My favorite memory of going back to school was the reading list. I know you’re given these at the end of the school year, and reading them all year long. But there was just something about the end of summer, the cool weather, and finishing up the last of your books, that was just inspiring!
I get the same feeling now, and I’ve queued up a few books for my Fall Reading List. Who would have thought, as adults, we would voluntarily make reading lists?!
REVIEW OF AUGUST BOOKS
Land of Love and Drowning– I have to admit, I only was able to read one book this month, which is very unlike me. But life went ahead and got in the way 🙂 so here is a summary from Amazon, since I really am interested in this book, and I hope you get the chance to read it too:
In the early 1900s, the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule, and an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea. Orphaned by the shipwreck are two sisters and their half brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them.
Chronicling three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s, Land of Love and Drowning is a novel of love and magic, set against the emergence of Saint Thomas into the modern world. Uniquely imagined, with echoes of Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, and the author’s own Caribbean family history, the story is told in a language and rhythm that evoke an entire world and way of life and love. Following the Bradshaw family through sixty years of fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, love affairs, curses, magical gifts, loyalties, births, deaths, and triumphs, Land of Love and Drowning is a gorgeous, vibrant debut by an exciting, prizewinning young writer.
I like you just the way I am– Same deal with this one, take it away Amazon:
Jenny Mollen is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles. She is also a wife, married to a famous guy (which is annoying only because he gets free shit and she doesn’t). She doesn’t want much from life. Just to be loved—by everybody: her parents, her dogs, her ex-boyfriends, her ex-boyfriends’ dogs, her husband, her husband’s ex-girlfriends, her husband’s ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriends, etc. Some people might call that impulse crazy, but isn’t “crazy” really just a word boring people use to describe fun people? (And Jenny is really, really fun, you guys!)
In these pages, you’ll find stories of Jenny at her most genuine, whether it’s stalking her therapist (because he knows everything about her so shouldn’t she get to know everything about him?); throwing a bachelorette party so bad that one of the guests is suspected dead; or answering the eternal question, Would your best friend blow your husband on a car ride to dinner if she didn’t know you were hiding in the backseat?
I Like You Just the Way I Am is about not doing the right thing—about indulging your inner crazy-person. It is Jenny when she’s not trying to impress anyone or come across as a responsible, level-headed member of society. With any luck it will make you better acquainted with who you really are and what you really want. Which, let’s be honest, is most likely someone else’s email password.
The Book of Life– This was book 3 of the All Souls Trilogy, which I absolutely loved, as a whole. This book on its own wasn’t the best one, I feel like maybe Deborah Harkness went a little Twilight/Hunger Games with the love triangle aspect. Aspects of a Bella/Edward type relationship and family were also echoed in the main characters of Book of Life, but I was willing to forgive and go along with the story- it’s about witches and vampires, you can’t read it expecting a realistic portrayal of love and family love. Overall, I read it because I needed to complete the series, it didn’t fully encapsulate me the way the first 2 did, but it was serviceable and provided a nice neat ending!