Y'all. August was hot, we were a house full of fussy people, and I had to attend approximately 749 back-to-school meetings (and they still haven't ended!). I had great dreams of using PJ's month of parental leave to read and write to my heart's content. Nope. I'm ready to tell this month good-bye and head into our fall schedule! Here's what I did manage to squeeze in while dealing with all the things in August.
Glory Over Everything, by Kathleen Grissom: This sequel to The Kitchen House is gripping and thought-provoking. It tackles tough subject material in the pre-Civil War era. While it might not make a great "beach read," it's a fantastic novel.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by Jack Thorne: As a girl who dressed up in costume for multiple book and movie releases (and was a founding member of an Oliver Wood fan club), I am still in mourning over how much I dislike this book. Middle-aged Harry and friends just weren't themselves. Yes, I know this story was released as a script, but the writing was terrible (in my opinion). Oh, Harry, I think you peaked at 17.
It's Not Fair, by Melanie Dale: If you are struggling, have ever struggled, or know someone who is struggling, this is the book for you. My full review can be found here.
First Comes Love, by Emily Giffin: I will always read Emily Giffin's novels, having absolutely loved her Something Borrowed and Something Blue. I have not enjoyed her last three releases, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this novel as likeable as her early books. It's a good, quick read that is light while still having an intriguing plot and well-developed characters.
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio: I LOVED this book! I never read young adult fiction, but I started this after my mom flew through it and enjoyed it. It was such an amazing story that I found myself crying while reading the last few pages, overcome by the sweet, satisfying ending.
Give Your Child the World, by Jamie Martin: I snagged a copy of this book when it went on sale on Amazon. After some introductory material regarding the author's family and their culture of promoting reading, the rest of the book is a curated list of books to encourage a global perspective in young children. The chapters are broken up by continents, with each chapter containing sections for specific age groups. I can't wait to use this as a resource for choosing books from Emma's upcoming Africa and Asia studies.
Also of note: I quit a book. I'm not sure I've ever quit a book without finishing! I started Cutting for Stone after hearing it recommended multiple times. I read over 100 pages, but I couldn't get into the story and never looked forward to picking it up. On the same night that I officially quit watching Scandal (because Olivia Pope and company are just too crazy), I stuck Cutting for Stone back in the library bag. Please feel free to acknowledge what a big deal this was for a hard-core completionist.
Did you find any great end-of-summer reads?
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