It was an AMAZING month for reading. :)
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - Not sure how I made it to my late 20s without reading this book! I started reading it because I had no library books and this was a freebie, pre-loaded on my phone. The story was fun and I learned a bunch of new sailing terms.
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh - A quick read (it's mostly comic strip style), but I really appreciated her two chapters on depression. They helped me understand the experience better than anything I've read before.
- The Composition by Antonio Skarmeta - A children's book Deb recommended. Pedro’s school forces everyone to participate in a writing competition about what their family does at night. Pedro lies and says his parents play chess every night to protect them (they actually listen to radio programs that are against the dictator).
- Days of Blood and Starlight & Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor - Books 2 & 3 in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Very enjoyable, but I don't want to give anything away if you haven't read the first one!
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - The first in a trilogy about Kvothe, a boy who is part of a traveling performance group until the troupe is murdered. So he ends up living on the streets for a bit, and then attends a school of magic.
- Something Real by Heather Demetrios - I'm biased by my crush on the main character's brother, but I loved this book. It's about Bonnie™/Chloe Baker, a 17 year old who doesn't want to be on her family's reality show any more.
- Cats Are Weird by Jeffrey Brown - A book of comic strips about cats, so of course I enjoyed it. My favorite was the cat that fell asleep under a blanket, just like Dottie.
- The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld - Lucinda recommended this one. It was easily one of the best books I've read this year, but it contains plenty of dark subject matter. I could only read in small portions.
- Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491 by Charles C. Mann - Fascinating book about what Native Americans were up to before the arrival of Christopher Columbus and other European explorers. This is a shorter version of Mann's book for adults on the same subject. I chose this one because it was only 128 pages rather than 600.
- The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer - A companion novel to Life As We Knew It, so it's still the end of the world (crazy high tides, earthquakes, volcanic ash blocking the sun, pandemic, etc.) but not quite as well done as the first novel. And I didn't care for the main character very much.
How was your July? Read anything great?