What I Read In August

Happy September, friends! August was a crazy month for me, but I still managed to get some books read. Partially because I am part-hermit so I'm totally fine sitting on the couch reading instead of going out and about. I've got the tiniest bit of summer fatigue. Like, I don't want pool season to end, but we had TWO WHOLE DAYS of nice, cooler weather and man does it make me want to wear jeans and maybe a sweater without sweating out all of my body's water supply. ANYWAYS, let's get to the real reason I'm here today - books! As always, linking up with Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books. If you missed what I read in July, you can find that here!

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The first page of a chapter in The Huntress is displayed on a kindle paperwhite sitting on a lime green and white glider with a cup of coffee in a mug featuring lovey turtles, taken on one of those fake fall mornings where it was a crisp, nice 69 degrees Fahrenheit

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: All of my holds tend to come off at once. I think that's because I place them all at once too? Like, oh, this book isn't available, so maybe this one is, oh no another hold. So then I'm in a little bit of a time crunch to finish them. I really enjoyed this one, had a hard time putting it down. It's nice to know that when everything is terrible awful no good that there can be a love story. That there can be light in the dark. It's also really cool that it's based on a true story. That warms your heart too.

Lord Edgeware Dies: I snagged another Poirot novel to be a bit of a buffer between Auschwitz and Columbine, but of course while I was reading that TWO MORE books I wanted to read came off of holds (The Huntress and I Was Anastasia) If I've said it once, I've said it a million times, but I love all of the Poirot books. I'm apparently an Agatha Christie Stan at this point. I love trying to guess who dunnit, to almost always be fooled. I think I figured this one out right as Poirot did though, and it wa a very fun one! As always, I recommend all of the Poirot novels.

The Huntress: I loved The Alice Network so I was super excited for this one to come off of holds. I think I placed the hold way back in April when I first got my library card. This was also book 30 of 30 of my goodreads goal! HOLY COW YOU GUYS. This was so good. I tore through it. It does this thing in the middle, that not everyone will like but I did, where it kind of lulls you into just a nice day to day life of all the characters. Because that's what happened to the characters, you're also experiencing it, but as the reader you know a little bit that they don't, and then when it clicks with the characters it takes OFF and oh my god it was so good. You should absolutely read it. And thank you to everyone in Show Us Your Books who read it before me. WOW. ALL the stars guys. All of them.

The Aviator's Wife: After I decided to quit I Was Anastasia, I found this title and then two days later, two more books came off of my library holds. I really wish they gave me the option to be like "let the person behind me take this turn, and I'll get it after they do!" Anyways. This one is about Charles Lindbergh's wife. As you know, I've already read about Ernest Hemmingway's first wife, and Einstein's wife.. So there's a trend here where I'm interested in the stories of these incredible women who kind of faded behind the scenes. I honestly had no idea about Anne Lindbergh until I picked this one up. I learned a lot of things I didn't know, like that Charles Lindbergh was a Nazi sympathizer. There are some other things that I don't know if they'll spoil the book, or if they were common knowledge I didn't know. I really enjoyed this, even though I kind of didn't care for either Charles or Anne for a little bit. I thought it was super interesting though, I definitely recommend picking it up if you're a sucker for the strong wives who somehow get overshadowed by their husbands.

Radium Girls: I'm not sure that I'll get out of WWII any time soon. Somehow I'm all the way down the rabbit hole and maybe having some trouble distinguishing what's current and what happened 80 years ago... This one came off of holds the day before Beloved did so I had the Libby app very kindly letting me know that there were people waiting for both of the books I had checked out. This is the first non-fiction book I've read since Alexander Hamilton and I was shocked at the level of gaslighting they did to these women. I'm not sure why that ever surprises me, but it was intense you guys. I thought I would be done with this one before today, but I'm only about 60% of the way there. It's incredible and hard to read and it makes me so angry and knowing it's all real makes it hurt my heart so much more. So, for being 60% of the way done, I still recommend this one.

I've also had Beloved & The Lost Girls Of Paris come off of library holds so I'll be working on those for September. I really need there to be a way to pause my holds, so I can get caught up on the books I have and maybe the person behind me can go ahead and read one of the books before me. I think I have a couple more that are about to drop, so I'll be hiding from the heat in with my nose in a book for a while.

I Was Anastasia: This one also came off of a 12 week hold the day after The Huntress, I was a little scared I wouldn't finish The Huntress in time to get to this one. Libby tells you how many people are waiting for your particular copy. This one was a little harder for me to get into because the style of narration changes every chapter or so. Goes back and forth from third person to first person which made me a little dizzy? I honestly made it through the first 120 pages before I admitted defeat. It was not for me. 
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That's all I have for August! Did y'all read anything good? I find so many good books from this Show Us Your Books link up, I look forward to it every month! 

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