Books I Read in August

Ways to Hide in Winter by Sarah St. Vincent I’m not going to say this book was not memorable, but I read it about 30 days ago and just had to look it up to see what it was about. Oh, yeah. Not bad. I think. I dunno.

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose We are always hearing about our heroic boys who stormed the beaches of Normandy to free Europe from the Nazis, (which had some good people according to some orange-tinted presidents) but rarely do you hear about the women heroes who risked their lives for the war. One of my favorite books of the year.

Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman A reread for me given that I binge-watched the show on Amazon (David Tennant got most of the official publicity when he was cast but Michael Sheen was really amazing.) and it’s just a wonderful light-hearted end of summer read.

Watchmen by Alan Moore Another re-read but well worth it. Alan Moore’s writing is so tight in this that even the comic within the comic is a page turner.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik I have had this book in my queue for almost a year probably. Whenever I got to the front of the library line and it became available, I tossed it back and went to the back of the line. It just seemed a little silly on paper. A retelling of Rumpelstiltskin? Meh. But I figured I’d give it a start and just remove it from my list altogether if the first few pages sucked. So I read a chapter, and was immediately sucked in. Whoa. This is some hard hitting stuff. This is my new prime example of not judging a book by its cover. I had to go back and add more books by Novik to my list. Just an amazing read.

Post Office by Charles Bukowski I have never read Bukowski before despite knowing quite a bit about him. I was kind of blown away by his style at first. The writing is matter of fact and not very flowerly but there’s an element of honesty to it. But it’s a depressing read. The plot is basically, wake up with a hangover, go to work at a bureaucratic hellhole, drink, get laid, drink, gamble, drink, wake up with a hangover, go to work at a bu…. etc.