|Some of August, plus one July title|
In chronological order, they were:
2. These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan. I had some respiratory issues last month and for those nights when I had to rest (i.e. not sleep) propped up in bed, this was a comfort re-read. It's the best Jane Austen fanfiction I've ever read.
3. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Whoa. I listened to this audio book that is Didion's record of the year she lost her husband and almost lost her daughter, twice. I can't imagine. Really well written, honest and moving and surprising in equal measure. I'd never read Didion before, but I certainly will in the future.
4. After Her by Joyce Maynard. This was a decent novel that also made my evenings of respiratory distress easier. Coming of age, a serial killer, misperceptions of youth. A quick read.
6. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. This YA novel was so bad that I had to write a review of it. I have since learned that it is supposed to be the first book in a series. Ugh. The clap-trap the publishing world pushes off on us is terrible sometimes. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IT IS AWFUL ENOUGH TO MAKE ME WANT TO USE A RUN-ON SENTENCE.
7. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Read this one as a favor to a friend at Algonquin. It's a fun and lighthearted and improbable romp through the life of a widowed independent bookstore owner on an island suspiciously like Nantucket.
8. Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson. Totally fun read. Darker moments (armed robbery, car bomb, rape) but overall pretty light and a little fluffy with large doses of Southern charm and humor. Review here.
9. Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor. Another YA novel, but this one was excellent. Think Ivy & Bean meets Love Story. Review here.
10. The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey. This audio book was absolutely riveting and I hope to review it soon. It also earned me a second work of non-fiction on my reading list this month, so YAY.
12. I should have quit while I was ahead, but I also read Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens. I thought this was pretty terrible. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IT IS ALSO AWFUL ENOUGH TO MAKE ME WANT TO WRITE A RUN-ON SENTENCE.