#Unreadshelf Challenge August Update

I’m falling behind with book reviews, but it doesn’t mean that I’ve given up! On the contrary, the 3 books that my kids chose for me in July were quite interesting, so much so that I had finished them by July 25, despite the seductive appeal of the library books. (I’ve been known to take a library book home, because the cover was so tempting, and to bring them back the next time around unread, after I’d reminded myself that the book pile on my nightstand was already teetering. I’m calling this taking a book out for fresh air)

This month’s prompt by Whitney Conard really doesn’t fit with my life right now, as I’m away with my family with only my Kindle, no laptop and limited internet connexion (I’m writing this on my phone from the holiday rental, so far so good). August is not a good time for a buddy read. So, we will just agree that for one month I forget the challenge’s rules and go off script. After all, the most important thing is that I read books I own, right?

During the last days of July, because I was tired, I indulged in lots of Amazon Kindle offers at 2€ each, as well as several Netgalley ARCs. Of course, they don’t clutter my real life bookshelves, but my Kindle shelves are kinda full! (Is it technically a real thing? I’m not sure). Here’s what I bought and got:

  • Michael Connelly, The wrong side of goodbye (the Harry Bosch that I’d missed during lockdown) – Amazon offer
  • Michael Connelly, The late show, with his new detective heroine – Amazon offer
  • David Young, Stasi Wolf – Amazon offer
  • The secret lives of church ladies by Deesha Philyaw, an advance copy of a short story collection by a Black female author.
  • The trouble we keep by Cara Devlin, an advance copy of a pioneer western romance, because apparently I can’t resist those.

For August, my plan is to finish 2 other ARCs I’m reading for a while (short story collections) and to read those 3 digital books I’ve owned for months and even years!

  • The innocence of Father Brown, by G. K. Chesterton
  • Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande (my non-fiction pick)

What are you planning to read this month?

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