Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What I've Been Reading in August

At the beginning of August I wrote about the week-long binge read-a-thon called BookTubeAThon, and while I didn't expect that I would ACTUALLY read 7 books in a week, I made a hypothetical list of the 7 books that I would read if I could read 7 books in a week. 

So how'd I do? By the end of August I have successfully completed 4 out of the 7 books that I hoped to read (and I'm currently 25% through another book from the list). 

Here's what I read in the month of August:


The Road by Cormac McCarthy / After finishing Ayn Rand's Anthem, I decided to pick up another post-apocalyptic/ dystopian future novel. Sure, this book was depressing, but it's also a great depiction of endurance, and the bond between a parent/child and father/son. It's both a terrifying and beautiful read.



Locke & Key, Vol. 5: Clockworks by Joe Hill / I'm another book closer to finishing this series. This book developed a little more of the character's back story. Only one more book to go.



Americanah by Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie / After reading two scary books, I was looking for a change, and the back of this book promised me a love story. And this book is a love story, but it's so much more than just a love story. This book follows Ifemelu and Obinze, two young people from Nigeria who are each others "first love". When university strikes begin to shut down universities in Nigeria, the couple make plans to migrate West to finish there educations- Ifemelu ends up in the USA and Obinze in England.

I really enjoyed the way that Ifemelu highlights the cultural, social, and racial differences between her life in Nigeria vs. her life in The States through her experiences and in the blog that she writes.

I felt like this was a very timely read given the many migrant headlines in both the USA and Europe and reading about the character's experiences made be feel more empathetic towards those people who are struggling to migrate to other countries to leave difficult (and sometimes dangerous) situations in order to achieve a better life for themselves and their families.


Lost at Sea by Brian Lee O'Malley/ I didn't plan on reading this book right away, but when I found it mis-shelved in the library I had to take it home. I could identify with the main character, Raleigh, being newly out of high school and feeling lost and I enjoyed the weird cat scene and the illustrations. But this book left me disappointed as it lacked the fun of the Scott Pilgrim series and it seemed like Raleigh could only be fulfilled by being in a romantic relationship.

Have you read any of these books? Have you read anything else good lately and have any book recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

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