It’s Monday, What are You Reading? August Wrap-Up

mondayIt’s Monday, What are You Reading is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

I’m enjoying a nice long Labor Day weekend but feeling a little bummed about summer being over. We had an unusually nice summer here in the DC region, and now it’s back to school and heading towards cooler weather. At least there’s football.

In August, here’s what I read:

  • Shades of Milk and Honey – Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Parasite — Mira Grant
  • Number the Stars — Lois Lowry
  • East of Eden — John Steinbeck
  • The End of Innocence — Allegra Jordan
  • The Full Ridiculous — Mark Lamprell
  • A Test of Wills — Charles Todd

And here’s what I reviewed:

  • The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit – Graham Joyce
  • The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  • East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin
  • Stardust – Neil Gaiman
  • The End of Innocence – Allegra Jordan
  • Episodes 1 through 4 of Outlander the Series

It was a very good month for reading and reviewing! My favorite this month was East of Eden, but Number the Stars and Parasite were also very good.

And of course I’ve been glued to Outlander, in case you haven’t noticed. I’ve been reading the book after each episode so I can see what was the same and what was different.

It was also a good month for challenges: East of Eden counts towards the Classic Club. Number the Stars counts towards the Classics Club and also the TBR Pile Challenge and the Around the World Challenge. The Awakening counts towards the Classic Club and TBR Pile Challenge.

What am I reading now? A book called The Spider and the Stone, a historical novel by Glen Craney about 12th Century Scotland, Robert Bruce, James Douglas and the Wars for Scottish Independence.

I recently discovered my library’s Overdrive system and picked up: Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal and The Reason I Jump, written by a thirteen year old boy with autism. I’m excited about both of these picks and even more excited about all the free books I’ll be reading from my library! The system is great, easy to search. I’ve built my wishlist and put holds on a lot of books. Now if I only had more time to read.

Enjoy the end of summer and the rest of Labor Day weekend!

  16 comments for “It’s Monday, What are You Reading? August Wrap-Up

  1. September 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    That’s a fair number of challenges you are doing. How do you keep track of all of them?

    • September 3, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks for commenting! I don’t keep track very well, but I created a page just for my challenges, which helps.

  2. Kim
    September 1, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Lots of good looking books on your list 🙂 I wish we all had the time to read, reading should take priority over a lot of other stuff:)

  3. September 2, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Thanks for mentioning The Spider and the Stone, I was not aware of this book, sounds so good I added it to my TBR. I’ll soon listen to The Storied Life… East of Eden is my favorite by Steinbeck. Glad you discovered Overdrive! I check out ebooks and eaudiobooks regularly from my library, we have actually 3 databases to do that, overdrive being one of them, really lucky to have that library

    • September 3, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks for commenting! I was surprised by East of Eden, an easy read with great characters. The Spider and the Stone is serious historical fiction, I learned so much about Scotland and Robert the Bruce. Review coming soon — well, sort of soon.

  4. September 2, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Wow good work on all your challenges!! I need to get going on my own Classics Club books. 🙂

  5. September 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I really liked East of Eden, too. I’m excited for Outlander fans. I haven’t read the series yet, but everyone seems to love it. Yay for Overdrive! I love being able to check out digital/audio books from the library. 🙂

    • September 3, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks for commenting! I’m super excited about Overdrive, I had no idea it would be so easy and have so many books I want to read. I’ve been checking in most days just to track my holds.

  6. September 2, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I hear The Storied Life is good. I don’t know any other book in your list.

    I still haven’t read one Outlander book. My sister loves them.

    I have to figure out Overdrive.

    Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

    • September 3, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks for commenting! Overdrive is really easy to use, you can create wish lists, track your holds, etc. Outlander isn’t for everyone but you can probably see there’s no middle ground, you love her books or hate them.

  7. September 2, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Wow, you did have a good reading month! And lots of reviews, too. Good for you! I would love to see the new Outlander TV series, but we don’t get Starz.

    I’m just the opposite – glad that summer is over and ready for fall!

    Enjoy your books this week/month –

    Sue
    Book By Book

    • September 3, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks for commenting! My reviews were up this month because no school. I start back this month but nothing will be as hard as statistics two nights a week. Enjoy your fall!

  8. September 2, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Great list of books you read in August! I loved Parasite and cannot wait to see how she continues the series. I hope you enjoy your September selection just as much!

    • September 3, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Parasite was so good! Have you read Love Minus Eighty? The toughest thing about September is just narrowing my selections – do I read what I already own or all the books that are tempting me?

  9. rivercityreading
    September 2, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Was that your first time reading Number the Stars? It was one of my absolute favorites as a child, so I wonder how well it translates to adulthood (I know The Giver still holds up for me!). Overdrive is such a fun discovery, hope you enjoy!

    • September 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Yes, first time… I need to read more of the Newbery books. It’s a pretty simple story but I love when a story is mostly based on real life, as this one is. And Lois Lowry is just so good.

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