• Ryanne Harper

Reading Challenge: August Edition


The goal is fifty-two books in fifty-two weeks.

Current count: thirty-three

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones: 4 stars

Celestial and Roy have only been married a little over a year when Roy is arrested for a crime he didn't commit, putting their newish marriage under an unimaginable amount of stress.

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy: 3 stars

The women in the mom's group decide to leave their babies at home and have a well-deserved night out, things go way, way south when one of the babies is kidnapped. The women become obsessed with finding out who took baby Midas and even begin suspecting his mother. This book has the potential for some really good twists, but then they fall short. The big revelations are more medium sized.

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain: 4 stars

Anthony Bourdain, known for being brutally honest, gives some insight into the busiest kitchens in NYC as only he could. I'm glad I chose audio for this one because it was kind of like he was hanging out with me. I listened to it right after his death, so it was also a little sad.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn: 5 stars

Saga is a beautiful comic series. Alana and Marko, from warring nations, fall in love, run away together, and have a child. Word gets out and now they're being hunted.

Educated by Tara Westover: 5 stars

This book gave me a lot of feelings. Anger at Tara's family. Gratitude to mine for instilling in me a desire to learn and paying for my college so I could continue to learn, even when I changed my major during my Junior year and essentially had to start over. And annoyance at myself for taking it for granted.

Different Seasons by Stephen King: 4.5 stars

This is a collection of short stories. Two of them were, for me, four stars; the other two deserve five so I'm giving it a 4.5 overall. Of the four, Apt Pupil was definitely my favorite. I like it when Stephen King deviates from his monster stories and highlights the monster inside seemingly normal people.

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz: 4 stars

I love a good mystery and Anthony Horowitz is one of the best. I didn't realize this was a series, but this book, for me, works as a stand-alone as well. It's fun, it's clever, it's typical Horowitz.

What am I currently reading?

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Missed my other updates? No worries. You can catch up.

July

I only linked July because typing the months in reverse order is a lot and also I didn't feel like it. The previous months are all linked on the July post. Or, just follow me on Goodreads.

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