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All of the Books I Read in August 2022

All of the Books I Read in August 2022

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal for myself to read 50 books by the end of 2022. During the month of August, I read 4 books to add to my growing list. I have now read 38 books this year. Here are the four books I read in August. 

  1. Gray Mountain by John Grisham

Gray Mountain is the second John Grisham book I have read this year. The small town setting with a legal storyline was gripping from the very beginning. If you have ever been curious about the coal mining industry and how it impacts people around the mines, this is a good book to pick up to give you a new perspective. John Grisham is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and I would highly recommend his work. 

  1. Cracker! By Cynthia Kadohata

Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam is a beautiful story of a German Shepard dog and her appointed soldier training and fighting in a war. There are many twists and turns on this emotional roller coaster of a story. Though the story was written and targeted for a younger audience, I think anybody of any age can pick up a copy and enjoy it. Be prepared to get choked up several times throughout this book. 

  1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare 

I have not read any Shakespeare since high school, so I wanted to pick up one of the plays I never got around to before. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a favorite in my school’s drama club, so I wanted to experience it for myself. This play primarily focuses on the theme of love, like many Shakespearean plays. If you have the opportunity to watch this play performed live, I would highly recommend doing so. The play is fun to read, but nothing beats watching it being performed on stage in front of you.

  1. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

If you are a fan of Colleen Hoover, particularly her novel It Ends With Us, then you will love this book. The story follows Lucy Carter as she meets her first real love, Gabe Samson, in New York on September 11, 2001. This tragic and horrific day in history is where their romance begins. This contemporary romance has a love triangle, a second chance romance, and follows their journeys as two college graduates following their dreams. 

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, this is a book that you can read in one day. I like the writing style. There is also a metaphor in this book comparing different types of love that I thought was very interesting. On the other hand, I do not like how the events of September 11 are portrayed. The main characters also make many decisions that are questionable to say the least, making them difficult to root for. 

If you have read this book, please let me know what your thoughts are in the comments. 

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