Reading Round-Up: August Edition

I have some fabulous books to share with you this month! I wanted to have more than four, but that’s the way it worked out. My August reads ran the gamut from funny to suspenseful to historical to classic.

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The first book I finished this month was Jeeves and the King of Clubs. If you’ve read any of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster books, I recommend you read this one, too. It’s a great addition to the collection. Here’s my review:

“This book, written in homage to the great P.G. Wodehouse, is a laugh-out-loud caper complete with espionage, aristocratic dalliances, clever disguises, jealous lovers, and a hard-headed aunt hell-bent on upsetting the balance of power among British condiment producers. Ben Schott did an exceptional job with his back-and-forth banter between Bertie and Jeeves. I loved every minute of this book.”

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The second book I read was I Am Mrs. Jesse James by Pat Wahler. This is an extraordinary work of historical fiction about the wife of the infamous outlaw. The amount of research that must have gone into writing the story is astonishing. Here’s my review:

“I had a hard time putting this book down for things like meals and sleeping. It is one of the best books of historical fiction that I’ve read. It tells the story of Zee James, as much as possible from the scant materials written about the wife of the infamous outlaw Jesse James. Where the historical record was too thin, the author supplemented realistic and highly likely scenarios based on her extensive research and knowledge of the time period and the real-life characters. Even though I knew how the story would end, this book kept me turning pages late into the night.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great book of historical fiction as well as anyone interested in American society following the Civil War.

Read this book. You’ll be glad you did.”

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Many people have read Wuthering Heights, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in thinking it’s one of the best books of the nineteenth century. Interestingly, some of the other best books of that century were written by the sisters of Emily Bronte. Here’s my review:

“*sigh* There are not many books that I will re-read, simply because there are too many great books out there, but this is one of them.

It is the story of madness, romance, and revenge–cold, brutal revenge for sins of fathers (and others). Heathcliff and Catherine are unforgettable characters that meet by serendipitous or ominous chance, depending on whom you ask. The love that grows between them is both fierce and poisonous.

Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights are characters in themselves: one is light and bright, the other dark and brooding. If you’ve never read this book, I recommend it as a great study in character and setting. And if you read it way back when (maybe in high school?), read it again. There’s something new to discover with every reading.”

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I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who has to get up early for work the next day, because you’re going to be reading past your bedtime. I can almost guarantee it. What She Knew is a fantastic psychological thriller full of twists and surprises, and I found it almost painful to have to wait to get to the last few pages to find out whodunit. Here’s my review:

“This story gripped me from page one and didn’t let go until I had read the final sentence. I felt like I couldn’t read fast enough, that I had to get to the end to see for myself how everything turns out. It was all I could do to slow down enough to digest every paragraph.

This is the story of a young boy who is abducted, his mother’s debilitating guilt over it, secrets that have the power to destroy a family, and the power of the media and, in particular, social media. This is a story that is going to stay with me.”

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What are you reading? I hope you’ll share in the comments below!

Until next time,

Amy

17 comments on “Reading Round-Up: August Edition

  1. Oh no! How can you do this to me (and look, I didn’t get to this post until October 1, that’s how crazy September has been.) I’m off to read I Am Mrs. Jesse James. I’ve gotten to appreciate great historical fiction, and on this recommendation of yours, I just reserved it from the Library. And now I’m in the mood to re-read Wuthering Heights. I mean, the last time I read it I was in college. How might I view it differently now? Can’t wait to find out. The last book on your list I’d like to read, but psychological thrillers give me nightmares.
    I just finished reading Louise Penny’s last book A BETTER MAN. Amazingly brilliantly good. But I think I’ve suggested to you that if you haven’t read Penny’s mysteries yet, you should begin with the first in the series (Still Life) and go in order.

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    • amreade says:

      I have put Still Life on my Kindle and I will get to it after I read about four or five other books that I’ve promised people. The list never ends…but that’s a good thing. 🙂 I loved Wuthering Heights the first time I read it, but I find things I’ve missed with each reading. I think you’ll like I Am Mrs. Jesse James.

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  2. A diverse selection Amy with a retro feel except for the last book .. a productive August…hugsx

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  3. annerallen says:

    Pat Wahler’s book sounds fascinating! And I didn’t know about the new Jeeves and Wooster book. Thanks much for the great reviews and additions to my TBR list.

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    • amreade says:

      Judging from the reviews on Amazon, lots of people find that book fascinating! I’m glad I was able to add some books to your TBR–as if it’s not long enough already, I’m sure. 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

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  4. dgkaye says:

    Wow, fab reviews Amy. I love your reviews, both fun and informative to read. I’m off to add a few of these to my book list 🙂

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  5. maggie8king says:

    You do find some intriguing titles to tempt your readers, Amy. Right now I’m reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It’s pretty lengthy, so I’ll be at it for a while.

    Many, like you, love Wuthering Heights. I do not. I didn’t like it in high school, and liked it even less when I re-read it about 20 years ago. Heathcliff just doesn’t do it for me.

    Jane Eyre, by Emily’s sister, is one of my favorite classics.

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  6. Darlene says:

    Four books in August is a great accomplishment in my books! And four terrific books are so much better than 8 mediocre books. I must reread Wuthering Heights! And I know I would love I Am Mrs. Jesse James. Way to go, Amy.

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    • amreade says:

      Thanks, Darlene! I was hoping to finish The Snow Child, which I’m reading right now, but I wasn’t able to do it. That’ll be in next month’s line-up. I hope you had a great August! Happy reading!

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  7. Pat Wahler says:

    What a surprise and honor to see my book among your August choices. Thank you so much, Amy. I’m truly delighted! 🙂

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