What I Read in August
|October 18, 2014||Posted by Jess under Books, Comics|
(Yes, I know I’m behind.)
Week Thirty-One (August 3-9): Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. I feel like Mindy Kaling and I should be best friends. We can day drink and ogle Chris Evans together. How do I make that happen?
Week Thirty-Two (August 10-16): The Giver by Lois Lowry. I finally read this dystopian classic and yes, it is very good. No interest in seeing the movie, though.
Week Thirty-Three (August 17-23): Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. I love Raina’s work, especially since she mostly writes and draws her own adolescence and we appear to have had the same ones (dental mishaps, school plays, oldest child to a middle sister and baby brother). This one didn’t cut as close to the bone for me as Smile did, but Raina’s art is always a delight and her familial trials and tribulations both hilarious and heartbreakingly realistic.
Week Thirty-Four (August 24-30): 1776 by David McCullough. I’ve enjoyed McCullough’s work in the past so I picked up this one since it was super cheap on Amazon. It takes an extremely detailed look at the Revolutionary War over the course of that landmark year, so it’s lucky that 1776 was a storyteller’s dream, from the early victory at Dorcester Heights to the loss of New York to the last-minute, underdog triumph at Trenton. Thanks, history! I think this might be a little too closely and narrowly focused for me, though – I’d rather just have something cover the whole war without going on endlessly about how everyone felt every single day of that year.
Week Thirty-Five (August 31-September 6): The Duchess War by Courtney Milan. Minerva Lane and Robert, Duke of Clermont, both have secrets – and to protect her own, Minnie will have to expose Robert’s, even though she’s falling for him. Basically everyone I know who reads romance novels has recommended Milan to me, and she is as great as advertised. I loved Minnie’s brilliance, couldn’t wait to find out her (delightfully melodramatic and bizarre) secret, and laughed out loud in a few places. A+ romance, for sure.