August 2022 Reading

Despite my recent love letter to August, I am very happy to flip past it on my calendar. There were some wonderful moments in the garden and with family and friends, and still – you know me. I’m ready for fall and the cozy season. I’m especially ready to turn my attention towards activities in the house, which almost always means a smidge more time for reading. What a wonderful thing! Today I’m sharing the books I read in August, a few highlights from the month, and some thoughts about September.

I ran into a little problem sharing a snapshot of the books I read this month. I had been saving them to a monthly Goodreads shelf (2022-08, for example) and then taking a screen shot to capture a single image of everything read that month. But I read so many books in August that I couldn’t fit them all onto the screen! So I just put all of the images into a gallery in WordPress; it’s not as succinct of a view, but it will have to do. It might be a good problem to have?

August was an excellent reading month for me. I think it showcased my eclectic tastes and included a little bit of everything I tend to read, although it’s a bit heavy on the literary fiction thanks to this year’s Booker long list. Tomorrow the short list will be announced and I’m just wondering what life is like in the Booker offices. They must be so excited and working so hard to get everything just right for the announcement. I want a job like that! How do I get a job working for one of the big literary prizes? I’d be happy making the tea and writing the minutes. I’m sure that person also gets free books? Anyway – it’s exciting and I can’t wait to see the list.

Highlights from August:

  • The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher – this was my second Pilcher novel and I adored it. There was so much to love here! I’m planning to read another by her this month.
  • Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer – my favorite of the Booker long list so far. A beautiful story of a young mother with cancer.
  • Booth by Karen Joy Fowler – This was on of my favorites on the Booker long list! A look at John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s assassin, through the eyes of his siblings.
  • We wrapped up our summer school activities and finished books about Leonardo da Vinci and Maria Merian. We also read three Moomintrolls books during our school time this summer (we finished one in July and two in August).
  • Bronwyn and I finished three American Girl books together.
  • Bryce and I have been reading The Phantom Tollbooth at night together, but haven’t finished it yet. We’re enjoying all of the word play and are taking it nice and slow.

SEPTEMBER THOUGHTS:

I’ve committed to three big reads in September:

I did this back in April too (when I attempted to read Coming Home, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and The Books of Jacob all at the same time) and it didn’t work well. But I think I have a manageable plan for September: I’ve started listening to Kristin Lavransdatter on audio and will plan to just extend the holds on all of my library audiobooks until I finish it (except for the Booker titles as they become available). I’m going to start September as soon as I finish my current read and will (hopefully) finish it by mid-month. And then I’ll turn my attention to Lonesome Dove. Although they’re all big books, it’s possible for me to finish them as long as I can maintain a modicum of focus. And well… focusing is not a strength of mine! One of my reading goals this year was to read BIG books and Kristin Lavransdatter was THE book I had in mind. I’d hate to end this year without finishing it.

I’m also hoping to wrap up the Booker long list in September, including the books that don’t make the short list tomorrow. As I write this, I only have four books left and I think it’s possible to squeeze in one a week. And of course, my annual reread of Thornyhold is on the list as well as The Good Lord Bird for Fiction Matters. If I end September with less than 10 finished books and meet all of these goals, then I’ll be very happy!


What’s on your list this month? Do you have a prediction for the Booker short list? I’d love to hear your reading plans! I’m planning to be back on Wednesday with an update on what I’ve read in the last week. Take good care!

PS: Thank you all for the kind words you left in the comments of Friday’s post. Sunday was the first day that Colton didn’t have any symptoms since Tuesday night, so I think we’re finally headed in the right direction. And somehow no one else in the house has gotten sick – yet. My fingers are crossed!

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  1. Fingers crossed everyone stays healthy! I started September last night … the book opens in May and moves through the summer and feels so perfect for right this minute. I have two long audiobooks I’d like to finish this month. How do you fit audio time into your full days? Finally, I love all the reading you do with your kids. They are going to have so many special memories of books, reading, and you!

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    1. I’m not sure how I fit audio into my days, to be honest. Sometimes it’s the only way I’m able to read and sometimes I can’t figure it out at all. I try to stay flexible and keep my earbuds handy all the time, because you never know when a few minutes might open up.

      And I hope my kids remember all of the reading we do together. They’re still young and might not remember any of it. But no matter what — I hope they find that reading brings them joy and comfort anytime they pick up a book throughout life (even if it’s not very often)!

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  2. Glad the health issues are sorted. Amazing number of books under your belt. Just started the Shellseekers, and you are quite right about the number of scrubbed tables. My Gran had one as did a couple of farming families I knew, but the farm ones were totally huge, dating back to the days when farm workers would sleep in the attics

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  3. Glad to hear that you and Colton seem to be on the mend! Keep on keepin’ on!!

    I’m still listening to “Fresh Water for Flowers” but I forget about it periodically (not a compelling story for me). Just started “Remarkably Bright Creatures” and it is wonderful. Also redaing “The Enchanted April.” I need more time!

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  4. Can I be on tea duty with you at the Booker offices? I think it must be fun to work for one of these literary prizes — but can you imagine how many books they have to read to select the lists? I’m looking forward to seeing which books make the cut for the short list, and I’ll determine which ones I’ll read that I haven’t yet when it’s announced (I’ve read four so far and am almost halfway through a fifth, but I have several more on hold at the library).

    I hope everyone continues to stay healthy!

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  5. Good wishes for a healthy month! It’s exciting to read big books, I think. I was so surprised how much I enjoyed Lonesome Dove when I read it a few years ago and I will look forward to seeing what you think!

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  6. Oh my goodness…my daughter and I LOVED The Phantom Tollbooth! I’ve heard Lonesome Dove is so good and have it on my TBR. I have only made it a wee bit into Kristin Lavransdatter so far as my weekend turned out to be quite busy. But I love what I’ve read so far! Can’t wait to really get going on it!

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  7. I’ve had Kristin Lavransdatter on my list forever. Right now my big book is A People’s History of the United States, which I’m reading in conjunction with everything else. It’s huge and it’s really depressing so I am reading max one chapter a day. It’s dry in some chapters but very enlightening.

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  8. I read a lot of big books as an English major in college and tend to steer away from them now. But when you read on Kindle, you don’t always know how “big” a book is so that helps. I am listening to September and enjoying the narrator on my walks. I am still planless when is comes to reading and letting the books come as they may. It is a bit haphazard but helps me feel like my reading life is really my own.

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    1. I hope you’re still enjoying September (or maybe finished it)? I can imagine that you’d want to steer away from big books now – yikes! Sometimes I wish I could have been an English major so that I would have a more academic understanding of what I’m reading, but I think it would have been really hard for me. I would have struggled with assigned reading!

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  9. I really enjoyed re-reading The Shell Seekers and I plan to re-read September this month, but probably won’t start until mid-month. I’m currently reading The Plague of Doves for our Erdrich read along.
    I read Kristin Lavransdatter a few years ago and loved it. I’m usually a one book at a time reader ( I might have something non-fiction on audio), so I don’t mind losing myself in a long book.
    I’m glad your family is feeling better and hope September will be a healthy month for you!

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  10. Your reading ambition amazes me! I don’t really have a “plan” for September – I go where the wind takes me! LOL. Or maybe where my library holds take me, ha ha. I randomly started rereading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and I am loving it! Hope September is a fun reading month for you, Katie.

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  11. By “big reads in September”, it seems you intend to read all three books in the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy in one month! That’s impressive. I read one a year for 3 years. I’m not one to binge a series. I hope you enjoy! I certainly had my favorites and look forward to reading your thoughts when you’re done.

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