Ah, August. You were not good to me in terms of reading. I only got two books read this month, and I changed my reading challenge from fifty to sixty, so now I am only one book ahead. Still, I have a good feeling about September, and my good feelings for reading months tend to come to fruition.
Let’s get on to to the haul!
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- The Vegetarian by Han Kang
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
- The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Most of these were from the buy two and get the third free sale Barnes & Noble had. They’re having a 50% book blowout sale right now for anyone interested!
Now to books read.
Books Read, August:
The Vegetarian by Han Kang (5/5) — A slow descent into madness never told from the main character’s perspective, The Vegetarian is an act in three parts about Young-Hye and her transformation. First, from her abusive husbands point of view; second, from her sister’s husband’s; and third, from her sister’s. The book itself is a veritable fever dream. Young-Hye is as normal as they come, but after a reoccurring nightmare grips her in its clutches, she gives up on meat and begins an odd detachment from reality during which it seems as if she believes she is turning into a tree. But there is more to the book than that. It is a look at people, at the human condition, at societal standards–
“Even as a child, as far back as she could remember, she had done nothing but endure.”
This book is desperately trying to tell me something, but I don’t think I could ever put it into words.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (5/5) — Another strong book for this month, Sharp Objects tells the story of Camille Preaker, a down-on-her-luck Chicago journalist for a failing paper who has a history of cutting. She returns to her small Missouri hometown to do a piece on the two little girls who were murdered there, encountering darkness and deceit at every turn. The ending left me breathless, exclaiming “no! it can’t be!” more than once, and I loved the entire ride there.
Well, that’s it for August. See you all at the end of September!