Best of August

Whoa! August was an insanely busy month for me.  I had birthdays, starting grad school, events, people coming into town, me going of town, and simple daily mundane task all competing with my reading time, yet I some how managed to finish 11 books. Looking back, I don’t know how I managed it all. I still feel out of breath.

August was a decent reading month. I didn’t get to the really good stuff till the end of the month.

The first was Kindred by Octavia E.  Butler.

Kindred

If you’ve never read anything by Octavia E.  Butler, Blood Child and Other Stories is a great place to start, but if you want to jump right into her novels, Kindred is a great place too. Kindred got me really thinking about my life and how it has been shaped by my ancestors. Dana, the main character, is a writer from Los Angeles. She and her husband Kevin, who is also a writer, have recently moved into their new home.  They live a decent life, both glad to finally be doing what they love for a living. As the book begins, Dana is suddenly transported from a modern 1974 L.A., to the deep antebellum South.  What follows is terrifying portrayal of slavery and all of the  cruelty and brutally of that era. Dana quickly discovers her purpose for going back in time, and while she understands the importance of it, she can’t reconcile her participation in it.  The novel doesn’t hold back from much, and I found myself thinking about it  for a really long time. It’s  the best time travel book I’ve ever read.

My next pick will come as no surprise to anyone who is knee deep in these installments.

Saga 4

Saga volume 4 by Brain K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I have to be honest, this has been my least favorite so far, but it still had everything I love about this comic series. I can’t say much without giving away spoilers form the previous volumes, but if you are a Saga fan, you will still laugh and love your time with this crazy family.

Last but not least is Self-Portrait in Green by Marie Ndiaye.

Self_Potrait My last book comes straight out of TBR shelf. Good thing to since it was nearing its acquiring date. I already talked about this one in my Women in Translation Challenge post, so I don’t have much to say here. It’s a tiny book that takes you on an odd journey. I liked that it was a book written by a woman,  about women.  I’ve had a difficult time describing this one to people. All I can come up with is that it’s strange in the best way possible. You’re never quite sure of what’s going on, but you’re committed to it regardless.

And that was the best of my reading month.  I can’t believe September is already here! Fall is my favorite season (or what counts for fall here  Southern California). I’m trying to fight an impending reading slump by diving into Harry Potter. It’s always so good to be back in that world.

Fall is such an exciting month for publishing and events, and I might just be trying to kill myself with all the books I’m trying to squeeze into this month, but really what other way would I go out then by reading?  If I fall of the face of the inter webs, you all know why.

What were some of your  books this month? What are you most  looking forward to for Fall?

Happy Reading 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Best of August

  1. Kindred looks pretty good! As for me, there were a few. Everything I Never Told You and Did You Ever Have a Family jump out in my mind. Next month will be rockin’! And yeah, no harm going back to Harry!!

    • It is! I’ve heard such good things about Everything I Never Told You. I know I need to read it. Haven’t heard of Did You Ever a Family, I’ll have to look into it!

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