I’m posting this a day early because I’m having one of those sort of unicorn days where I have lots of energy and finished all of my work and chores before 9PM, AND all of the kids are in bed. This legitimately never happens so I’m going to take advantage and tell you about all of the wonderful things I read this month. August was a fantastic month for reading, and unless I finish any more books this evening (which could TOTALLY happen because of said energy and extra time), I’ll have read 15 in total. This was a mix of print and audio as always, but for the first time ever, I’ve also incorporated some graphic novels.
Some of my favorites this month were….
I’ve already expressed my undying love and devotion here, but I just want to call it out again. The Tearling series is seriously so mind-blowingly good and you should read it and tell all of your friends to read it too. Also, Emma Watson is making a movie out of it, and if that’s not reason enough to get into it now, I just don’t know what is.
Neil Gaiman is one of my all-time favorite writers. I’ve loved everything of his that I’ve ever read or listened to (because his voice is just magical) and based on what I know, he seems like a truly awesome person. The View From the Cheap Seats is a collection of his non fiction works, including forwards, speeches, articles and essays. I listened to the audio version, which is read by Neil himself, and it was just so good. He talks a lot about his childhood and the role that books played in his life and it was all just brain candy for me. If you’re a fan, I definitely recommend this one.
I’ve discovered graphic novels and my life may never be the same. I have a whole lot of things I’d like to say about the Saga series, so definitely plan on seeing a review go up as soon as I finish the last few volumes. For now, I just want to call it out and recommend it with great enthusiasm. It’s definitely strange and full of a lot of graphic violence, which isn’t everyone’s bag, but the story is enthralling and the art is absolutely gorgeous.
Exit West is one of the most unique and beautiful reading experiences I’ve had in a very long time. I went in knowing almost nothing about it, which I think is the way to go. With that being said, I will not elaborate on why I love it, but know that I recommend it highly, especially in our current climate. On the surface, it tells the story of two lovers in the midst of war, but in Hamid’s capable hands, you’ll find it’s about so much more than that. Check this one out but prepare yourself to feel ALL OF THE FEELS.
I feel like I could call out basically everything I read this month, as I enjoyed it all so much. Here’s the whole lineup with my ratings if you’re so inclined…
Free to Learn – 5 crowns
Heartless – 4 crowns
The Fate of the Tearling – 5 crowns
Eliza and Her Monsters – 4 crowns
A Twist in Time – 4 crowns
Goodbye, Vitamin – 4 crowns
Saga Volume 1 – 4 crowns
The View From the Cheap Seats – 5 crowns
Night of Cake and Puppets – 4 crowns
Exit West – 4 crowns
Rabbit Cake – 4 crowns
Afterlife – 4 crowns
Saga Volume 2 – 5 crowns
Saga Volume 3 – 5 crowns
Saga Volume 4 – 5 crowns
Happy Reading, everyone! If you’ve read any of these, let me know what you think!