Saturday, September 4, 2021

August Wrap Up -- My August Books


What was your reading like last month? The dog days found me reading more fiction and lighter nonfiction, just enjoying the summer vibe. How about you? 

Here are the ten books I read in August, in the order I read them, not the order they are lined up in the picture. I don't usually review the books I read, so don't analyze their literary merit. My rating reflects only my personal preference for the book.


Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo is a shaggy dog of a family saga and I loved it. I've been mixing up long and short books this year and appreciating both. This one has been on my TBR shelf forever and I am happy to finally get to it. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby proves that he can make anything worth reading, even 250 pages about 1968-1992 soccer games. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Passenger to Frankfurt is one of Agatha Christie’s stand alone spy novels. It is unlike any of her other book I've read and I liked it a lot. I thought the story echoed some of the today's political strife. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Wry Martinis by Christopher Buckley is a collection of his earlier essays, pulled together after the success of Thank You For Smoking. A mixed bag, but enjoyable. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse is a solid historical fiction adventure story with a modern day braided narrative and a Holy Grail theme. It wasn't my favorite, but it was entertaining and I'm happy to clear it off my TBR shelf. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2

Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis. This biography of Virginie Gautreau, the woman in Sargent's famous portrait, was my favorite book last month. I read it for book club and then loaned it to another club member, which is why it isn't in the picture. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty isn't in the picture because I read it with my ears. I love all her books and read them all as audiobooks because I like the Australian accent. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman I read for my other book club and passed on to my sister. I liked it a lot. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year by Sue Townsend. I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits made me laugh, but I found it more depressing than funny. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

The Darlings by Christina Alger is a Wall Street story inspired by Bernie Madoff. It’s stylish, intricate, and well done, although you have to skate over a few patches of thin credulity in the middle. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน


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