So. August happened. I read a good amount of books, but I can’t say many of those books were very good.
This summer I wanted to find a new favourite. I wanted to fall in love with a book. But honestly most of them were very disappointing.
This month I read 9 books and 1/2 of three others. Here they are:
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – 84/100 ****
I’ve been loving the new season so much that whenever a new episode finished I craved more. So, I’ve decided to slowly read the series, in the hopes that when the next book is finally published I can read it along with everyone else. This one was a reread and I loved it more the second time.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – 35/100 **
This was a random read and while it was quick and cute I kind of wish I hadn’t bothered. I found it all to be very bland and very forgetful.
The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante – 50/100 ***
I’ve now read all of Ferrante’s books and while none of them compare to her Neapolitan series (and after reading these I wonder if anything ever will) I do still love how she’s able to capture life in words.
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – 37/100 **
I thought I was enjoying this but when I finished it I kind of looked at it and thought ‘no, I didn’t enjoy one minute with it.’ Bathsheba is one of those characters who had so much promise but then by the end you just wanted to shake her and say ‘I told you so.’
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – 60/100 ***
Such a disappointment (but not the biggest one of this month.) It started off so strongly but then it just kept meandering about things that to me just weren’t as interesting as the mystery. I may do a full book review of this soon.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith – 35/100 **
I liked it until they started becoming boy obsessed. Then, Cassandra lost all her intelligence (and there wasn’t much there to begin with) and lost all my attention (again, wasn’t much there to begin with.) Also, the ending sucked.
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler – 45/100 ***
I don’t know, I feel like this book doesn’t have a lot going for it. I was expecting more travel.
The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell – 75/100 ****
This was an ARC I got from the publisher so a review will be coming soon. But heads up, you should definitely put this on your anticipated reads list.
Books I Started But Didn’t Finish:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: The most disappointing read ever. I feel like I haven’t been reading the same book as everyone else because I don’t get it. The characters were dull and the plot was dull. I got over 200 pages in and nothing happened (other than the end of the world which we basically skipped over completely.)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: I had a random urge to read some Jane Austen but I didn’t quite finish it. Maybe I will this month but seeing as I’ve already reread it this year I’m not too worried.
Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin: I’m only a few chapters in so I’m going to continue reading this in September, for sure. Loving it.
So that was what I read in the underwhelming month of August.
Thanks for reading