This is a quick review of my August reading. I’ve been feeling much too lazy to write this post, so am going to just write it now before it gets worse and I end up skipping it altogether. So for August, I’d simply planned to Clear the Table of all the doorstoppers and other books that I didn’t end up reading in July despite planning to, but it turned out somewhat of a repeat of what I did in July. I did read 9 books in total which was great considering I did have a lot on the work front last month as well, but of these, only four I think were ones originally on the list, and the rest were either new acquisitions or books that I got approved for on NetGalley. So I read only three books of my original August TBR in that month (Clutch of Constables, The Elf and the Amulet, and Syren) plus one more from my NetGalley pile (No Fixed Address) which I only finished in August (started in July).
Most of these books I have reviewed on this page so I won’t be going into any details but will link the reviews here. The rest as always, I’ve reviewed on goodreads, so I will link those as well.
No Fixed Address is the story of twelve-year-old Felix Knutsson who’s been living with his single mother in a van since she lost her job and they lost their home. His and his mother’s horror of social services means they can’t let anyone find out, and Felix pins all his hopes on winning the junior edition of his favourite game show. This was a book I really liked very much and definitely recommend. My full review is here.
The Elf and the Amulet by Chris Africa is the story of three teens Chassy, Nita, and Andrev, who are thrown into adventure when they decide to eavesdrop on the conversation of two guests at Nita and Andrev’s parents inn. This was a fun enough read, but not one that stood out to me particularly. Here is my review.
Next I read one of my newer acquisitions, Turtles all the Way Down by John Green. This was my first John Green and I liked it very much–not saying anything about it here since I’m pretty sure everyone’s heard of/read reviews of this one. My review.
This next bunch had two off my original list and one new one. Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh is the twenty-fifth in her Roderick Alleyn series, and sees his wife Troy on a river cruise where some strange events have been taking place. The story is being narrated by Alleyn as he discuses his cases at a police training course sometime later. This was a book in which I enjoyed the setting very much, but not the mystery and characters as such. My review is here.
Next was Murder in the Happy Home for the Aged by Bulbul Sharma, where a body found in the garden of an old-age home sets the residents into action as they decide to solve the mystery themselves, to prove the policeman who thinks it pointless even to speak to them wrong. I really enjoyed this one, and my review is here.
Then I read another off my original list, Syren by Angie Sage. This is the fifth in a fantasy-adventure series of seven books featuring Septimus Heap, seventh son of a seventh son and thus in possession of extraordinary powers. In this one, when Septimus’ dragon Spit Fyre is injured, he and his friends find themselves on a beautiful but mysterious island where something strange seems to be reaching out to Septimus. This was a really fun read with artwork which I also enjoyed. My review is here.
Then I picked up on my Malory Towers project/challenge again, reading the second book in the series Second Form at Malory Towers, where the girls deal with new students, lessons, and their own problems and insecurities. My review is here.
The Monsters We Deserve by Marcus Sedgwick is a book I received through NetGalley and had put in a request for because of its theme of creativity, writers and writing, and monsters, all inspired by and revolving around Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This was certainly an interesting read, one that is hard to really classify, but also one that I’m not sure I made complete sense of. My review is here. Reminded by this read of 2018 being the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, I also reshared my old post on the book earlier this week. Find it here.
Finally in August, I read my second graphic novel this year, The Wolves of La Louviere by Flore Balthazar, also via NetGalley. This is set in World-War-II Belgium and describes how the Balthazar family (the author’s own) coped with the challenges the war threw up, and alongside tells the story of Margurite Clauwaerts, the teacher of one of the younger Blathazar children and a resistance member. This was a very impactful read, bringing out not only the cruelty of the conquerors but also that the conquered were not that much better when they came out ‘victorious’. My review is here.
So that was my August reading. My September plans are very very ambitious, much more so than August as I have some free time at the moment and am hoping to get some reading done. I plan to read among others, The Riddle of the Sands, The Dancing Bear, Don Quixote, Scythe, Dissolution, and the Invisible Hand (which is an interesting children’s title about time travel and Macbeth which I came across on NetGalley) (my theme here simply being A Little of This and A Little of That). I have already finished Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (review here), Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh (review here), and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (since I finally bought myself the really gorgeous illustrated edition; review here). I am also in the middle of the Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner which I will be reviewing either later today or tomorrow.
So how was your August? Any favourites or new discoveries (or even revisits) that you would like to recommend? And what are your plans for September? Looking forward to hearing all about them! Happy reading month!