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What I Read This Month: August

I consider myself fairly with it, but lately…y’all I just don’t know. Work and dogs and house and life are just wearing me out and it’s starting to show. Case in point, I don’t have a photo of the books I read this month. Why? Because I forgot to import it before clearing my memory card.

And I’m not going to lie, that makes it really tricky to share the books I read this month. I guess the good news is that you’re only going to read about the super memorable ones, because I don’t have anything to jog my memory. I read so many books this month, but these are the three that stuck out for me.

The Lost Tudor Princess by Alison Weir “Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mother was a queen, her father an earl, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin, and grandmother of monarchs. Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, was an important figure in Tudor England, yet today, while her contemporaries—Anne Boleyn, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I—have achieved celebrity status, she is largely forgotten.”

Ok so this is not a light read by any means. In some spots, it feels suspiciously like a textbook, but I still found it super interesting.  If you’re a history nut and into a heftier book, this is a good one. I learned so much and really enjoyed the “story”.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin “Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.”

I heard amazing things about this one so I had really high expectations going in, but sadly it just didn’t live up to them.  I’m not quite sure what it was for me, but I never found myself rooting for Eilis. The plot was good, but I just didn’t connect with her as a character.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware “Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…”

My friend told me about the Book of the Month Club and I was immediately excited. For less than $18 a month, you get to choose a book from five options and it’s shipped to you. My first book was so good that I am glad I signed up for the three-month plan! It was full of twists and turns and I didn’t see the ending coming at all.  Even if you don’t sign up for the BOTM Club, I’d still recommend picking this one up from the library.

What did you read this month?

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