August Reads | The Life of K: August Reads

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

August Reads

Now that it's September and school is starting soon, I feel like I have so much to do! And, as you can see, I only made my way through two books in August so I know it was a busy month. But summer of awesome is awesome and if that means I don't read as much, so be it.

There's plenty of cool weather coming that demands I cozy up on the couch with a cup of tea and a book. Plus the kids will be in school and I will be able to get so much done during the day (after I learn how to manage my time I'm sure). Whoo fall!

But back to my August books. There were two and if I had to pick a favourite, it would be The Book of Negroes. Have you read it? What are you reading? Even thought I had a month with little reading, I'm 80% to my goal of reading 50 books this year.



39. The Book of Negroes

From Goodreads: Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom—and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. 

In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. 

This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.

What I thought: This is my favourite kind of history book where the time is brought to life because of the characters. I feel like I learned a lot about Africa and slavery, and am so glad to be alive today.



40. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman

From Goodreads: Author Cassandra Fallows has achieved remarkable success by baring her life on the page. Her two widely popular memoirs continue to sell briskly, acclaimed for their brutal, unexpurgated candor about friends, family, lovers—and herself. But now, after a singularly unsuccessful stab at fiction, Cassandra believes she may have found the story that will enable her triumphant return to nonfiction.

When Cassandra was a girl, growing up in a racially diverse middle-class neighborhood in Baltimore, her best friends were all black: elegant, privileged Donna; sharp, shrewd Tisha; wild and worldly Fatima. A fifth girl orbited their world—a shy, quiet, unobtrusive child named Calliope Jenkins—who, years later, would be accused of killing her infant son. Yet the boy's body was never found and Calliope's unrelenting silence on the subject forced a judge to jail her for contempt. For seven years, Calliope refused to speak and the court was finally forced to let her go. Cassandra believes this still unsolved real-life mystery, largely unknown outside Baltimore, could be her next bestseller.

But her homecoming and latest journey into the past will not be welcomed by everyone, especially by her former friends, who are unimpressed with Cassandra's success—and are insistent on their own version of their shared history. And by delving too deeply into Calliope's dark secrets, Cassandra may inadvertently unearth a few of her own—forcing her to reexamine the memories she holds most precious, as the stark light of truth illuminates a mother's pain, a father's betrayal . . . and what really transpired on a terrible day that changed not only a family but an entire country.

What I thought: Well, to be honest, I wasn't too fussed about this book. I mean, the writing was good and I got into the story, but it dragged a bit. The big mystery's reveal was disappointing, though some of the author's views on the world are so spot on I wanted to highlight them. Lippman has a way of putting to words thoughts that run around my head but never make it out. She describes life really well.

I've got two books on the go right now. Natural Hospital Birth is a birthy book because I try and read one every so often and The Snail's Castle is one I'm reviewing for a blog tour. More on that next month! What's on your nightstand/e-reader?

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