Here we are, another month down and time for another re-cap of what I read during August. It was a fairly slow month for books as I was preoccupied with courses and trainings, but still managed to find time to finish nine books keeping me well on track for my goal of reading 100 this year.
While I think Zoe is quite possibly the only one who reads these posts I still enjoy keeping a log of what I’ve read here on the blog so I’m going to keep on publishing them. 🙂
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Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
I listened to the audible version of this read by Rosamund Pike, who was a wonderful choice to record this story. I do love Pride and Prejudice and this version only helped me to enjoy it even more so.
The Woman In Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
I often steer clear of hyped about books. I’ve never read Gone Girl, and when I read The Girl On The Train it made me so angry I couldn’t talk about it for days. So you might wonder why I’d even pick up this book that is often compared to both. Probably because it was at the second-hand bookstore where I had credit so I didn’t pay anything for it. Having said all of that, this book kept me interested until the end. I didn’t care of the characters that much, and certainly wasn’t overly invested in how it ended, but it kept me interested. And that counts for a lot. Unlike The Girl On The Train I didn’t figure out the ending to this before it was presented in the book, and I’m always appreciative when that happens.
Not my favourite story, but it gets points for keeping me entertained.
Running For Women – Jason Karp
I read this as part of a course I took to keep my running coach certification up to date. It’s an amazing resource for coaches, but also for the average female runner. Jason goes deep into the differences women need to consider when training that men don’t – primarily hormonally speaking, and how to best sync your running with the different parts of your cycle. Jason really is an amazing expert on running, and I think any female interested in the sport should read this.
Best Friends Forever – Jennifer Weiner
Oh boy. This book just didn’t impress me at all. I found all of the characters terribly flawed – as we all are – but so much so that I really didn’t like or feel connected with any of them. The ending was sickly sweet, even for me (and trust me, that’s saying something), and I was so happy to be done with it.
I’m starting to think that I’m just not a Jennifer Weiner fan. Much like I’ve decided I’m not an Emily Giffin fan.
The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot
I love the movies so I thought I’d give the series a try. It’s written for young girls so I couldn’t expect it to suck me in entirely (though 20 years ago I probably would have soaked it up!). I don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series but it was a good afternoon read!
You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero
As a yogi and someone who has done a lot of work on personal reflection and self discovery this was largely a review of things I’ve already learned. But even still, I really enjoyed it and have definitely taken a few nuggets of goodness from it that I’ve thought back upon many times in the month since I finished it.
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck – Mark Manson
In short – meh. It makes some good points, in that not giving a f*ck about everything means you can give a f*ck about the things that are most important to you, but it really didn’t inspire me, and now a few weeks later I can’t remember anything that really stuck out to me in this one.
Lion (A Long Way Home) – Saroo Brierley
I was a little disappointed in this – though it is still an amazing story, only because I expected it to be written in more of a story format. It is a story certainly, but it felt more like a recollection of memories more than a fleshed out story. I know, I know, it’s a true story, written by someone who wanted to tell their story but isn’t necessarily a writer. I should cut him some slack, but my harshness aside, it is definitely worth a read. The story is much more in-depth than is depicted in the movie (as is generally the case) and it a pretty quick read.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowlings
Still working my way through the audiobooks from audible read by Jim Dale. THe story is still perfection, as is the narration. Honestly these are just too good.
So far this month I’ve finished u pa number of books I had borrowed from the library, but am now moving on to trying desperately to get through some of my “to be read” pile here at home. I have some books borrowed from friends, others I bought well over a year ago that are just sitting there, and of course I still have most of the Game Of Thrones series to finish. I’m not allowing myself to put holds on any more library books until I get at least half way through that pile!
Let’s see how long that lasts, haha.
That’s it for this month’s roundup. Have you read any of the books in this month’s post? If so what did you think of them? I’d love to hear in the comments!