I picked up speed again in August with the amount I was reading. I also started a second book club, which focuses on historical fiction of the non romantic variety. It’s amazing, why did I not do it sooner? Over all, I really enjoyed all six of the books I read…a lot. If you need a book to read, I highly recommend any of these on the list.
1. Mata Hari’s Last Dance by Michelle Moran. Moran is fast becoming one of the authors whose writing I crave. This book was fascinating! It was the first for the new book club and we all loved it. I’ve realized that historical fiction biographies are the crown jewels of what I prefer to read and this is a great one! I will I’m sure read all of her books within the next few months.
2. Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian. This was another fascinating book. In scanning the pile from August, I’m pretty sure I learned more from these six books combined than I have in any other month. This one is incredibly well written and about a man transitioning to a woman. It alternated from the main characters POV to the perspective of those who love her. I read Midwives by Bohjalian recently and loved that as well. Great author!
3. The Secret Lives of The Four Wives by Lola Shoneyin. Set in Nigeria about a man and his four wives. Divided into sections from each wives perspective. Half the time I had to keep reminding myself that the story was current and not one of my beloved historical fictions. Well written and an engaging story.
4. Gulp by Mary Roach. I think this is my favorite Mary Roach book so far. Well, Stiff might still be my favorite, but this is at the very least tied for first. There was a lot of food/eating bits tied in with this subject matter which delighted me. She writes with such a wry sense of humor, making science writing witty…I think that’s a talent very few have!
5. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. Read for book club. It gets a bit woo woo, but I liked this one. Whose to say that all of these books I’ve been reading for book club this year have not sub consciously influenced the career risks I’ve been taking? I’m would never read self help books on my own, so it’s been interesting to delve into them. I’m sure they played a bigger part in the changes than I’m giving credit for!
6. Sounds Like Crazy by Shana Mahaffey. The second I read the back cover of this book, I knew I’d love. It was basically like reading a really detailed version of the show United States of Tara. An interesting story about a woman dealing with Dissociative Identity Disorder. I’m trying to not use fascinating to describe it, but it applies to every single book this month.
You know when you read a book and it makes you crave more knowledge? It’s like you just want to absorb more and more and more of anything and everything all at once because what you’re reading is teaching and expanding your knowledge so strongly. All of these books gave me that feeling. Loved them all! Unfortunately I ended the month with major surgery though, so the anesthesia slowed me down for the past month. I’m happy to share that I’m starting to finally feel my head come out of the fog these past few days though. I have been collecting so many great books to dive into, I think I’m reading seven at once right now!