August Reads : 2014

bill bryson the lost continent

A couple weeks ago, I talked about getting back to my roots. More specifically, back to bookmarks and focusing on what I love making and creating. In the spirit of those thoughts, I’ve decided to recap my reading at the end of each month. I’m not a reviewer so these will be mostly just my basic impressions, but if you want more info than what I write here just leave a comment!

August was a crazy varied month for me. Although, since this is my first Reads post, I may be mixing up August with July a little bit. But the point still stands – I read from a variety of different genres and categories.

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

I am a big fan of Veronica Mars and have been since the show debuted. When they announced the movie I was ridiculously excited and watched the entire series over again with my husband (who was watching for the first time). The movie was everything I wanted to be … this book…. not as much as I had hoped.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked The Thousand Dollar Tan Line just fine. But it wasn’t as memorable as I wanted it to be. A month after reading I’m struggling to remember specific details or even how it ended. I’m sure I’ll love this when I re-read it and it’s a great mystery again, but right now it’s kind of frustrating.

The Doomsday Vault and The Impossible Cube by Steven Harper

Steampunk is so fun and these books are a great example. Airships, crazy mechanical inventions and even a zombie-like disease that either destroys immediately or makes a genius of you before it destroys you. I loved the characters and the story telling in the first two books and can’t wait to read the third.

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

On the business side of things, I read this book by the creator of TOMS shoes. It was an interesting read, but didn’t much apply to me and what I’m doing with either of my businesses. I’ve read other books, like the $100 Startup, which had me scribbling notes the entire time. This one was more of a pleasant read that I didn’t connect to as much.

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

If you read fantasy and haven’t read Robin Hobb’s books you should start right now. She has three trilogies that connect and a set of four books that are sort of a side story set in the same world. This book is the start of a new trilogy that goes back to the original characters. The first book in the series is The Assassin’s Apprentice and it follows Fitz, the bastard son of a king in waiting who is trained as a court assassin in order to keep him loyal to the throne, among other reasons. They are wonderful wonderful books and this one was no different. I’m addicted and can not wait for the rest in this trilogy.

and finally

The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson

I’m not quite done with this one, but I’m loving it so far. Coming back to the US after living in England for a time, Bryson decides to travel America and gives his running commentary on small towns, unique attractions and travel in this fun quirky book. I’ve read a few of his books and this one is becoming one of my favorites. Bryson writes a lot like a non-fiction Stephen King – brash with an honest, sometimes mocking, look at small town life. You can tell how he both loves and hates aspects of American life and it’s an interesting view to read.

Those are my reads from August – what have you been reading?

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