Hello! August was a month of personal transition for me; moving out of the hospital and into the house. Long story short, I pretty much stayed in the house for 30 days, which meant that I had a lot of reading time! My goal was to read 5 books, but I ended up with 6! This next month I'm hoping to do the same (with lots more time in public and outdoors).
Idaho (5 Stars)
As Wade begins to lose his memory, Ann begins to piece is together, but also struggles to find her own peace and her own life, alongside the other characters in the novel. This is a book about "when one door closes another opens" to a dark, beautiful extreme. It's about love and moving on. Forgiveness and being haunted by the past; even when it's a past that isn't yours. This is one of those rare books that not only gets 5 stars, but really should have. Every paragraph is beautifully written and intimate. There are some passages written in this book that I will hold close to my heart for a very long time. This author manages to dig deep at the characters, at people, in a way that is incredibly special. This book is a masterpiece. From following the lives of Wade and Ann, to flashing back to Wade's previous life with Jenny and their children, to everyone who is touched in-between, Idaho uses a single location to twist and explore the intimate lives of the characters.
The Bone Witch (4 Stars)
by Rin Chupeco
I really love this author's writing style. Such a beautifully written YA! The story is intriguing and unique. The world is wonderful. I will definitely be buying and reading the next book. The reason for the 4 instead of 5 was simply clarity. It took me a bit to really get a handle on all of the special vocabulary, and I needed some definitions of words pushed into the beginning. I also wish that the book was formatted just slightly differently. Some of the different fonts used throughout the novel made it confusing. However, I very much intend on reading the rest of the series & I am not normally a person that does that.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
This is one of my new favorite books, hands down. If you listen to Gladwell’s Podcast at all, you know that he has a talent for making history and factual information into a remarkable story. Blink is focused on the first two seconds of interaction with people and things: how do we know what we know when we know it? Truly a memorable read that will make you think about the way you see the world.
by R.O. Kwon
This novel is dark, odd, & beautifully written. Typical boy meets girl in college and girl gets wrapped up in an extremist Christian cult. I do wish that I'd gotten to know John Leal more as a character and perhaps gotten more information near the end. Her writing style is definitely unique, and while it works for the novel it took some getting used to before I could really settle into the book. However, this is excellent fiction writing and I would highly recommend it. Looking forward to seeing more from this author in the future!
To Kill a Kingdom (3 Stars)
Dark and mysterious with interesting characters. Well written YA Fiction that I definitely enjoyed reading. Both of the characters go against their stereotypes, which was interesting. I also appreciated that this was a stand-alone novel. I’m not sure that I would have wanted or read the second one. There were times at which I felt the characters came off a little bit too cheesy for me, but I do recognize that it’s aimed at a younger audience. I thought that the dark twist on mermaids was enjoyable, although the main characters change in attitude was predictable (although the initial attitude was not).
The Night Circus (4 Stars)
This book was absolutely stunning from beginning to end, although the plot really picked up around page 300. Beautifully written fiction with a really unique structure and plot. Morgenstern has a solid use of color and texture to bring the world to life. A magical book with a magnificent, unexpected ending and vivid characters. My only issue with the book is that it took so long to get started into the action. There are parts that I would have taken out and entire scenes that were added that didn’t feel needed.
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Here's what I'm reading in September:
The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah (Already started)
Happiness by Matthieu Ricard (Already Started)
Eveybody Wants To Be Ambassador to France by Bryan Hurt
Love Does by Bob Goff
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Educated by Tara Westover
The Wishlist (AKA If I somehow find time & money):
Sight by Jesse Greengrass
How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest