I read a lot from my bookshelf in August – although several of the books were shorter or easier reads. Skinnybones took just over an hour, but I read it since my daughter is reading it in school. Economics in One Lesson was not on my list, but it came available at the library and I’ve been wanting to read it for a while. It was very informative! You’re Worth It! was also a spur-of-the-moment read, but it was inspirational. I did not finish Lonesome Dove, but I will finish it early this month.
I have 76 books on my have-read bookshelf so far this year – a lot more already than my usually 52 books a year! I really think that setting reading goals each month is not only helping me read more, but also read a wider variety of books. I’m glad those books include at least 8 classics, 8 inspirational, 8 historical and 8 biographical books. I have learned a lot this year so far from the books I’ve read and have been starting to make a dent in the to-read bookshelf.
In the past, I would usually just grab a book from my to-read pile or start reading what is available from my hold list on Overdrive. Instead, I am choosing a fiction, historical, biographical, inspirational and classic to read each month and then after I have read those five, I can read whatever I find that’s available. I will also have book club books to read from a moms group and the online book club on this site. Oh, and there are the advanced copies I receive to review. Lots of reading going on here!
In August, I read the following 11 books (reviews to come soon):
- A House Among Trees by Julia Glass
- Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
- The American Spirit by David McCullough
- Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazitt
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
- In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
- You’re Worth It! by Danielle Bean
- Rita’s Story by Rita Klaus
- Forever, Erma by Erma Bombeck
- Skinnybones by Barbara Park
For August, here is my to-read list:
Fiction: Camino Island by John Grisham
I have enjoyed every John Grisham book I’ve read and I must have put my name on the library’s list at just the right time, because my name came up on the hold list already!
Historical: Heretics and Heroes by Thomas Cahill
A friend of mine who is a history expert recommended Cahill’s books, so I’m starting with Heretics and Heroes. I do love learning about history!
Biographical: Mercy in the City by Kerry Weber
I was given this book at church and it tells the story of a woman who tries to live out the works of mercy every day in a “normal” life. It should be interesting and inspiring.
Inspirational: Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
I received this book at our moms book club August book swap and I’m excited to read it. It’s always good to be reminded to slow down and enjoy the daily treasures in life!
Classic: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
I actually started reading this book last November and didn’t finish it before it was due back to the library (ebook). I checked out the hard copy from the library, but it was almost three inches thick! So, my husband bought me the ebook so I can read it comfortably on my Kindle. I will finish it this month! (It’s really good!)
Moms Book Club: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I choose the book for this month’s book club and wanted to pick something fun and not too long. Hopefully a lot of moms read this month’s choice!
Read more about this choice at the link above and then join our discussion on the blog and on Facebook on Sept. 27.
Non-Fiction: Drone Warrior by Brett Velicovich
I want to learn more about the “drone” world and this is a recent release by someone who has worked with them.
Requested Reviews/Advanced Copies/Book Launch books:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Fearless Parenting by George Barna and Jimmy Myers
Among the Branded by Linda Smolkin
If you’re curious about what else I’ve read this year, you can visit my monthly bookshelves: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August.
What are you reading right now?
What are you planning to read this month? Comment below!