I KILLED it in August, you guys.
I read 17 books in August. SEVEN-FUCKING-TEEN BOOKS. Okay, it’s not all that impressive – 4 of those were graphic novels. And 1 was a kid’s book. But still! So this is going to be a bit long, but at least the reviews are so teeny-tiny, right?
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – SO GOOD, so tear-inducing. Beautiful, poignant, sad.
Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore – Funny and heartwarming tale about Jody, who becomes a vampire. One of the best Moore novels, really.
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf – At turns whiny, elitist, and downright offensive. The fact that people praise this as a great feminist work leaves me dumbfounded. Ugh.
Dead Man Rising (Dante Valentine #2) by Lilith Saintcrow – Suffered a bit from repetitiveness and second book syndrome, but I’m still looking forward to reading the third book.
Goodbye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson – Short, weird graphic novel. The art was sometimes impressive, sometimes confusing, and I feel like it ended too abruptly.
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence – I WILL NEVER STOP GUSHING ABOUT THIS BOOK. Best I read this month, and definitely going to be in my top ten for the whole year.
Edge of the Universe by Paul Halpern – Non-fiction science book that had some good parts, but was too broad in scope and overall just didn’t work for me.
Matilda by Roald Dahl – My first Dahl book! Knew the story already because of the movie, but it was cute and short and an easy read.
Blankets by Craig Thompson – Huge graphic novel memoir about Craig Thompson’s childhood and first love – visually stunning and fantastic.
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut – It’s official. Vonnegut is one of those authors that everyone seems to love and I just don’t get him. Blech.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – Dazzling debut novel about Katey Kontent, making her way in NYC in the 1930’s. It was enchanting and I totally adore the main character.
The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig – Interesting premise of a supernatural drug underworld, but I was let down by the lack of character development. Womp womp.
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley – Graphic novel memoir about the author’s childhood with parents who loved to cook fancy food, and how it influenced her own love of food growing up. Short, really good, and it has recipes in it!
True Grit by Charles Portis – Awesome western classic novel about Mattie Ross, a 14-year old girl who sets out to avenge her father’s death. This was obviously the month of fantastic female main characters.
Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation by Aisha Tyler – A kick-ass new funny-famous-lady memoir. Hilarious, inspiring, and totally worth the read.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – Short autobiographical graphic novel about the author’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic revolution, sad and disturbing but also a tiny bit uplifting.
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff – New Japanese steampunk about a young girl named Yukiko facing off with the madman Shogun along with the unlikely help of a griffin. Really liked it – review coming next week, and can’t wait for the sequel this month!
*pats self on the back* Yes, I did pretty good for August! I mean, considering I was getting ready to move and everything. I can already tell September is going to be much suckier, because we’re a week into it and I haven’t finished a single book yet. Oh well.
So have you guys read any of these? Any on your to-read lists?