We’ve spent the last month of summer squeezing in as many trips and lazy days as we can between school shopping and curriculum planning. The books I’ve read recently are all over the place as a result. On long road trips, I generally listen to non-fiction and historical fiction audiobooks. On vacations themselves, I look for something lighter with a captivating plot. Between trips this month, I alternated between comfort picks (for me, that’s usually fantasy) and previewing middle grade chapter books for school this year. It’s an eclectic list, but I love it. It’s a pretty accurate representation of my life at the end of summer:
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman put me through the ringer emotionally, but I couldn’t put it down. I’m eagerly anticipating the movie next month.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett was both hilarious and a little disjointed since the story jumps all over the place in time and location. The combined genius of these fantasy heavyweights was as brilliant as I hoped, although I found I enjoyed some parts of it much more than others.
Somehow I made it through a university Spanish literature program without even hearing about I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño. I was more than happy to preview this Newberry winner for school this year and enjoyed it immensely. It also made me miss Madrid more than usual. What I wouldn’t give for a Sunday stroll through El Buen Retiro.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was as imaginative and engaging as I’d been promised, which is saying something indeed. I can’t believe it took me so long to read it.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John TIffany because of course I couldn’t stay away. My feelings were mixed, but I won’t ever turn down a chance to spend a little more time in my favorite magical world.
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown is another book I picked up for my third grader to read…once I was finished with it, of course. Peter Brown painted such an amazing picture of the island inhabitants and plucky Roz the robot.
Watership Down by Richard Adams is a book I read (and loved) in high school, but I couldn’t remember if it would make a good read aloud for school this year. I meant to skim around the book, but I ended up reading the entire thing again. Good books have that effect.
All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is another I’ve been meaning to read but afraid wouldn’t live up to the hype. It was a fabulously written book with so much beauty and insight. I can see why it’s getting so much love. That said, I wish it had ended about 10 pages earlier than it did.
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater is the book I’ve been most looking forward to reading this summer. It wasn’t my favorite book in the series, but it did conclude things nicely.
Snuff! by Terry Pratchett is only my second-ever Discworld novel. It was funny, quick-moving, and the mystery resolved in a satisfying way. I haven’t been able to bring myself to read any novels in the series that don’t star Sam Vimes. I just love him (and his butler) so much.
The only book I couldn’t bring myself to finish was The Goblin Emporer by Katherine Addison. I picked it up based on amazing recommendations, but I couln’t get past the slow start and incredibly complex names. They can’t all be right for every reader.
Am I the only one who can’t believe we’re nearly to September? What have you been reading lately to finish out the summer?