Reading Lately: August Book Review

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.” Anna Quindlen

This year has been the year of reading for me. My goal for the year was 36 books and I have already reached my goal! Today I am reviewing 5 of my 2018 reads.

So far, I have read the following titles (absolute favorites in bold): Food Rules  /  Tiny Crimes  /  The Little Book of Tidying  /  The Mindful Way to a Goodnights Sleep  /  Survival Lessons  /  A Short Guide to a Long Life  /  The Catcher in the Rye  /  Night Shift  /  Of Thee I Sing  /  The Old Man and the Sea  /  And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer  /  The Hate U Give  /  Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine  /  The Last Mrs. Parrish  /  Everything Everything  /  Stay with Me  /  Dear Madam President  /  The Ostrich and Other Lost Things  /  The Twelve Tribes of Hattie  /  Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life  /  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  /  The Last Lecture  /  History of Wolves  /  The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People  /  Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk  /  Destination: Simple – Rituals and Rhythms for a Simpler Daily Life  /  We Should All Be Feminists  /  Tuesdays with Morrie  /  The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well  /  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo  /  The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up  /  Creative Confidence  /  What Now?  /  Where’d You Go, Bernadette  /  Make Good Art  /  They Both Die At The End  /  Today Will Be Different  /  Into The Water  /  The Rosie Project  /  A Simplified Life  /  Anniliation  /  The Mothers  /  Sing, Unburied, Sing  /  Turtles All The Way Down  /  Imagine: How Creativity Works  /  Exit West

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Reading Lately: August Book Review

Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Murder and Mystery
Lincoln Michel  

(2/5) I absolutely adore short stories, especially ones about murder and mystery, so I was delighted when I came across this book at my local library. I was expecting most of the stories to be okay, a few to be bad and a couple to really stand out, but unfortunately, I didn’t really feel drawn into any of the stories. I almost gave up half way through the book (there are 40 stories total) but kept going hoping that at least one would really be memorable, but ultimately, that wasn’t the case. The one saving grace is that every story is only about a 5-7 minute read, so you truly can read these stories on the go.

Survival Lessons
Alice Hoffman  

(5/5) Having never read an Alice Hoffman novel, I wasn’t sure what I would think about this short advice book, but it ended up being really meaningful to me (plus, now I have a new author to explore). I checked this out from my local library and now have actually purchased it for my home collection. Alice was diagnosed with cancer, 15+ years ago, and this book is the honest and wise advice she wishes she had heard at the time. Her words really struck a chord with me and I would recommend this book a thousand times over.

Night Shift
Debi Gliori

(5/5) This is a very simple book, that I would characterize as more of an illustrated graphic story, but it sure did pack a punch. In Night Shift, Debi Gliori illustrates how depression affects your entire outlook on life but also shows that there may be an escape. The text is deceptively simple, but the entire book is moving and insightful.

The Last Mrs. Parrish
Liv Constantine 

(4/5) The Last Mrs. Parrish is a psychological thriller that actually caught me off guard. The first half of the book follows Amber as she befriends Daphne Parrish, in an attempt to steal her wealthy husband. The second half of the book details that same time, through the eyes of Daphne, where you learn the inner works of her marriage to Mr. Parrish. This book is dark and shocking, but you will not want to put it down. Novels that are over 400 pages like this one, usually take me weeks to finish, but I go through this one in just days.

The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger

(2/5) This year, I have a goal of reading at least 5 classic novels, so I started with Catcher in the Rye, and to be honest, I didn’t really get the appeal. The story follows 16-year-old Holden through different events over the course of a few days. I personally didn’t connect with Holden, and since the novel is character driven, rather than plot driven, I had a hard time grasping the story. I can appreciate this was a groundbreaking story for the era, however, it is not a story I will be reading again.


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  • Reply
    August 16, 2018 at 3:06 am

    I felt the same way about The Catcher in the Rye. Thanks for sharing your list and thoughts!

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    August 16, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I’m always looking for new books to read and these sound really interesting! I love murder mystery type books so I’m going to check out Tiny Crimes. Thanks for sharing!

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    August 16, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Oooooh I loved the Catcher in the Rye. It’s a little crude I’ll give you that but I liked the essence of it. I wonder though if I would like it as an adult (I suppose I was an adult when I read it but it was college and I suppose I’ve grown a bit since then). You have read sooooo many books!! I’m impressed. I’m reading about a book every two weeks or so right now but that’s definitely not the norm! I can’t wait to check these ones out – you always have such great reviews <3 Jamie

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    August 16, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    You got me hooked with ‘The last Mrs Parrish’. I can’t wait to get my hands on that – love psychological thrillers!

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