August reading slowed down from July now that we were back home and all into our school and work routines. Though that said I did manage a nine book month. So the list of books for August:
1. Exile – Denise Mina
2. Forgive – Jenni Dauchess
3. Prayer for the Dead – James Oswald
4. A Summerstroke Affair – Caroline Kington
5. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
6. Island Fling – Maris McEwan
7. The Machair Crow – Joycee Brown
8. Heartland – John McKay
9. The Frozen Lake – Elizabeth Edmondson
In volume it was a good month perhaps reflecting the slightly warmer weather but in quality it was a lean month. Missing the Hebrides books six to eight are set there and although they did a job in imagining myself back in the Islands none of the books really stood out. My favourite books would be Forgive which was a simple story but compellingly told and The Frozen Lake which is set in the Lake District just after the First World War a part of the world I love and I enjoyed the story which had a few twists through out.
The greatest disappointment was reading “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee. “To Kill A Mocking Bird” is not only my favourite book from childhood it is a book that I learnt many important life lessons from and the message that you have to see things from other people’s perspective not just your own is one I try to do. When I heard the book was being published I was so excited and did pre order it. But I waited a few weeks before reading it. The first part of the book was passable if you had read To Killl A Mocking Bird taking as it did you back to some well loved characters though there are some shocks there too. It then rapidly went down hill for me. My well loved book made you know we are all created equally. This book is interesting as it reminds you of the deep racial history of the Deep South of America and from a historical view point is accurate but the fact that it came from my favourite character of my favourite book upset me greatly. I was between a rock and a hard place I had to read this book and now that I have I wish I hadn’t though I know I was never going to be able to resist the temptation. My advice if you have read To Kill A Mocking Bird and loved it don’t read this hold on to the strong themes of this beloved first book. Sometimes it’s wrong to go back and I’m not convinced having read it that Harper Lee ever wanted it to be published. It reads to me as an author’s notes building her characters. A huge disappointment and sadly for now has tarnished what for me was my favourite ever book.