August set a new record for me when it comes to reading. I actually decided to take two months (August and September) off before starting Uni and all the newfound free time from being unemployed really shows in my book consumption haha. The past month was also the first time I ever read an E-Book, which was interesting!
Also, you might realize that two books are missing from the pictures. One of them was the aforementioned e-book and i didn’t want to just take a picture of a screen. The second one I donated to our local library immediately after reading. 🙂
So without further ado, here are the books I read in August:
- The light we lost by Jill Santopolo
This novel tells the story of Lucy and Gabe. They meet for the first time on September 11, 2001, while they’re studying at College in NYC and immediately fall in love. However, they get torn apart again and again, but can never fully get over each other. The light we lost is a book that tells a whole life story of ever-lasting love and honestly, it freaking destroyed me emotionally haha. I literally cried like 3 times while reading it, so if you’re looking for a light-hearted summer read, this is not it. However, if you like tragic love stories, this is the perfect book for you! Jill Santopolo manages to simultaneously capture the beauty and sadness and pain of love, so it definitely it is a very well-written story (Just make sure to handle with care if you have a broken heart yourself).
- If only by Melanie Murphy
Melanie Murphy is not only an author, but also a Youtube creator, which is how I got to know her. Her novel „If only“ deals with a protagonist who is not exactly happy with her life. When she receives a gift from her grandma which allows her to view different alternate versions of her life, she has to reconsider lots of her past decisions.
I’m a sucker for alternate reality stories. No matter whether they deal with a different version of our world today (like Jennifer Government, which is mentioned later) or with varieties in someone’s personal life, like in If only, I just love them. I literally flew through the novel (one reason for that was definitely how fun it was to read on the E-Book reader at night!) and finished it within like 2 days. I’d recommend it if you don’t mind magical/fantasy elements and are looking for an easy read. Alternate reality stories can be really sad and dark, but this one was definitely more hopeful and fun!
- Golden Cage (Original Title: „En bur av guld“) by Camilla Läckberg
Golden Cage tells the story of married couple Faye (stay-at-home mum) and Jack (enterpeneur). Their relationship has become pretty unhealthy over the years and finally, something happens and pushes Faye over the edge – she leaves Jack and wants revenge for the horrible way he treated her. Throughout the book, the reader gets insight in her plans in order to completely ruin her ex-husband’s life and at the same time you get to see Jack’s fucked up almost sociopathic personality come through more and more.
This novel is super thrilling and as a female reader, I definitely felt empowered by reading a story of a woman who reclaims her life after a toxic relationship. Another aspects that make this book even harder to put down are constant hints at Faye’s dark past, which is uncovered more and more as the story goes on.
This is definitely a super intense read that’s perfect if you prefer mental tension rather than violence or action.
- Missing. New York by Don Winslow
I honestly don’t know where to start with this book because I have a real hate-love-relationship with it. I got it for a really cheap price (good!), it was actually quite a gripping read (good!) but I found the protagonist (who tells the story) SO FREAKING ANNOYING (bad!). Basically, this story is about a cop who specializes in finding missing people, who quits his job and leaves his wife and hometown behind in order to find a particular abducted child. As I said, the story is really thrilling and you just want to know how it ends. Also, the plot is actually very well thought out. However, the protagonist is your typical „toughened up by life“ cop, who thinks he’s so much stronger and better than the rest of humankind because he forces himself to be really masculine and to have basically no emotions. If that’s your cup of tea, that’s awesome, but for me it made the book a bit less enjoyable.
- How to be Good by Nick Hornby
How to be Good is yet another book about a broken relationship (There seems to be a pattern here haha). The protagonists, Katie and David have been married for quite a while and aren’t really happy with each other anymore. Katie’s main reason for being unhappy is the fact that her husband is very irritable, always grumpy and pessimistic. However, when David meets a kind of spiritual healer called „DJ GoodNews“, he suddenly changes drastically and forces Katie to reconsider her own life choices.
This is definitely a funny book that’ll make you laugh but at the same time, it will challenge your view of the world and of yourself. It’s not preachy or anything though, which is really hard to achieve, so props to Nick Hornby for that!
- Logoland (Original Title: Jennifer Government) by Max Barry
Logoland is probably the most political book I read in August and I really enjoyed the little change from failed love stories haha. This novel focuses on a dystopian society where huge corporations rule the world and even the police and the government are businesses themselves. The characters get their last names from the companies they work for (Hence the original title).
Jennifer Government is only one of the many characters whose stories are told throughout the book. It’s one of those novels where you first get to know a few individual people and then, page-by-page, you realize more and more how their stories are connected to each other.
Logoland is the book for you if you are a little bit interested in politics and economics but want to read a thrilling novel rather than a dry non-fiction book. The story really challenges the reader’s view on our consumerist society and I definitely recommend it!
So, those were my August books! If you’ve read any of these, let me know what you thought of them!