August Reads and Reviews
Happy September everyone! I feel like the weather here is starting to get the hint that it's almost fall, because it's been absolutely beautiful lately. Still warm, but humidity is getting lower and our mornings and nights are starting to have a chill. I'll take it! This month I read a decent amount of books, but none of them were great. I had lots of ratings in the 3 star range, which is perfectly fine but nothing that I loved. Here's hoping I'll have better luck this month. If you have recommendations for me I would love to hear it in the comments!
Here are the books I read in August and some thoughts-
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself. The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them. The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing.
Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe
Note: this won Goodread's best graphic novel of 2021.
Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love—witness what the gods do after dark in this stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of mythology’s most well-known stories from creator Rachel Smythe. Featuring a brand-new, exclusive short story, Smythe’s original Eisner-nominated web-comic Lore Olympus brings the Greek Pantheon into the modern age with this sharply perceptive and romantic graphic novel.
This is only the second graphic novel I’ve read so I don’t really know what to expect with these but they’re always very confusing for me to follow! The artwork is absolutely beautiful in this and most of the storyline (the scenes with Persephone and Hades especially) were easy to understand but then with more characters or changing timelines I would get confused. Everyone kind of looked the same to me! Was able to get through this in about an hour and kind of want to try out more graphic novels...maybe starting with Volume 2 of this series?
My rating- 3/5
The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont
In 1925, Miss Nan O’Dea infiltrated the wealthy, rarefied world of author Agatha Christie and her husband, Archie. In every way, she became a part of their life––first, both Christies. Then, just Archie. Soon, Nan became Archie’s mistress, luring him away from his devoted wife, desperate to marry him. Nan’s plot didn’t begin the day she met Archie and Agatha. It began decades before, in Ireland, when Nan was a young girl. She and the man she loved were a star-crossed couple who were destined to be together––until the Great War, a pandemic, and shameful secrets tore them apart. Then acts of unspeakable cruelty kept them separated.
What drives someone to murder? What will someone do in the name of love? What kind of crime can someone never forgive? Nina de Gramont’s brilliant, unforgettable novel explores these questions and more.
It took me a while to get through this book. The premise and mystery of it was pretty interesting, and I liked the dual timelines of Nan's time in Ireland vs. present day and how they connected. But- I didn't enjoy the writing style and really struggled to keep going! One thing it did make me want to do is read some Agatha Christie books- I enjoyed her character a lot and am interested in reading some of her famous detective novels.
My Rating - 2/5