August was a mediocre month for reading despite many of the books on the list being current books that are being pro-actively marketed as must reads. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy them. I did any score above a three for me is a perfectly readable book it’s just they didn’t in my opinion merit all they hype. With two exceptions. The list for August is:
1. After I’ve Gone by Linda Green 4/5
2. Cows by Dawn Porter 4/5 (audio book)
3. Cast Iron by Peter May 3/5
4. Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown 3/5
5. Postcards from a Stranger by Imogen Clark 3/5
6. A divided spy by Charles Cumming
7. Every contact leave a trace by Elanor Dymott 3.5/5 (audio book)
8. The Betrayls by Fiona Neil 3/5
9. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan 3.5/5
The first two books were my stand out books of the month. The first is one of the said hyped books but for me was worthy of its marketing. It was one of those books you read really quickly then stare at it when you finish wishing you could start all over again. The second book was one that I listened to as an audio book. It’s both hilarious and laugh out loud while being a very accurate satire of current life both for celebrities and just us mere mortals. A satire for our time. Which had at the end a story line I didn’t see coming which was very clever. I nearly stalled the car as I took a deep breath and thought how clever. Dawn Porters book at first glance could be seen as chick lit. It’s not though it’s so much more. Very, very clever funny and thought provoking book. My book of the month.
Two ticks for 2017 reading challenge. A book published this year. After I’ve Gone as it was very much the best of the hyped books I read in August. And male author also ticked being Peter May. He’s one of my favourite authors though not as keen on his Enzo books hence the lower score. But I’m giving him the plaudit for he’s a great author.
Been reading through previous years August blog posts. Seems it’s always a low month for reading I think it’s the post Harris affect. And although I did try this year picking books that are promoted as must reads. It wasn’t the greatest month for reading. I think that maybe has something to do with my post holiday mood and then the back to reality with a bang. And less to do with the books.