August Reading List

Is August seriously almost over?  Ugh.  I am SO BEHIND!!

Even though I’m late on my reading list, I’ve got lots of good books lined up!!

 

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The synopsis, according to Goodreads:

When her husband announces he’s in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother’s house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her sixties consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter twenty years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain. Cecilia is the quintessential “I don’t know how she does it” woman. A devoted mother to three daughters, she runs her household like clockwork, is President of the P&C, owns an extremely successful Tupperware business and is happy in her fifteen-year marriage. Until she discovers a letter in their attic labelled: “To my wife Cecilia, to be opened in the event of my death”… Her husband’s secret is a bombshell beyond all imagining with repercussions across the lives of all three women.

This book sounds so great and the reviews are amazing!!

 

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The synopsis, according to Goodreads:

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

So MANY of you recommended this book to me, that I had to put it on the list!!  Can’t wait to see if it lives up to the hype!!

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Lexicon by Max Berry

The synopsis, according to Goodreads:

At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren’t taught history, geography, or mathematics–at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science .Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as “poets” adept wielders of languagewho belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

Whip-smart orphan Emily Ruff is making a living running a three-card Monte game on the streets of San Francisco when she attracts the attention of the organization’s recruiters. She is flown across the country for the school’s strange and rigorous entrance exams, where, once admitted, she will be taught the fundamentals of persuasion by Bronte, Eliot, and Lowell–who have adopted the names of famous poets to conceal their true identities. For in the organization, nothing is more dangerous than revealing who you are: Poets must never expose their feelings lest they be manipulated. Emily becomes the school’s most talented prodigy until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love.

Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Jamieson is brutally ambushed by two strange men in an airport bathroom. Although he has no recollection of anything they claim he’s done, it turns out Wil is the key to a secret war between rival factions of poets and is quickly caught in their increasingly deadly crossfire. Pursued relentlessly by people with powers he can barely comprehend and protected by the very man who first attacked him, Wil discovers that everything he thought he knew about his past was fiction. In order to survive, must journey to the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, to discover who he is and why an entire town was blown off the map.

As the two narratives converge, the shocking work of the poets is fully revealed, the body count rises, and the world crashes toward a Tower of Babel event which would leave all language meaningless. Max Barry’s most spellbinding and ambitious novel yet, Lexicon is a brilliant thriller that explores language, power, identity, and our capacity to love–whatever the cost.

Reviewers say this book is a thriller that is hard to put down.  I love those kind of books, so I hope it really is!!

 

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Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman

I actually JUST finished this book.  The whole Leah Remini leaving Scientology saga got me super curious and I decided to read up on the history of the religion.  All I can say is WOW.  If you’ve been at all curious/horrified/fascinated, this book is a must read.  It was hard to put down at times (yes, there is a whole section on Tom Cruise and how he was recruited) and was very well researched.

The synopsis, according to Goodreads:

Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world’s fastest growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of “volunteer ministers” offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of the government to further its goals. Its attacks on psychiatry and its requirement that believers pay as much as tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars for salvation have drawn scrutiny and skepticism. And ex-members use the Internet to share stories of harassment and abuse.

Now Janet Reitman offers the first full journalistic history of the Church of Scientology, in an evenhanded account that at last establishes the astonishing truth about the controversial religion. She traces Scientology’s development from the birth of Dianetics to today, following its metamorphosis from a pseudoscientific self-help group to a worldwide spiritual corporation with profound control over its followers and even ex-followers.

Based on five years of research, unprecedented access to Church officials, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists, this is the defining book about a little-known world.

 

That’s it for this month!!  I’d love to hear what you’ve read and loved lately!!

 

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Comments

  1. 1
    Lindsay says:

    Really interested in all of these, but especially the first one!!

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    wendy says:

    I just started The Husband’s Secret. So far, so good. I also just started Tampa, which I have heard nothing about, although my daughter tells me it is the topic of a lot of discussion. Anyone know anything about that?

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      Kristan says:

      I just went and looked it up on Amazon…sounds like it’s a bit much for me!!

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      I hadn’t heard of “Tampa” either so went and checked it out on goodreads. Being the mom of a junior high boy myself the description made me really nauseous. I can see why it would be a topic of a lot of discussion but I don’t think I can stomach reading it. What do you think of it so far?

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    Erin says:

    I can’t wait to read the Inside Scientology book!!

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    Molly says:

    My husband and I both read Lexicon in two days, it was a great book. I would recommend all of Max Berry’s books.

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    Tracy says:

    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green–I know it is for grades 9-12…but John Green is an amazing writer!

    This One Is Mine: A Novel by Semple, Maria–quick fun read–that I pur to read on a trip–that I read bf trip & now am back for recs!

    Also picked up The White Queen (The Cousins’ War) by Philippa Gregory–put in suitcase SO I will not be tempted to read bf travel day C:

    Thank you for the list going to ck them out!

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      Julie says:

      I 2nd th John Green recommendation! My teenage daughter & I have read all of his books. I think “The Fault in Our Stars” is my fave w/ “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” a close 2nd.

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      Kristan says:

      I had The Fault in Our Stars on a reading list several months ago…it is one of my ALL TIME favorites!! So SO good!!

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    Kristen says:

    I just finished Reconstructing Amelia. It was great!

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    Trish says:

    I am going thru the old reading lists here and I really appreicate the ideas – so hard to decide!

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