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August TBR

Another month, another ambitious reading target - 13 books total.

There are 3 releases out this month that I'm stupidly excited about: The Last Mrs Summers by Rhys Bowen, which is the newest book in the Royal Spyness series that I've talked about before. I read these books religiously every time they come out, because they are a delightful little break from everything that is going on - they are silly and fun and I am ridiculously attached to Georgie and Darcy, and I highly recommend this series for anybody who needs something ridiculous as a distraction. In more serious releases, I'm also going to be gobbling up Kate Manne's second book Entitled. She's a feminist philosopher who looks at current events and gender theory through the lens of philosophy and logic, and her writing is packed with lots of research and good nuggets, but is clearly written and easy for the layperson to follow. Her first book, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, is absolutely brilliant and a must-read for everyone. And Emily St John Mandel has a new book out in August as well, The Glass Hotel, and since she's one of my favorite contemporary authors - and one of the best, I would say - I'm stupidly excited to read another one of hers. Everyone stop what they're doing and go read Station Eleven and Last Night in Montreal.

I've also decided that I'm into linguistics now, so there's a couple of nonfictions on here on the history of language and how bilingualism affects the brain and its perception of language itself. Actually, having said that, this month is a pretty nonfiction month for me - three in one go is unusual.

Also (and I'm deeply ashamed to admit this, but here goes)... I probably will read Midnight Sun.

The Last Mrs Summers, by Rhys Bowen

Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women, by Kate Manne

The Glass Hotel, by Emily St John Mandel

The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

La Nuit des béguines, by Aline Kiner

On ne meurt pas d'amour, by Géraldine Dalban-Moreynas

L'Échnographie du vide, by Camille Bonavelet

Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell

The Liar's Dictionary, by Eley Williams

The Unfolding of Language, by Guy Deutscher

The Bilingual Brain, by Alberto Costa

The Lost Queen, by Signe Pike

Incidentally - folklore is brilliant and it's definitely grown on me. 'hoax' and 'my tears ricochet' hit me right in the feels and are masterpieces of lyrical songwriting. I mean, come on??? 'Stood on the cliffside screaming give me a reason/Your faithless love's the only hoax I believe in'. TAYLOR, STOP IT. I SAID STOP IT.

Happy reading,

Amélie xx

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I’m Amélie, I love books and reading, and I also love talking about them.

I’m incredibly lucky to be bilingual, so I read books in both French and English, and will talk about both of those on here – although I will do more in English, since I know that’s probably what the majority of the people who ever find this blog will be interested in!

I also like history, traveling, Shakespeare, coffee, cheese, musicals, Italian Baroque art, the ballet, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, flowers, makeup, high heels, and baking. Yes, I’m a walking cliché. I am aware.

Please do tweet at me with any suggestions/book recommendations/thoughts.

In case you’re curious – yes, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time.

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