August reading wrap-up

So I am still confused how we flew threw August so fast. It feels like yesterday that I was writing my August TBR list and now I am wrapping things up. Of course this post is late because it wasn’t until Labor Day that I realized we reached September. Don’t mind me, I must have been lost somewhere.

Given that the month flew by so fast you can imagine I didn’t get everything done I wanted to but surprisingly I accomplished a few things. I managed to take my staycation, which was absolutely glorious. I didn’t realize how much I needed vacation until the night I left work and had an anxiety attack just thinking about everything I would miss. I got over that real quick when Monday rolled around I didn’t have to go to work. Before work, every little would bother me. Now? Well it’s all cumbaya. I just shrug my shoulders, sigh and move on.

I was able to finish all the books that were on my TBR. I was nervous because I didn’t think I was going to do it.

This was an interesting read though I didn’t necessarily agree with all of it. Like Oluo says in the beginning, the book will probably make you uncomfortable and it certainly did. In fact, it was a difficult book to discuss even in book club. We all managed to provide our opinions about it but we avoided getting down into the nitty gritty of it. Even the minority in the group was uncomfortable about getting into it. It just shows how difficult this topic is.

This was a fun read and it was better than I expected. I was surprised by how much I got out of it as it highlighted a lot about family, understanding what we do and the extent we will go for forgiveness. While I enjoyed it, I don’t think I will be rereading it any time soon.

I haven’t read Edith Wharton since we were assigned “The Age of Innocence” in college so I was glad that this popped up for the August read in the Modern Library Book Club. I thoroughly enjoyed this book though it was definitely a sad story to read. Poor Ethan Frome. This man seriously can’t catch a break, from losing family, having an ailing wife and then failing to capture love when it was right in front of him. For such a short story Wharton definitely packaged a whole lot. There was definitely much to talk about.

I want to thank whoever it was that decided to add this book to the care package I received a few months ago from book club. If you hadn’t I probably wouldn’t have read this book and it would have been a damn shame. I absolutely loved this book and though it’s fiction, it is definitely a great book that reflects what is going on in the US about how minorities are targeted by police. However, Tayari Jones goes a step beyond that to highlight what happens to a marriage as a result. I haven’t stopped thinking about this book since I read it. Some more of my thoughts can be found in the review.

Ok so I am a little late but I have finally read “Caraval”. This was another book that I wasn’t planning to read until I received it in the care package. However, unlike “American Marriage”, I wasn’t exactly wowed by this one. I am actually a little disappointed after all the hype but maybe it’s just me. lt was enjoyable and held my attention long enough to keep the pages turning. However I don’t think I will be rushing out to go buy the second book.

I absolutely loved this book but not everyone in book club felt the same. It is a story about survival – in the wilderness and in an abusive relationship. I will say that the book could have ended a little sooner, which some people complained about, but it didn’t matter to me. Hannah created a world that was so vivid that I could see Alaska as if it was just outside my window, and was great in setting up the plot.

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