July only has a few days left, so it's time to talk about what I plan to read in August! Now, I will be on vacation for a week in August. Usually that means I can read more books, but we will see. I'll pretend that I can read the same number on the road as I can working full time.
Every Moment After by Joseph Moldover - This is a YA book about the aftermath of a school shooting. Way way after. The two main characters are the only two who survived a school shooting in 1st grade. Now they've graduated and are still dealing with their survivor's guilt.
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman - A lot of people on Booktube are raving about this one. This is a creepy book about a small town in upstate New York and the descendants of the town's founders. They can do magic. People die. They have to find out what the heck is going on. Mystery? Thriller? I guess I'll find out.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor - This book will meet the Read Harder Challenge to read a book by a woman and/or author of color that one a literary award. This won a Sequoyah award. It's a fantasy book about a librarian who is obsessed with a town that lost contact with the world. He gets the chance to go there, so he does.
Lexicon by Max Barry - This is the next book that's been on my TBR the longest. I started it several years ago, but it wasn't the right time for me to read it. I remember it was fast-paced and all about words.
Naturally Tan by Tan France - Tan France is the fashion expert on Queer Eye. You already know I love this show as this is the second memoir from one of its cast members that I am reading this year. Tan was born in London to Indian parents. His story promises to be fascinating.
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout - This is the book club book for August. I've read it before, but it has been many years. I just remember Olive being a bit of a busybody.
The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason - Ugh! This is a book about teenage drinking and the aftermath of a drunken party. It doesn't sound like my cup of tea, but the people in my group who have read it like it, so I'll probably have to read it eventually. Might as well do it now.
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka - This is the book I have to read for a brief presentation in October. It's a graphic novel, so it will probably only take an hour. Better get it over with, since I have to do research on it. I guess it's about a kid whose mom is in jail for drug charges who finds out his father's name on accident and goes looking for him. It's a memoir.
Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren - The main character plays on the boys hockey team in the small town. She hates the team captain. But apparently they fall in love. Like you do. I don't know. I have to read it, so I am.
The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee - This is weird. It is set in Kansas. A girl who wants to be a space engineer, has to give up her dreams to take care of her sister after her mom commits suicide and her brother joins a commune. A boy in the commune starts to think about what life would be like outside the commune. Then, pink lightning, red rain, and a mysterious clock counting down. What the heck?
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen - This is a fantasy book about a runaway prince, his evil bodyguard, and a Crow. I don't know what the Crow is. The prince fakes his death and wants the Crow to protect him.
Refraction by Naomi Hughes - Hughes is an Oklahoma author. The main character of this is dealing with OCD and going through therapy. It's unique in that it's about her problem but it's not about when she discovered it or got diagnosed. It takes place later in the process.
The Afterward by E. K. Johnston - Ok. The cover is terrible. I know. But apparently it's still a pretty good book? It is set after this group of people has been on a quest. They've been hailed as heroes, but that doesn't necessarily pay the bills.
Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Pena - I had no interest in reading a superhero book, but apparently this is great. All the women in my group who've read it say it's awesome. So okay.
The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Barnes is another Oklahoma author. I've been told this book is about search and rescue dogs. Ok. I'm here for it. No dogs better die.
15 books. Doable. I hope.
What do you plan to read in August?