Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
The Giver by Lois Lowry*
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness by Lila Azam Zanganeh
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt
The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Never Google Heartbreak by Emma Garcia
The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death by John Kelly
In the Name of Rome: The Men Who Won the Roman Empire by Adrian Goldsworthy
Sex With Kings by Eleanor Herman
The Pope Who Quit by Jon M. Sweeney
Wow, 17 books bought. August was a good reading month for me but it looks like I kind of went crazy on the book buying. In my defense, I sold some of my textbooks and a few other books and then used that money as credit at the bookstore to buy a stack of books. Those would be the last 7 books on the books bought list. So really I just exchanged books for more books. I got quite a few history books as I’m still determined to expand my non-fiction reading horizons and I’ve always loved history. I think that in another life I could have been a History major. If I didn’t find fictional scenarios far more intriguing. As much as I like reading about real history, I far prefer historical fiction. I really like alternative histories and steampunk and novels that puts a fictional spin on real people and/or historical events. This is why I really enjoyed reading The Map of Time. And The Invention of Everything Else is a fictional story about Nikola Tesla.
The Giver was my re-read this month and I read it such a long time ago (2006 or 2007, I believe) that it was like my first time reading it since I barely remembered anything about it. I haven’t seen the movie yet but based on all that I’ve seen and heard about, it’s not exactly high on my priority list.
I think I did a good job of adding variety to my reading choices this month and I really plan to keep this up. It’s nice to jump quickly into different genres, it keeps me on my toes. My favorite book that I’ve read this month is Just Kids, which is a surprise to me. There’s just something about it that still has me thinking about it even days after I’ve finished reading it.
September is going to be a good month for reading, I can feel it. I’ve joined Netgalley so now I have a bunch of books in ebook form that I need to read. The only problem is that I don’t have a Kindle and it’s a bit of a headache to read the tiny print on my phone. I also have a few audiobooks that I downloaded from Audible. I’m a hardcore physical book person, there’s really nothing that can replace the feel of a book in my hands, so it will be interesting to experiment with these different forms and see if I can get used to them. We’ll see how it goes.