What I Read: August
While I thought I’d spend the summer checking book after book off my reading list, the summer proved quite eventful – minimizing my reading time. Even so, the books I managed to read I certainly enjoyed.
Rating: five stars
Thoughts: I devoured this book. Interesting storyline. Complex characters. A little bit of mystery that kept me on my toes. Plenty of material to discuss after turning the last page.
It was the first book I’ve read by this author and I will certainly be back for more. In fact, I’ve already checked out another book to bring with me on vacation. I think it’ll be the perfect beach read.
I’d also recommend this as a book club selection. Good discussion would be sure to ensue.
Rating: five stars
Thoughts: A beautifully told story of survival against all odds. This book is far from a “fun” read, but it holds important truths we should never forget.
The author undertook a difficult task in telling this story. She struck the perfect balance in sharing both the tragedy of the situation and the beauty that arose during unthinkable times. With the utmost care and respect, she preserved a love story that should move us all.
Rating: four stars
Thoughts: As I consider myself a beginner writer, this book offered practical advice on how to approach the writing life.
This book isn’t meant to be consumed in a week. I believe it’s meant to be savored. I slowly worked my way through the chapters and applied the lessons learned to my writing life. Each chapter concludes with an “Initiation Tool” where you can apply the concept discussed in the chapter. From bad writing to specificity to credibility to vulnerability and dailiness, the exercises and tips help foster you into the life of a writer.
September Reading List
Preach to Yourself by Haley Morgan
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
On Writing by Stephen King
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
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