I read quite a bit in August and I am very happy about that. I now have completed 34 books of my goal to read 39 this year so I am way ahead of schedule. Yay! Now I do need to get my rear into gear with the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge 2019. I still have 6 out of 10 categories. If anyone has suggestions for these, please let me know. The categories are: a Book I’ve Been Meaning to Read (I guess you can’t really help me with that one, except you could remind me of something I said that I was going to read here on the blog); a Book With a Gorgeous Cover; a Book In Translation; and a Book Published Before 1980. Thanks in advance.
Here’s what I Read in August.
- Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman. I really enjoyed this one even though it is outside of my usual genre. Laura Lippman also wrote Sunburn, which I thoroughly enjoyed. So I don’t know if I like mystery thrillers but I definitely enjoy Laura Lippman.
- Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczinsky. This book was outside my normal reading genre but I enjoyed it. It’s an YA novel and would be an excellent read for your teen. There’s a sequel, One Giant Leap, that I want to read to see what happens in the story.
- Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber. The Snail on the Wall Books brought Heather Webber to Huntsville and I got to meet her. Yay! The book is a sheer delight. There is some magical realism but in a delightful, non-disturbing way.
- I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott. This is my second time reading this book this year. It was a Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club pick and the book club was fortunate to have Mary Laura with us to discuss it on August 29. A highlight of my year, FOR SURE. Thanks, Mary Laura! You can read my full review on the RCM website here.
- A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. Guys, I’m finally in a position to join the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club. YAY! This is the September pick and I wanted to read it because I thought the story would be interesting. I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It’s set in the 19th century with a heroine who’s thoughts and ideas are more in line with women of the 21st Confusing? A bit. I’m not sure.
- Code Name Hélène: A Novel by Ariel Lawhon. So excited to receive this ARC courtesy of Modern Mrs. Darcy for her first-ever Book Club Retreat! I’m so excited! It’s set during WWII – not my favorite historical time but a third of the way in the heroine is very intriguing and the story began in medias res so I want to see what’s going on. This one release on April 7, 2020.
- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. This is a #buddyread with my new book friend, Brittany, who I met, virtually, after being on What Should I Read Next. This is so good! Check it out!
- The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. I’m rereading these according to the categories I am currently tidying. Still have my pending box and Sentimental left. I know I said that last month, but I have been really busy this month.
So, what have you guys been reading this month?
Per usual, I am linking up with the Modern Mrs. Darcy’s monthly Quick Lit post, as I have done for years. Check what she and other readers are reading over there.
P.S. In other book news, Amazon is placing a brick-and-mortar book store in the Green Hills Mall. This is across the street from the venerable, Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN. I’m not sure how I feel about this.