August Reading Wrap-up

Where has the summer gone? Despite a week of hot and humid weather, we are right back to the gloomy, rainy days that has permeated the last few months. Technically, we do have a few weeks of summer left, but we all know that Labor Day marks the end of the season.

Despite the cold weather approaching, there are some exciting things going on in my life. I have to wait a few more weeks to be sure, but the fall could mean some big life changes for us. My husband and I are learning the value of patience, but the time consuming process that we are involved in is not making it easy.

To help distract myself, I am trying to just focus on reading. I think this is the first month in quite a while where I can say that I finished my TBR list, although to be fair, there was one book that I just did not bother finishing.

This book started out funny and ended up being somewhat sobering. Overall the Modern Library Book Club enjoyed “Ending Up,” though for a few of our elderly members, it was a little too realistic for comfort. It focuses on four elderly people who live together and their gripes about getting old. However, as we go along we uncover their personal demons and how they deal with getting older. For such a short novel, this book had so much going on, which is a credit to Kingsley Amis’ writing.

I absolutely loved “Project Hail Mary.” Although, Andy Weir loads this book with technical scientific writing, I was still able to understand everything that was going on. I loved how this story unfolded and how Weir used flashbacks to link the character’s past with the present. This was my first Weir book but it won’t be my last.

This was a book that was sent to me by a local author in upstate NY and it focuses on his childhood years growing up in Troy, NY in a house they called “The Embassy.” It was interesting glimpse into years that are long gone but reminded me of the stories of the 50s/60s that my parents shared all through my own childhood.

Cracking open a Jenny Lawson book feels like you pick up right where you left off with her, wherever that is. While she still provides some hilarious anecdotes, this book is more serious than her books of the past and provides a serious glimpse into the mental and physical challenges of anxiety and depression. I would highly recommend that people read her books.

So I have finished parts 1-4 of “Middlemarch” and I am really enjoying this book so far. I am still trying to digest what I have read so far, and we still have so much more to go. I plan to read the second half in September and I can’t wait to see what Eliot does with each of these characters.

I didn’t get far into this book before I got absolutely bored. I know that I should have given this book more of a chance but the lack of chapters or section breaks, as well as the character’s mixed thoughts just lost my interest. I ended up putting the book down and then had no desire to pick it up again. Maybe after hearing what others in book club think, I will want to pick it up again.


What did you read in August? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

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