Hey, internet friends!
I haven’t done one of these posts in a really long time, but I decided that I would talk about my August TBR!
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
I’m currently reading the first book in Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives series. I find with most high fantasy books that I need a break every now and then from all the intensity so it’s going to take me a bit to finish.
Speak again the ancient oaths,
Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.
And return to men the Shards they once bore.
The Knights Radiant must stand again.
Roshar is a world of stone swept by tempests that shape ecology and civilization. Animals and plants retract; cities are built in shelter. In centuries since ten orders of Knights fell, their Shardblade swords and Shardplate armor still transform men into near-invincible warriors. Wars are fought for them, and won by them.
Son by Lois Lowry
Son is the last book in The Giver series and one of my all-time favorite books. It’s that time of year when I’m ready for a re-read and this one was calling my name.
They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
I’ve heard so many good things about this book! I really just want to read some great YA fantasy.
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.
Veganish: The Omnivore’s Guide to Plant-Based Cooking by Mielle Chenier-Cowan Rose
I’m not a vegan, but I do believe in the benefits of eating more plant-based meals. This book so far has been quite informational and has some good recipes. I’ll be reviewing it on my wellness blog, Wellness Reads.
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
I’ll be reading this one for work, but I’m super excited to read some more diverse books.
This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.
At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.
And that is what I have planned for this month! I will be reading more for work, but I’m just not sure what yet.
In other news, I’ll be taking a short hiatus from this blog just in the month of August. I really want to just read for the fun of reading, for the escapism, and while I love blogging, it can become tiresome.
So lookout for some new posts coming out in September!