Summer is almost over and school has started once again! I’ve been enjoying the fantastic weather and spending a lot of time hiking, running, biking, and swimming. But that means not so much time for reading.
I read only a few books at the start of this month and then picked up more toward the end, but I’m still ahead of schedule to hit 100 books for the year. It can be great to take a step back from one hobby to focus on others. Nonetheless, I still got a few good ones in.
I read another solid Agatha Christie book and I’m looking forward to seeing the movie version. I also saw the movie adaption for Where the Crawdads Sing. It was pretty good and I was pleased with the casting. Lots of great shots of Kya’s artwork. I wonder who drew them for the set?
I had one book this month that was a real let-down, but you can read more below. Otherwise, a good selection for August.
Can’t wait for some good fall reads!
By Sara Manning Peskin
Very interesting book. I’m a fan of science, but not always medicine. This book taught me a lot about the way our brains work and what happens when things go very wrong.
By Robin Wall Kimmerer
I’ve been reading this as part of a summer book club and was hesitant at first. I loved the idea of combining hard science with cultural wisdom, but I think the fluffy writing took away from the desired effect. Not enough fact, too much personal memoir.
The 4-Hour School Day
By Durenda Wilson
Not all books can be winners. I picked this one up hoping to gain some insight into the homeschool education system and maybe learn how to adapt some new skills to my work. I was left disappointed as there were no suggestions on how to have a 4-hour school day.
By John Green
This was a refreshing change of pace. John Green is a great writer and he adapted his podcast into this essay-style format to delight his readers with stories about everyday life. Pleasant to listen to on audiobook and great for starting conversations.
By Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman
I picked this up because I knew of Scott Jurek from the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. He uses Steve Friedman to take on the writing, but the stories are all Scott. It’s adventurous, inspiring, and dangerous. Even if you aren’t an ultrarunner, you’ll enjoy these wild tales.
By Tim Harford
Interested in learning how to embrace the messy things in life? Harford gives real-world examples of how leaders use chaos and disorder to their advantage to embrace the unknown and come out ahead. You don’t need to be the best to win, you just need to handle the situation better than your opponents.
Death on the Nile
By Agatha Christie
Well, I didn’t guess the ending to this murder mystery, but can anyone really guess what Agatha Christie is planning? Very elaborate and I’m looking forward to watching the movie adaption.
By Nyle DiMarco with Robert Siebert
I was really drawn in by the title of this one but didn’t realize who this was until about halfway through the book. Nyle DiMarco is the winner of America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars. His life story is unique and I like that he wants to advocate for the deaf community while doing the things he’s passionate about.
By Ruth Hogan
This book was just lovey! It’s two intertwining tales of lost things and the people who find them. I was genuinely moved at the ending when everyone was able to grow and find peace. Definitely recommend!