Fall is in the air and that means it is time for my summer reading wrap-up! In total I read 14 books. They are:
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy D Snyder
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations by Aude de Tocqueville
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (Audiobook)
The Price of Valor by Django Wexler
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Genre: 4 Fantasy, 3 non-fiction, 2 Science Fiction, 2 Historical Fiction, 3 Literary Fiction
Type: 1 Audiobook, 13 physical books
Age Range: 3 Middle Grade, 11 adult
3 re-reads, 11 new
Favorite: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. My goodness, I loved this book! This was one of those books that I kept hugging to my chest while reading and that had me sobbing by the end. I loved the main character, Teddy, with all of his bravery and goodness and stoicism. This is a companion to Atkinson’s Life After Life (which I also loved) and tells Teddy’s life story while centering on his time as a bomber pilot during WWII. Atkinson is a master story-teller and I can’t believe I waited so long to pick this book up.
Least favorite: The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang. This isn’t a bad book and I learned a lot about the Hmong experience from it, but it didn’t hold my attention the way many of the others I read over the summer did. I felt like I was being held at a distance while reading this and couldn’t connect with the people in the story very well. That being said, Yang writes beautifully and I am glad I read it.
I had quite a bit of fun reading this summer! My TBR continues to grow but I knocked some books off that had been there for quite awhile and really enjoyed most everything I picked up. I also read some new releases and some old classics. A pretty nice mixture if I do say so myself. Now onto fall!
Bye for now. The books are calling.