Saturday, 31 August 2019

A Month In Books - August 2019

Welcome to August's Month In Books roundup! I will link this post up with Nicole's Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

I read thirteen books this month including the eagerly awaited The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and the Man Booker International Prize winner Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi. I also blogged five of my older reviews which hadn't made it to Literary Flits before, and thirteen Spotlight posts.

Regular blog series:
In August I blogged Reading Challenge and Bookish Bingo, and State of the ARC updates as well as a Cover Characteristics collection featuring Windows. My 5 Books, 1 Theme quintet were all novels centred around older women protagonists. WorldReads featured books from Portugal and I will be 'visiting' Denmark for September's WorldReads on the 5th. I also started up two posts which I hope to maintain as monthly staples: my favourite Bookish Etsy Finds and a return of the Giveaway Roundup.


Now, on with this Reading Roundup!
(Clicking each cover image will take you directly to my Literary Flits review or Spotlight page)

My Reviews

(Click the cover images to visit their reviews)

  
  
  
  
 
  

Spotlights

 
  
  
 
  


My Book Of The Month for August is the superb Japanese dystopia novel, The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa. This story goes way past standard dystopia tropes to become a deeply philosophical piece exploring what we need to make up our sense of individual identity.



I hope you have found some books to tempt you in this selection! You can keep up with my daily book posts on Literary Flits and don't forget all the Giveaways are listed in my Giveaway Linkup.

17 comments:

  1. Another good reading month for you, well done!

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  2. Yes, I really loved The Memory Police as well: https://wordsandpeace.com/2019/08/05/book-review-the-memory-police/
    BUT I didn't think much about Celestial Bodies: https://wordsandpeace.com/2019/04/16/book-review-celestial-bodies/
    Great idea to also post your reviews. I'm so behind my reviews, that I should post them, as they are usually on books I have read months behind.
    My recap is here: https://wordsandpeace.com/2019/08/31/2019-august-wrap-up/

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    1. Sounds like we had similar impressions of The Memory Police and of Celestial Bodies :-)

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  3. I read 13 books too in August although I think mine look like they were much lighter reading. I do intend to read an Anne Tyler book and have Clock Dance sitting on my TBR.

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    1. I still have so many Anne Tyler books unrwad - she's prolific!

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  4. What a wonderful set of book that you have read. Some look interesting. I know i had a favorite and that one is mentioned in wrap up. It called The Inn at Hidden Run. Check out my review for it. https://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2019/08/monthly-wrap-up-august-2019.html

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    1. I haven't heard of that book. I'm guessing a mystery from the title? Will come and take a look!

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  5. You had a great reading month! I read my first Colson Whitehead book this month too, although I read The Underground Railroad.

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    1. Underground Railroad is a really powerful book too

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  6. You read a lot of books this month.

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    1. Lots of them were really worthwhile reads too. A good month!

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  7. I always love the variety of books you read every month. I always find something of interest to me.

    Have a great September!

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    1. Glad to hear it! I love finding books from lots of different places and genres :-)

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  8. The Memory Police sounds really interesting. I'll have to check that out.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I think you would enjoy The Memory Police. Weird and wonderful!

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  9. 13 books is great and your choices were so varied. I am very interested in Japan and Japanese culture, so I am going to look more into your favorite for August.

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