August was a great reading month. I did have a mini slump, but I’m over my huge summer reading slump, so that’s a plus. I read a total of seven books, most of which I really liked. And I found a new favorite, which is always great. Overall, I’m pretty happy with what I read this month, and there’s a lot to go over, so let’s just get into the wrap up.
What I Read:
Kismet by Luke Tredget – ★★☆☆☆. I picked this up because I was looking for a fun summer read. Also, the fact that the main character is the same age as me caught my eye (it’s fairly rare to find characters in their late twenties who aren’t married with kids). But this story got weird, and not in a good way. Read my review of Kismet to find out more.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ★★★★★. Fortunately, I followed up a mediocre book with an amazing one. I absolutely loved this book. I read it in a single day, which is something I haven’t done in months. If you haven’t read this yet, drop everything right now and go get yourself a copy. Trust me. Check out my review of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo for more.
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows – ★★★★☆. I loved My Lady Jane when I read it last year, and I love Jane Eyre, so, obviously, I had to read this. And it was really good. Not quite as amazing as it’s companion novel, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I’ll most likely do a review soon, so keep an eye out for that.
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham – ★★★☆☆. I was running a bit behind on my reading this month (I went like nine days without reading anything at all), so I kind of sort of cheated with my nonfiction book of the month and picked this one up – it still counts, it’s just really short. It’s an expanded version of a commencement speech Lauren Graham gave. It didn’t blow me away, but it was interesting and funny, and I’d recommend it if you’re a fan of Lauren Graham.
All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare – ★★★☆☆. This was my Shakespeare play of the month, and I have to say, it is not at all what I was expecting. If anything, it reminded me a lot of The Canterbury Tales because it was so full of sex and sexual innuendos. Not my favorite, but it definitely made me laugh.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams – ★★★★☆. I decided to finally continue the Hitchhiker’s Guide series (I only have one book left now, if you don’t count the sixth one that Adams didn’t write and I’m not planning on reading). I love the first one, but books two and three kind of went downhill from there. But I’m glad I decided to keep going, because this one is almost as good as the first book. I really enjoyed it!
The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu – ★★★★☆. I’ve been meaning to read this for a while, and finally got around to it. It took me a good hundred pages or so to figure out what’s going on, but it ended up being really interesting. Not the most amazing science fiction book I’ve ever read, but it’s definitely unique. I’m glad I read it, and do plan on getting to the rest of the series.
What I’m Currently Reading:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I was in the mood for a classic, and I couldn’t decide which one to pick up, so I went with an old favorite. It’s been a while since I’ve read P&P, and I am really enjoying it this time around. I’ve been reading it on Project Gutenberg during downtime at work, so I’ve just been slowly making my way through it. Hopefully I finish it sometime in September.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. This will be out in a few weeks in the US (it’s already out in the UK, I believe). It’s kind of like a murder mystery Groundhog Day, and so far, I’m enjoying it quite a bit. Even though I don’t quite know what’s happening. I’ll have a review up within the next couple of weeks.
What I Watched:
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I know I’m late on this one, but I finally saw it. And I hate to say this, but I didn’t love it. I’ve been a fan of this franchise since I was six years old, and I really enjoyed the first Jurassic World, but this one just wasn’t quite as good. Personally, I thought there was just a lot of unnecessary animal cruelty (I know they’re fake dinosaurs, but still), and the entire beginning of the movie just made me really sad.
I Feel Pretty. I’m a fan of Amy Schumer, and I needed something fun to watch one day, so I rented this. And it was okay. My main problem with it is that it was really predictable. The trailer basically gave everything away. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t amazing, either. It does have a great message, though, I’ll give it that.
Life of the Party. Another bad week, another comedy rented. This one was pretty fun. It wasn’t my favorite Melissa McCarthy movie, but it definitely made me laugh. There were some pretty cringe-worthy moments, though. Serious second-hand embarrassment. But it was enjoyable.
Ready Player One. I put off watching this because I wanted to reread the book, but I gave in. And I’m glad I did. Because everyone who didn’t like it said it was too different from the book, and I didn’t remember the book well enough to care. So I ended up really enjoying it! Not as good as the book, but still good.
Like Father (Netflix). I wasn’t quite sold on this one, but I was having a bad day and decided to watch it on a whim. Mostly because I just really like Kristen Bell. And I enjoyed this more than I was expecting to. It was sweet, but also had a really good message. If you like feel-good movies with (almost) no romance, I’d recommend it.
Evil Genius (Netflix). Everyone’s been talking about this, and I love a good crime documentary, so I watched it. I thought the first episode was interesting (there is a very shocking, graphic moment early on, so be prepared for that), and the rest of the series was kind of boring in comparison. There are only four episodes, so not the end of the world, but just something to keep in mind. Still, it was really interesting.
Non Book Favorites:
Literary Book Gifts. I’ve been looking for a new tote bag to haul my books back and forth from work, and ordered two new ones from Literary Book Gifts. This is an awesome small business that prints vintage book covers on totes as well as t-shirts and sweatshirts. Not only are they gorgeous, they’re incredible quality – the totes I got are very sturdy, and the canvas is coated AND lined so I don’t feel like I’m going to immediately ruin them. I’m obsessed and will definitely be ordering more things. Once I decide which of the great designs I want. And good news, I have a promo code for all of you: use ADVENTURESOFABIBLIOPHILE20 to get 20% of everything from Literary Book Gifts!
Seriously, just look at this amazing typewriter tote: