books I read in August 2018

And just like that, the summer is over…

The girls and I packed all the books for a couple weekends away, and then we spent all our time with the books sitting open but ignored on our laps while we chatted instead. Weekends in town were spent training and performing and trying not to die from forest fire smoke inhalation.

I’m feeling super grateful for the friendships, family, and opportunities I have in my life… but, hey, global citizens, can we work just a little harder to save this beautiful planet we live on?

Books I read in August:

  1. The Chemist, by Stephanie Meyer
    There are books that are bad but you enjoy them because they’re cheesy and fun. This was just straight up incomprehensibly bad.
  2. Something in the Water, by Catherine Steadman
    If you can suspend your disbelief (like, a lot), this wasn’t terrible.
  3. Fierce Kingdom, by Gin Phillips
    Not for the faint of heart, but so, so good.
  4. Alice, by Christina Henry
    An interesting concept, just a little too dark and twisted for my tastes.
  5. How Yoga Works, by Geshe Michael Roach
    It’s interesting how much the principles of yoga align with the principles of self help. Basically, everything is a reflection of yourself… so be kind.
  6. Waking Gods (Themis Files #2), by Sylvain Neuvel
    Ooh… This was better than the first book. I wish we didn’t have to deal with the weirdly super-precocious-one-minute-and-then-useless-the-next 10-year-old, though. Also, I listened to the audiobook for this, and the actress who voiced the child sounded like a 45-year-old woman. So that probably made it worse.

The DNF list:

  1. My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent
    I don’t know… I just couldn’t get into this.
  2. Tin Man, by Sarah Winman
    I’m not sure why I took this out of the library. I read the first 50 pages and nothing happened, so I stopped.

YTD books read: 77
Goal: 100
Books to go: 23

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