but this one was not my favorite. It has a great twist, but the end reminded me of a cartoon villain over-explaining his master plan.

The Husband List

I started reading The Husband List by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly a few months ago and had to turn it back in because my summer semester started and I had no free time. I picked up the audiobook this week so I could finish it. It’s narrated by Lorelei King and it’s the second in the Culhane Family series. I read the first book, Love in a Nutshell, but they are unrelated enough that they can be read alone. I’m not a fan of the narrator, but it is addicting nonetheless. It’s the type of book that is enjoyable if you’re into this type of book. If you’re not into romance, don’t cross genres for this one.


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni was recommended to me by my library director. It’s a recent check out and I haven’t started it yet.


Black Panther is not available for free streaming yet, but it had a surprisingly short hold list in my library district. I don’t think it needs my recommendation, but it definitely has it. Watch this movie.


Not everything has to be quality content to be enjoyable. Life is too short to not have fun. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is not a particularly good movie, but it’s a fun movie. I was sick and wanted to lay on the couch under a ton of blankets and turn my brain off. This was exactly what I needed. (I also have no attachment to the original movie.)


Split was recommended to me by a coworker because I like horror movies. This is not really scary, but the main female character’s backstory continues to bother me. James McAvoy is extremely talented and makes the film worth watching. It is exactly what I would expect from an M. Night Shyamalan movie.

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