Bookish Post – August Reading Wrap-Up

books, wrap-up
Teacup on top of vintage books.

Number of books read: 7
Number of rereads
: 0
Number of physical books: 3
Number of ebooks: 3
Number of audiobooks: 1

5* reviews: 0
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews: 3

I’m so glad that August is over. It’s one of our busiest months at work and it’s been awful for everyone. I feel like I’ve been exhausted for months. So, my reading count is a little down this month but still honourable. Especially when you consider that only a few years ago, it normally took me most of the month to read one book.

THE TENETS IN THE TATTOOS BY BECKY JAMES

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I started the month with this ARC. I’m not normally the biggest YA fantasy fan but this sounded interesting. I enjoy books that combine the human world with a fantasy world. When done right, it can be incredibly fun and effective. This didn’t quite get it right but it was an enjoyable read to kick off August.

THE APPEAL BY JANICE HALLETT

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book has been everywhere lately and it definitely sounded like fun. I don’t have the best track record with contemporary crime fiction but I loved the premise of this enough to give it a try. I’m happy to announce that this is one of those books that lives up to the hype. It was so good that I gave it to my mother to read as soon as I finished it.

SUMMERWATER BY SARAH MOSS

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another book that I’d been really excited to read. As I child, I spent most of my Summer holidays in Scotland, so the basic premise was something I felt connected to. I absolutely loved the writing here and am so glad that I pre-ordered Sarah Moss’ next book.

URSULA K. LE GUIN: THE LAST INTERVIEW AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I decided to mix things up this month with a bit of non-fiction. My decision was meant to broaden my horizons. I find reading books written by authors about writing lack a bit of authenticity. They present a bit of a front instead of just speaking naturally. That’s why reading their interviews makes sense. The fact that Ursula K. Le Guin had a wicked sense of humour only made this more appealing. Shame some of the interviews were actually profiles and not her own words.

THE UNFORTUNATES BY B. S. JOHNSON

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

B.S. Johnson’s notorious book in a box was my next read of the month. I’d been wanting to read it for a while and I decided this was the month. It took longer to read than I expected but it was certainly an interesting one. I can’t say that I’m keen to go back to it soon but I reckon it’ll be worth a reread at some point.

GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER BY BERNARDINE EVARISTO

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This has been on my TBR for a while now and I decided that it was now or never. I decided to listen to the audiobook when I was finishing The Unfortunates. I can’t say anything nice about the audiobook but the novel is fantastic. I really love the sweeping narrative and the sense of a shared history. It really is as good as everyone says.

THE LAIRD OF DRUMLYCHTOUN BY HILARY PUGH

TBD

My final read of the month and another ARC. This time of a crime novel set in Scotland. It’s all about a laird, a missing ring and some family intrigue. It sounded like a great little read that I could sneak in before the end of the month. Catch my review later in the week.

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