August has been a wonderful month for the very simple reason that I discovered audiobooks. Of course, I knew them and had listened to a couple of audiobooks before but this month, I properly fell in love with them. I borrow them from my library via the BorrowBox app and it’s absolutely amazing! I listen to them when I work, when I cook, or even when I was ill at some point this month. I also have an Audible membership because I had a little discount, but I’m still not sure whether I’ll keep it when I’m back to paying full price. Anyway, all this rambling to say that I’ve read a lot more in August than ever before! Indeed, I’ve read EIGHT books this month! I’m very happy to have been able to surround me with so many wonderful stories this month, and I hope I will keep it up for the next few months.
Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
I had never read this short story before, but I loved the film by Tim Burton when I was little (definitely watched this at a very inappropriate age) and probably still do, to be honest. I don’t know if the problem was the narration (it was a Librivox recording) or the fact that I seem to struggle with classics audiobooks, but I just can’t remember much of it at all! Now, that’s not a good sign but I know I liked it, I just can’t remember the details… I will definitely need to actually read this in the future.
Kiley Reid, Such a Fun Age
I wrote a review on this book, which you can find just here. The premise of this book was so good, but ultimately it was rather disappointing that it didn’t dive deeper into the issues it tackles. It’s still a nice book to read, though, so I would definitely recommend it!
Ian McEwan, The Cockroach
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Bill Nighy, which made the experience quite enjoyable! It’s a strange and surprising book because it imagines that cockroaches have become politicians and they completely change the British economy. I don’t know enough about economics or British politics to talk about this in details, but it was a fun read – very reminiscent of The Thick of It. However, I’m just not sure I will remember it in a year from now so I’m a little bit on the fence with this one. It’s clearly not a story that will stick with me.
Jessica Andrews, Saltwater
My review for this one is coming up tomorrow so I don’t want to talk about it too much, but I absolutely loved it. It’s a beautifully moving book, and I highly recommend it!
H. G. Wells, The Invisible Man
I’m a big fan of old horror films and stories but for some reasons, I had never read The Invisible Man before. I listened to a Librivox recording of it and just like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I couldn’t get into the story. I wouldn’t want anyone to think I have a problem with Librivox, on the contrary I think it’s such an amazing resource and I really respect their work. I just reckon classics are difficult audiobooks for me, I feel more comfortable reading them. I will definitely try to read this one soon because I know I will absolutely love it.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
I mentioned my thoughts about this book in this article, but this one had never been my favourite in the series. I love the beginning and the ending, but find the middle a little too long. I am now reading the fifth book which is even longer, and I have such dreadful memories of struggling to read it when I was 11… Nearly 15 years later, and the struggle is still very much real!
Muriel Spark, The Girls of Slender Means
This was such an adorable little book. We follow a group of young women in the London of 1945, and their lives in their club for single professional women. This book will make you travel back in time, and almost make you feel like you are part of the club. I am always fascinated by the links between women and stories about women-only environments. I can’t quite put words on it but there is something so fascinating and powerful between women that I always love to read about it!
Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half
I intend to write a review on this one very soon so I will keep it short, but not very sweet I’m afraid. This is an amazing book that I would highly recommend to absolutely everyone. Yet, I read it when Jacob Blake was shot 7 times by police officers in front of his three children, and a very similar scene happens in The Vanishing Half. The two main characters witness the lynching of their dad when they’re little, and they can never understand why a group of white men decided to beat their father up and kill him. This created a real trauma for them, and they became aware and scared of the hatred white people could feel towards people like them. We need to look after our children by not attacking their parents for no reason. This has got to stop.
I hope that you will read lots of books that will make you think and reflect on various topics this month, like The Vanishing Half for instance! Happy reading 😊