What I Read – August

Although at points in the month I thought I was slacking with my “reading” I am excited to say that I read some really great stuff!

The Gown – Jennifer Robson

The story of two seamstresses in post war London. A French embroiderer fleeing the horrors of her past to start a new life lands a new job with a London gown designer. Her new job would lead her to a new home with a new friend and fellow, British, embroiderer. Together these ladies embark on a journey to diligently work on the biggest project of their careers.

Unmarriageable – Soniah Kamal

Exactly as the cover indicates, this is a twist on Pride and Prejudice based in Pakistan. Or I think so….from what I have seen in the movies because I have never actually read Pride and Prejudice myself. I loved the additions/modifications for Pakistani culture. If you enjoy the plot of Pride and Prejudice you should definitely give this one a shot.

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love – Dani Shapiro

We often place much of our identity in who our family is and how we were raising. Imagine, finding out as an adult that at least one of your parents is not who you thought they were and the other parent is not mentally competent enough to answer your questions. When Dani Shapiro took that gene tests and mailed it off she got way more than she bargained for. Inheritance takes you through Dani’s story of having her world flipped upside down with this information and what she did to find her way.

The River – Peter Heller

This book was way out of my genre comfort zone. A little mystery and a little thriller…. Two friends embark on an epic adventure one summer. They prepare for a canoe/camping trip but can’t possibly be prepared for what they encounter along the way.

The Huntress – Kate Quinn

From vicious murderer wanted for war crimes to suburban America housewife the Huntress is cunning and stealthy. The story of a team searching for criminal of war in order to bring them to justice with the Huntress being their most illusive mark. Has the Huntress been truly reformed in her new life?

When We Left Cuba – Chanel Cleeton

I have never read fiction featuring Cuba or Hispanic characters (since I tend to learn toward World War II fiction based in Western Europe) and I have been missing out! This story is set shortly after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba and families who prospered under Batiste were fleeing the country. This family landed in south Florida, much of their wealth lost when they fled Cuba. This story of a young Cuban woman navigating a forbidden relationship with a powerful man while risking her life for her country to reclaim her country.

The Trumpet of the Swan – E.B. White

We read this one for homeschool but I am counting it because I have never read it before and really enjoyed it! The story of a voiceless trumpeter swan and the lengths that he would go to be able to express himself to his family and the swan that her loves.

I have been finding hard to recap all of the books I’ve read at the end of the month so I will be changing things up starting in September.