It’s the August Wrap-Up on Something Bookish! Whoop Whoop!
Welcome to my August wrap-up. Did you have a good reading month? I did. Did you notice that this month really dragged? I couldn’t wait for it to end but I’m glad I was able to fill up the days with some impact-filled books. I also met and fell in love with two male characters. And before you ask, yes they’re older men. Barry and Ove will stay in my heart for a very long time.
I’d hoped that I would be able to finish an online course but I got distracted by books and TV. You need to watch A Black Lady Sketch Show. It’s the most hilarious show ever. So funny. Check out one of the sketches below.
I don’t think I was able to travel around the world as much as I wanted but I discovered new authors to be in love with. In compiling this post, I discovered that immigration was a thread that ran through most of my reads. I didn’t plan it, I promise. I really enjoyed August tbh.
Anyhoo, here’s my monthly wrap-up…
- On Earth We’re Briefly – Ocean Vuong 3/5
I thought this novel was beautiful but it was a bit too beautiful for my tastes. I’ve never been a lover of poetry and I think that’s why I couldn’t get into it properly. But I’d still recommend it.
- City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert 4/5
I loved this book so much. I’ve always like Gilbert style of narration. If she had recorded the audiobook herself, I would have gotten it too. A lot of people say this book is lazy and stale but I don’t think it is. The book set out to tell the story of a girl’s coming of age and it was achieved beautifully.
- The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai 3/5
I picked this up because it’s Booker season and this book won the Booker in 2006. I appreciate the complexity in this story but something that I can’t place a finger on blocked me from connecting with the story. If you’re a fan of beautiful sentences, I recommend this book.
- I’d Rather Be Reading – Anne Bogel 3/5
I have been listening to Anne Bogel’s podcast What Should I Read Next for over six months now and I love her. You have to check it out. So when I saw that she also wrote a book, I had to find it. I listened to this book and it was a fun way to pass the time. It’s not serious reading, more like observations of the reader and their reading life.
- She Would Be King – Wayetu Moore 5/5
I loved this book and I wrote a full review which you can read HERE. Highly recommended.
- Mr Loverman – Bernardine Evaristo 4/5
After falling in love with Evaristo through Girl Woman Other, I decided to read her previous books. The main character, Barry, was a joy to read. He is a character that will always be dear to me. If you enjoy reading books that creep up on you, you’d enjoy this one.
- A Bit Of Difference – Sefi Atta 4/5
This was a re-read. I wanted to remind myself of the genius of Sefi Atta and I wasn’t disappointed. If you haven’t read her, you need to pick her up ASAP.
- 10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World – Elif Shafak 5/5
I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked this up but it wasn’t this. It’s not the most well-told story I’ve ever read but it struck a chord. I loved all the characters and this book might make it to my top books of 2019. I don’t want to give spoilers, please just read the blurb and enjoy it.
- Pride of Baghdad – Brian K. Vaughan 3/5
This was my first comic book of the year. I know the more cultured people call it, graphic novel, but it’s still a comic book. I enjoyed this one though. I think I’m going to try to read another one before the year runs out.
- Harmattan Rain – Ayesha Harruna Attah 2/5
Harmattan Rain was purchased at Ake Festival last year because I enjoyed The Hundred Wells of Salaga so much. This book didn’t live up to my expectations. This was a basic book and I don’t like basic books.
- Mother of Pearl – Mary Morrissy 3/5
This book crept up on me. I wasn’t expecting to like it. I just discovered it’s been on my shelf for over two years and it was calling my name. I think I need to read more Irish authors after this.
- A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman 5/5
Another character that is forever imprinted on my mind is Ove. I enjoyed this book so much that I’m going to find all of Blackman’s books. I almost shed a tear. I’ll be recommending this everybody I meet.
- A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose – Eckhart Tolle 4/5
All I can say about this book is that, when you’re trying to find yourself or your will live, this is a good start. I have so much work to do and reading this helped me. A lot.
- Travellers – Helon Habila 4/5
Helon Habila does it again! I think we all need to recognize that this one is one of the best contemporary fiction writers from Nigeria. I wrote a full review for this book that you can read HERE.
- Elsewhere, Home – Leila Aboulela 3/5
I picked this book up because I’m getting ready for Ake Festival and she is a guest. I have read a couple of anthologies in the past that I enjoyed but this one was different. I liked the stories but I felt they were too short. Just as I’m about to get into the story, it ends. Maybe I’m not the one who doesn’t know how to work short stories yet but I’ll try with her novels because I liked these ones.
Did you have a favourite read in August? What’s on your September TBR? Share with me in the comment section.
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