August 2014 Reads

In August, I read 11 books and I’m now at 78 for the year.  With work starting back up again and taking graduate classes, my reading has slowed down, but I’m still hoping to finish 100 books this year!  Here’s what I read in August…

Spellcaster by Claudia Gray — 2 Stars. I was wooed by the cover of this book at the library, but it was just ok. I don’t think I’ll be reading the next installment.  There are definitely better teenage witchy magic books out there.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers — 4 Stars. This started a little slow for me, and I wasn’t sure I was all that interested. It didn’t take long for me to really become invested in the story, though.  Assassin nuns?  How can you go wrong?  I just picked up the next book in the series from the library, and I can’t wait to dive in.

Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater — 4 Stars. My goodness, I love the way this woman tells a story.  Another book in the Realm of Faerie.  I liked this better than Lament.

The Naming by Alison Croggon — 3 Stars. I’m actually a little undecided as to how I feel about this book.  I liked it, but it didn’t wow me.  Still, for being as long as it is and the constant walking in the woods plot, I am interested in the story and what happens next.  I really do hope there is less walking in the woods in the next installment, though.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys — 4 Stars.  Loved the setting.  Loved the characters.  Josie is an interesting and unique female protagonist.  She lives in a bookstore and is the daughter of a prostitute.  This was an engaging young adult mystery.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson — 4 Stars.  This is one of those cases where I would never have picked up the book if I didn’t already like the author.  The cover is just stupid and in no ways conveys anything about the book.  Anyhow.  This was a sweet, fun, sentimental travel adventure about finding yourself.  Ignore the stupid cover.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin — 3 Stars.  This was creepy, weird, paranormal young adult read.  Creepy in a good way.  Only three stars because I wish the story had been more developed.  Perhaps the next book will have more answers for me.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Calahan — 4 Stars.  This was a fascinating medical memoir.  Like an episode of House, except real.  Extremely interesting non-fiction read.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach — 5 Stars.  This is one of those Great American Novels.  So, so good. I loved the characters and felt like I knew them personally. Don’t be fooled by the baseball premise. This book is about baseball in the way that baseball is about life.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin — 5 Stars.  I checked this out from the library, but I’m going to need to own a copy of this book.  This is going straight to the top of my recommended reads. I can’t even tell you how much I loved this lovely little book. I wanted to take up residence in it. It was over far too soon. If you are a book lover, you will love this book. This book is about a bookstore, books, book selling, and life. Loved every page.

A More Beautiful Questions: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger — 4 Stars.  This book is about exactly what the title says: the ways that asking questions can help us solve problems.  It took me over a month to read this book because it constantly caused me to stop and reflect.

That’s it for my August reads!  Stay tuned for an exciting bookish announcement later this week!



  1. I read Mara Dyer last year, but right now I can’t remember it at all. And I love love loved Grave Mercy (liked the second one even better, actually), Art of Fielding, and AJ Fikry. Good choices.

  2. I love reading these posts and always open Goodreads to add some of yours to my “to-read” list. Thanks!

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