I have a short list for you this month, but then again I only just realized August was drawing to a close. I’ve got lots of reading to do in September, so I better share my August reads and get back to reading!
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This is my favorite book of the year so far. I loved it so so much! I’m always interested in stories about apocalypse or dystopia, but sometimes they can seem repetitive. Not Station Eleven. The story is interesting and the plot never stalls, but the writing is lovely and lyrical in a way I wasn’t expecting. I liked the characters and was fascinated by the broken down world. I highly recommend this book, and have been telling everyone who will listen they have to read it soon.
American Fire by Monica Hesse
We had a long drive to Northern Minnesota for vacation this month, and listened to this on audiobook during the drive. The story was interesting, although it got long and repetitive at some points. However if you are going to read this book, I don’t recommend the audio version. It’s not the greatest narration. I thought the story would be faster paced than it was, but I’m glad I listened. I’ve been curious about this book for a while.
This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick
Okay I’m going to be super honest with you, I scanned this more than actually reading it. I enjoyed the idea behind this book, and it does have several great stories to tell and tips to share. However, I wish more small towns had been represented in the examples given in this book. I also found myself getting bored halfway through each chapter (hence the scanning). But this book did give me questions to think about in regards to being happy where I live. I’ll tell you more about these questions (and maybe even some answers!) later in September.
Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin
This was our kid-lit club pick for August, and it’s my favorite of the books we’ve read for this club so far! I read this in one sitting, and I cried through the last hundred pages. This sweet story about an autistic girl and her dog covers family issues, making friends, and doing the right thing even when it’s really hard. So so good. If you’re a kid-lit fan, add this to your list!
I hope you had a great August. If you’re celebrating Labor Day, enjoy the long weekend. I’m going to spend mine reading some back to school favorites, and getting ready for my favorite season. Fall is just around the corner, everyone. I cannot wait!