What I Read: August 2014

I read 9 books in August, and didn’t hate a one. 2 were non-fiction, the rest fiction. 5 were eBooks, 3 were print books, 1 was an audiobook!

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear (2013).
In the latest book in the Maisie Dobbs series, Maisie investigates the murder of Usha Pramal, an Indian woman who had been living in England for a number of years, working as a nanny and house cleaner. In her personal life, Maisie continues to struggle with what it might mean to marry her companion, James Compton, and with her desire to travel independently.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (2014).
I loved this book so much. It involves books and reading and a baby left in a bookstore. It involves grief and love and family and finding community. It deals with sad (and happy) things, but is not dark. And it reads so fast. HIGHLY recommend.

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper (2009).
This was interesting addition, because I didn’t really read it, I listened to it as an audiobook on my phone. I still prefer print (paper or digital), but it was pretty amusing to be reading a book while walking around, or playing Candy Crush on metro. The story is about the royal family of Montmaray, a fictional island kingdom somewhere between France and Spain, on the eve of World War II. It had lots of elements that I liked, but I kept getting distracted by the fact that the narrator of the audiobook was middle aged and the narrator of the book (which is written as a diary) was a teenager. DCPL only has the sequel in print, but we shall see if I like the sequel better when the voice in my head is a teenager…

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (2013).
I really enjoyed this book – historical fiction about a British Quaker who moves to Ohio in the time before the Civil War and her involvement with the Underground Railroad. Chevalier does historical fiction quite well – I also loved Girl with a Pearl Earring when I read it years ago.

Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich (2014).
The latest Stephanie Plum mystery. I couldn’t even tell you what happened in this one, just that I read them all when they come out and they provide me 24 hours of comfort reading. This is my literary popcorn.

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (2014).

My Family and Other Hazards by June Melby (2014).
I got this book through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program, and thoroughly enjoyed it. A memoir of the summers of the author’s childhood, it tells of her family’s adventures running a miniature golf course on a lake in Wisconsin, with a little miniature golf history thrown in for good measure.

Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita (2014).
Another Early Reviewer book, this was a fun, quick summer read. I literally read it in a day, can’t remember the last time that happened! Nothing too surprising in the plot – spoiled, little rich girl gets sent to sleep away camp to get a reality check. She learns life lessons, and falls for a cute guy, etc. But perfect for the beach!

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (2000).
YA historical fiction – which looks at the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia. Really interesting and enjoyable, and totally different than the only other book I’ve read by Halse Anderson (Speak) which was a contemporary story about rape. I picked this up as a Kindle Daily Deal and it was a good one!

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What I Read: August 2014

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