Summer Reading Roundup (August)

My summer of reading wrapped up this month (here’s what I read in June and July). I ended up reading a total of nine books, which isn’t bad considering that I probably read two books over the course of the entire previous year. My goal is to keep this up over the coming months…but we will see how that shakes out, given a little thing called “law school.” In any case, here’s what I read in August:

Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes: Frances Mayes is one of my favorite travel writers – she makes you want to drop everything and move to Tuscany. Her writing is utterly charming. I love how she makes everyday details – cooking pasta, gardening, shopping for linens – seem extraordinary. I also got a kick out of her chapter on Sicily, having visited there myself last summer. I loved that she expressed some of the same things I had thought too (though, of course, far more eloquently than I).

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann: I read the reviews for this book and then bought it a few days later because it seemed like a must read. This was definitely a page turner, and the story developed into something I didn’t quite expect; the book jacket suggested it was the story of friendship over time, but it turned out to be a more complicated psychological drama. Klaussmann is amazing at creating a sense of time and place – the details she includes make you feel like you are there, spending summer on Martha’s Vineyard. And I loved the way she switched between the perspectives of different characters, slowly revealing answers as she went along.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: This story drew me in from the start and, after I was finished, I decided this is the best book I have read in a long while. Morgenstern does a terrific job of writing with a tone that conveys the magic and mystery of a circus; her descriptions were wonderfully detailed and beautiful. She truly conjures up a world that feels magical. I also thought the love story between Celia and Marco, two magicians trained since childhood to duel against each other, was beautifully written. My one (minor) complaint: the world of the circus is shrouded in mystery, and while this adds a distinctive quality to the book, it also meant the ending was a tad vaguer than I would have liked. Other than that, this novel was brilliant.

What did you read this summer?

(Image sources: Kobo Books, Caroline Bookbinder, and Good Reads)
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