Sunday, August 30, 2020

Best of the Bunch: August 2020

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Today I'm sharing the best book I read in August.

Of the 10 books I read this month, I had one 5-star read, which makes it the Best of the Bunch!

I wasn't a huge fan of Ng's first book, and I was worried after the hype around Little Fires Everywhere that it would also let me down, but it did not! I found it a compelling read with many layers that would be phenomenal to discuss with a book group. As someone who, like Elena Richardson, feels most comfortable playing by the rules, I appreciated how Ng showcased the ways that most people actually have a strong moral compass — even if it looks vastly different from person to person — but they will bend their own rules when they feel justified or when they feel they have no choice. The themes of motherhood, privilege, and the trouble with colorblindness were also well woven into this novel, even if I had quibbles with the way the adoption process was portrayed. I'm glad to have finally read this one, and I think these characters will stick with me for a while.

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

Looking back:
One year ago I was reading: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, The Book of Unknown Americans, and How to Be a Perfect Stranger
Five years ago I was reading: The Witch of Blackbird Pond, A General Theory of Love, Still Alice, and Brain on Fire
Ten years ago I was reading: Reading Lolita in Tehran
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