August 2020 Reading Wrap Up

August was a great reading year for me. I ended up reading 8 books and 2 volumes of manga. Here is everything I read in August.

  1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (4/5)

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This was such an interesting read! It followed two half-sisters in Ghana, one who was sold into slavery, the other married to a slave owner. It followed the story of their descendants as well and was a great look into issues like slavery, colonialism, racism, culture, etc.

2. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (3/5)

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

This was a tough one to rate, as I know this is a really acclaimed classic, but my subjective enjoyment of the book was less than I wanted it to be. I think the stream-of-consciousness writing style just isn’t for me.

3. The Sword of Kaigen by M.L Wang(5/5)

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This was the best fantasy book I read all year! A dark, East-Asian based fantasy, it dealt with complex themes like war, propaganda, relationships, culture etc. in a nuanced, yet gripping way. I also loved the characters and the world. I have reviewed the book here.

4. The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante (4.5/5)

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This was a novella about a woman whose husband left her for a younger woman. While the premise was not one that would have normally gripped me, the way the author dealt with it was amazing.

5. Theonite-Planet Adyn by M.L Wang(4/5)

Planet Adyn (Theonite, #1) by M.L. Wang

After reading The Sword of Kaigen, I wanted something more from that world, so I picked this one up. It is a very different sort of book than SoK-for one it is YA, for another, it is partly set in our world. Still, it was a really entertaining read.

6. The Glass Hotel by Emily John St Mandel(3.5/5)

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

I loved Station Eleven by this author, and so I was looking forward to reading this one. This was really readable and I got through it quickly. The plot wasn’t exactly to my taste in some parts but it was overall a good read.

7. The Burning by Meghna Majumdar(4/5)

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

This book follows a young woman accused of terrorism in contemporary India, as well as other people entangled in her story. It was a rather dark and interesting story which shed light on some of the socio-political issues relevant tocontemporary India, and was definitely a good red.

8. The Godfather by Mario Puzo(3.5/5)

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I finally read this book, which had been on my TBR for ages. I quite enjoyed it and get why it became so popular (though I guess it is better known for the movie). There were parts of it I didn’t care for as well, but on the whole it was an interesting look into the organized crime world.

I also read the fourth and fifth volumes of The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai. The story has started really picking up pace and I am quite enjoying it.

The Promised Neverland, Vol. 4 by Kaiu Shirai  The Promised Neverland, Vol. 5 by Kaiu Shirai

 

 

 

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