The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie (William Morrow, 2021)
The Human Factor – Graham Greene (Penguin Books, 1985)
Liturgy of the Ordinary – Tish Harrison Warren (Intervarsity Press, 2016)
The Baron in the Trees – Italo Calvino (translated from the Italian by Archibald Colquhoun)
Astra – Cedar Bowers (McClelland & Stewart, 2021)
Joan – Katherine J. Chen (Random House, 2022)
How to Fall out of Love Madly – Jana Casale (Dial Press, 2022)
Dead- End Memories – Banana Yoshimoto (Counterpoint, 2022) (translated from the Japanese by Asa Yoneda)
The Story of a Marriage – Andrew Sean Greer (Picador, 2008)
Ghost Eaters – Clay McLeod Chapman (Quirk Books, 2022)
Witches – Brenda Lozana
This House is Not a Home – Katłįà
City of Thieves – David Benioff
Books Read: 61/80 (10 in July)
Books Reviewed: 46/61 (1 in August)
Translated Works: 7/10 (The Baron in the Trees from Italian and Dead-End Memories from Japanese)
Reading Books I Already Own: 12/20 (Liturgy of the Ordinary, The Baron in the Trees, The Human Factor, Astra, and The Story of a Marriage were all books I already owned.)
Books from the TBR pre-2020: 15/20 (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (since 2016), The Human Factor (2018), Liturgy of the Ordinary (2019), The Baron in the Trees (2018))
Current TBR: 233 (previously 232)
So obviously this hasn’t been a prolific blogging month for me. I read a lot (10 books! yay me!) but I didn’t review any of them. There are several here though that I’d like to share my thoughts on so I hope to post some reviews in the next few weeks as I adjust to our family’s new fall schedule.
I really enjoyed the variety of books I read in August. They were set all over the world and fell into several different genres. Graham Greene, is of course, always a highlight. The Baron in the Trees turned out far more enjoyable than I expected. I picked up Astra after meeting Cedar Bowers at our local writers festival and then absolutely loved the book. How to Fall out of Love Madly turned out to be far richer and more thoughtful than the rom-com style book I pegged it as.
In total, I read 15 of the 20 books I chose. I didn’t review any of those in the time frame but I hope to revisit at least a few. So I feel like the challenge was a success for me, particularly as it got me reading some longterm TBR titles that I might have kept neglecting otherwise. Right now, I think I’ll join in again next year, perhaps with an adjusted goal.
Here’s the final list:
An Island – Karen Jennings 1000 Coils of Fear – Olivia Wenzel
Joan – Katherine J. Chen (currently reading)
How to Fall out of Love Madly – Jana Casale
Ghost Eaters – Clay McLeod Chapman
Library Books: (I left 2 blank spaces originally and have filled one with Sally Rooney and the other with Nino Haratischvili)
City of Thieves – David Benioff (currently reading this one)
Fleishman is in Trouble – Taffy Brodesser-Akner Five Tuesdays in Winter – Lily King Beautiful World, Where Are You – Sally Rooney The Eighth Life – Nino Haratischvili
Life & Holiness – Thomas Merton
The Human Factor – Graham Greene
The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen
Liturgy of the Ordinary – Tish Harrison
Pastoral – Nevil Shute
The Cocktail Party – T.S. Eliot
The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obreht
The Breadwinner – Deborah Ellis (I technically finished this on September 2nd so I’m not counting it in my August reading total but I am striking it off this list.) The Story of a Marriage – Andrew Sean Greer The Baron in the Trees – Italo Calvino
September is always a time of shifting schedules and rhythms in our household. This year is a big one since very soon I will have two children (that’s all of my children) in school full-time and I’ll be increasing my work hours. It’s always a time for me to set new goals of how I want my days to go and where my priorities are but I’m not yet sure how it will all work out and so I’m going slow in setting goals for myself.
Three books I do hope to read this month are: The Beauty Chasers by Timothy Willard, Pastoral by Nevil Shute, and The Flanders Road by Claude Simon.