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August TBR

As promised - return to normal service! Apologies for the summer hiatus... we can blame my French half, who thoroughly believes in six weeks off during the hottest weather.

Anyway, here's my August TBR - it's mostly a repeat of previous month's TBRs, as I'd really like to fully clear the massive pile on my nightstand before the fall hits and I'm A) reading through my pre-orders of the new releases I'm really excited about and B) starting a full-time PhD, while also keeping my job part-time, and will be way too busy and brain-nackered to read novels for fun anymore. Or, well, I'll keep reading novels, but I'll probably go from reading 4 a week to only reading on weekends and watching a lot of trash TV.

So, what's on my TBR for this month, you ask? Well, rather a lot. I'm in self-isolation for ten days, will only be in the office a few times, and my social and dating life has never been all that active (I'm sorry but real men just never live up to their fictional counterparts - Mr Darcy clearly does not actually exist so why even bother trying? That's all I have to say about THAT). All this to say, I've got a relatively empty month ahead of me that I can fill with reading.

So, as I was saying, my TBR list for this month is a bit of an eclectic mix (I feel like I say that every month, and every month it ends up being the same mix of historical fiction, contemporary family sagas, romances, and Agatha Christie. Oh well): we've got the next three Miss Marple novels, because they're delightful murder mysteries and also serve as a very effective palate cleanser between heavier-lifting novels; quite a few (three, which for me is quite a few) nonfictions, covering a range of topics (two historical analyses, one on the history of conflict, the second on the history of immigration and immigration policing) and one on how the interplay of sexual desire and relationships impacts modern-day feminism; six romances (one historical, one contemporary retelling of Pride & Prejudice, and four contemporaries); a historical urban fantasy; three thrillers (a French-language serial killer, one set in a publishing house, and one about 'final girls' who get targeted post-massacre); a couple mythological retellings; a modern classic; seven historical fictions; one classic retelling; one family, contemporary saga (the FictionMatters book club pick for August); and two contemporary sagas exploring pertinent themes in the LGBTQ community. This last one is a real blind spot in my reading, so I'm looking forward to exploring it a bit more fully.

As always, below is my full TBR for the month - and I've highlighted the ones I'm hoping to review, as per usual, so give me a holler if there are any that you would like my take on that I haven't highlighted.

  • 4.50 from Paddington, by Agatha Christie

  • The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side, by Agatha Christie

  • A Caribbean Mystery, by Agatha Christie

  • Second First Impressions, by Sally Thorne

  • Bath Tangle, by Georgette Heyer

  • The Other Black Girl, by Zakiya Dalila Harris

  • War: How Conflict Shaped Us, by Margaret Macmillan

  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, by Isabel Wilkerson

  • Detransition, Baby, by Torrey Peters

  • The Murmur of Bees, by Sofía Segovia

  • Unmarriageable, by Soniah Kamal

  • The Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo

  • Mistress of Rome, by Kate Quinn

  • The Madwoman Upstairs, by Catherine Lowell

  • The Passion, by Jeanette Winterson

  • The Midnight Bargain, by C.L. Polk

  • The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer

  • She Would Be King, by Wayetú Moore

  • A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki

  • Olympus, Texas, by Stacey Swann

  • Skye Falling, by Mia Mckenzie

  • Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Razorblade Tears, by S.A. Cosby

  • The Right to Sex, by Amia Srinivasan

  • L'été tous les chats s'ennuient, by Philippe Georget

  • Le Montespan, by Jean Teulé

  • Le suspendu de Conarky, by Jean-Christophe Rufin

  • Le train d'Erlinghen, by Boualem Sansal

  • L'Évangile selon Pilate, by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt

  • The Secret Bridesmaid, by Katy Birchall

  • The Final Girl Support Group, by Grady Hendrix

  • The Roadtrip, by Beth O'Leary

  • The Butchers, by Ruth Gilligan

Right, I better get to reading.

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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