The last day of August, and for a change I’m early posting this month’s reading wrap up.  I’ve been feeling like I’ve been a little too verbose in my reviews and posts lately, so am going to try and reign in. August was a reasonably good reading month for me and I read 9 books (mostly because of some shorter reads and free time in the second half of the month) plus finished a 10th book which I had started in July. Nine of these were fiction and one non-fic (I do have 5 coming up in September so will make up for this); 3 were from my own TBR while 7 were review copies. Animals seemed to be one feature of my reads this month with two books with cats, and another two connected to wolves—one real and the other symbolic. Of authors I had seven female authors and three male. Genres included fantasy/scifi, historical mysteries, mysteries, fantasy, young adult and middlebrow. So here goes my quick wrap up.

The first book I finished (started in July) was Murder in the Village by Lisa Cutts, a cosy mystery which had so many elements I love including a village setting, a dog-napping plot (in addition to the murders), and thus lots of dogs, but this turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. (full review here)

Next was one of my own books, Bewildering Cares by Winifred Peck. Part of the furrowed middlebrow series, this is the diary of a Camila Lacely, the wife of a vicar in a small English town Stampfield, written during a week of Lent in the early days of the war. This was a delightful read with plenty of fun moments, though some of the discussions of religion itself I couldn’t connect with as much. (full review here).

Next I read Tabby Trouble by Iris Leigh, a short quirky cosy mystery in which Kat, a young woman pet sitting three cats for a friend finds her charges and her neighbour’s cat suddenly able to talk to her. Not only that, the neighbour’s cat Rusty insists his owner has been murdered and wants Kat to solve it. A quick, fun read (full review here)

Back to my favourite author Agatha Christie, I received an ARC of a new compilation of Summer mysteries by her, Midsummer Mysteries: Secrets and Suspense from the Queen of Crime, which I naturally had to bump up on my reading list. This is an enjoyable collection of twelve stories featuring all of her detectives (in different stories of course), but also a few standalones. While not as complex as her full-length books, there were enjoyable puzzles. (full review here)

Wolf at the Door by Sarah Hawkswood is a historical mystery set in 1144 with involving a wolf, gruesome murders, and sinister plans. An interesting read and one which introduced me to a series I hadn’t come across become (full review here)

Next was Magical After by David Gunter, the first of a scifi/fantasy series where David Gosling, a single father suffering a tumour, is offered a chance to continue to live in a rpg game while his human self undergoes treatment. He enters the world, but alongside two former soldiers are also sent in to give effect to the game company CEO’s actual plans. (full review here)

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin is set in a rather frightening alternative history scenario in which Hitler won the war. In this world, seventeen-year-old Yael who can skin shift because of the experiments she was subjected to in the concentration camps, is entrusted with the mission of winning a cross-continent motorcycle race and killing Hitler. Exciting, scary and heartbreaking all at once. (full review here)

Cat Flap by Alan S. Cowell is another slightly fantastical story in which a successful business woman finds part of her wake up in her cat, X, when she is away on a business trip. As X she catches her husband cheating on her. Quite good fun. (full review here)

Steffan Green by Richmal Crompton is the story of a cast of characters living in the small English village of Steffan Green to which one of them, Lettice Helston, finds herself moving, almost by chance, after her recent divorce. In this delightful read me meet some realistic characters and experience a range of situations and emotions. (full review here)

Finally, my only non-fiction read William of Orange and the Fight for the Crown by Brian Best which was an account of the turbulent 17th century and circumstances in which William, Stadtholder of Holland was invited to take the English crown jointly with his wife Mary. But more so, it is an account of all the challenges and plots he faced after having been crowned, in his reign of 12 years. This was an interesting read but since it was battle heavy (as in all fairness the title and description did indicate), I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have if it focused on social and political aspects. (full review here)

And as is becoming customary here, to wrap up my wrap up, I’ll just mention that I did add a fair few titles to my books and cats page, Keli Cat’s Book Corner this month—from Beware the Cat, the very first book of prose fiction in English written in the 1500s (and featuring a cat) to story collections and stories by Poe, Saki, Ruth Rendell, Wodehouse and Ursula Le Guin among others. For International Cat Day on 8 August, I had a cat puns book titles post—Cattamewtics!

p.s. and if you love dogs, I also had a post on International Dog Day on 26 August on Dogs in Classic Mystery Fiction.

So that was my August reading. Any titles on my list that you’ve read or plan to read? What were some of your favourite reads this month?  

(The post didn’t end up as short as I’d have liked but much shorter than last month’s wrap up!)

6 thoughts on “August 2021 Reading Wrap Up

  1. Quite a range on offer for your reading this month, and it was nice to have a reminder of titles you’d reviewed. For August I got through nine books, which included a graphic novel, a spy story, short stories about crime, poetry, a study, a Gothic romance and two early-ish 20th-century classics. Oh, and a children’s adventure tale set in a girls boarding school which I think you’d like—my review is scheduled for early next month!

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