So I'm quite late with this one, but in my defense I was on holiday and this isn't really the kind of post you can write in advance. But it's here and I am feeling quite confident in my ability to finish my goodreads challange, as I manage to finish two books whilst on holiday, leaving me only 2 books behind. I managed to finish 5 books in August, which was great because in I managed just one, and I think my disappointment was quite evident in my August Book List.
I finished off Forgive Me, Leonard and quickly made a start on When Mr Dog Bites. Forgive Me, Leonard was a good read but it ended on a dead note. It did have a powerful part near the ending though. When Mr Dog Bites was so insightful and enjoyable, it's a about a teenage boy with Tourettes and it's just him simply living his life and all the things that go on. I think I enjoyed it a lot because I've never read a book about Torettes. After those two I had run out of books, so I quickly went back to my list and I ended up picking Hausfrau, I really really enjoyed this book. It did mull about in the characters sadness for a bit, but honestly that's what I loved about it. There wasn't anything in this book that I could relate to but, I still found it to be interesting and well written.
The next two I read when I was on holiday. I picked The Ex-Factor because it had been sitting in my basket for ages. I'm glad I read it, but it was so bloody long and boring towards the end, it was more the case of 'how many problems can I fit into this one book' by the end than an actual story. I found most things to do be long winded and just thought some of the characters were incredibly stupid and really failed to believe in some of them. Nevertheless it wasn't awful, but it just didn't have a resolve at the end that made you think it was worth reading. The next book I read whilst I was away was Coming Clean: A Memoir, I purchased this from the Kindle Daily Deals and didn't realise it was memoir until I opened it up by the pool. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't recognise the woman who wrote it but it does seem she is sort of well known in America, but much like When Mr Dog Bites, it covered a topic I'd never thought much about or read much about. This book is about her two parents who are hoaders and how she grew up with it and the effects on her life. It's such a well written book with no aggression towards the parents who had the condition. That's not to say there are not times she was angry with them, but the book just never reads bitter in relation to them. It was such an insight into this condition and how parts of it works and how it effects children brought up. I really enjoyed it.
So after my long-winded recap, I think it's time to move on to the books for this month!
How You Can Talk to Anyone in Every Situation by Emma Sargent - I put this in my Amazon basket after Sammi mentioned it in a video. It sounds like something right up my street and with my new job having a more social aspect, I thought it was the perfect time for me to pick it up. I'm looking forward to reading this and I hope it has some practical and usable advice for me to take away. I've flicked through it and it seems good so far.
Shoot the Damn Dog by Sally Brampton - This was in my Amazon basket and really is just part of the bunch of depression related books I put in my basket. I attempted to read this on the flight home, but I read the first two pages before sleep took over. I'm in a good place right now with my depression, so I figured it would be a good time to continue with experiencing other people's story.
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi - I'm a huge fan of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and it's made me want to read more books that focus on the Nigerian/Ghanaian culture. This book came up in books similar to Americanah by Chimamanda and it's been sitting in my basket for the longest time, so I figured it was time to read it. I wanted to get a really varied range of books for this month, so I figured this would help to add to it.
So that's my list for this month, two physical books and then one on the kindle. Wish me luck! Have you read anything exciting this month? Please do share it with me!