August 31, 2020
August 2020 Reading Wrap Up
How was your August reading?
August was a fourteen book reading month even though I had two DNFs. I am happy to report four five-star reads, six four-star reads, and four three-star reads. Find all my August reads listed below in order of Star Rating. Keep in mind that I normally recommend five- and four-star reads on the blog; three-star reads receive mixed reviews from me for various reasons; and two-star reads are books that were not for me. One star reads are usually shelved as DNF.
My favorite read of the month is a back-list title, Ordinary Grace.
Did we read any of the same books?
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5 Stars. An engaging and poignant book about books. A reread which I enjoyed, even more, the second time! My review of A.J. Fikry here.
5 (MG) Stars. For daughters of Jane Austin fans and their moms. Innocent, engaging, science and writing themes. Not yet reviewed.
5 (MG) Stars. CAUTION: because of heavy content involving child abuse and self-harm, I’m encouraging parents to read this FIRST. Not yet reviewed.
4.5 Stars. (ARC) #16 in the series (please read series in order!) In addition to the mystery to be solved, this story includes poignant family and father/son themes. My full review of All the Devils Are Here.
4.5 Stars. Women’s Fiction (Christian). This has probably been on my TBR the longest of any book! It was a more difficult read than I expected but highly compelling. CW: prostitution, abuse. Not yet reviewed.
4.5 (YA) Stars. Yes, this summer I’m knocking out some backlist titles! I remember reading Joy in the Morning but for some reason missed this young adult classic. I was a little let down by the ending…a prologue would have been appreciated! The ending left me wondering about her future. Not yet reviewed.
4 Stars. After I read An American Marriage last year, I wanted to read this backlist title. It’s a compelling story, but once again I was a little let down by the ending. I was left with questions about Dana’s education (did she pursue her dream of medical school?) and the relationship between the sisters is a bit disappointing (not hopeful) at the end. Not yet reviewed.
4 Stars. (ARC) A light and poignant read about a young woman who seeks protection from the Amish community under the Witness Protection Program. My review of The Amish Newcomer here.
4 (MG) Stars. Sharon Creech has a new book coming out soon and it reminded me I hadn’t read one of the most popular titles on her backlist! I love “found family” themes! Not yet reviewed.
3.5 Stars. (ARC) Engaging and poignant women’s fiction. Themes include widowhood, siblings, undocumented immigration, and foster care/adoption. My review of The Book of CarolSue here.
3-3.5 (YA) Stars. Especially for high school girls who love sports. Not yet reviewed.
3 Stars. Historical fiction. Past and present-day timelines. New York Public Library setting. My review of Lions of Fifth Avenue here.
3 Stars. (ARC) A memoir of a young woman’s experience in Peru as a Peace Corps Volunteer. My review Goodreads review of Between Inca Walls.
I set aside two books aside this month: Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay was boring; and Teach Me by Olivia Dade was offensive (substantial profanity of a religious nature and explicit open door romance)…I bailed quickly and DO NOT recommend this book unless your tastes differ from mine).
What did you read in August?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?
Happy Reading Book Buddies!
“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke
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