August 2020 Reads

I’ve been having a hard time reading so far in August. Not sure why. I’m definitely getting burnt out on Shakespeare. I’m finding it really hard to want to read more.

Fiction

Macbeth (William Shakespeare)
This is the last of the Shakespeare 2020 Project that I’ve read previously, so from here on out everything is new to me. I studied Macbeth in high school and hadn’t read it since. I actually forgot a lot about it. I enjoyed Lady Macbeth most, although I’ve always felt her off screen suicide was really something that should have been shown.

The Vanished Man (Jeffery Deaver)
This was a really interesting Lincoln Rhyme book. It dealt with an illusionist who was murdering people around New York City. I have no experience with magic or illusions, so learning about that via the book was really interesting. I found the plot kept my attention and kept me guessing. I like that each book is also forwarding the relationship between Sachs and Rhyme in believable ways.

Troilus and Cressida (William Shakespeare)
I really found this super boring. Not just boring, but I didn’t really feel connected to the characters. Cressida is barely involved. Overall not one of my favourites. It dragged so much and I’m really, really burnt out on Shakespeare right now.

Daughter of Earth and Fire: The Fledgling (Sandra A. Hunter)
This is a fantasy, and book one in a new series. Fantasy is not a genre I normally read, especially fantasy that contains (in this case) dragons.  The writing is very good, the characters well drawn, and there was a lot of interesting details about flying, airports, animals and dragon-lore. Overall though, it’s not a book that I would normally gravitate to, but I think that fantasy readers will really enjoy it, especially those that are into dragon-lore.

Antony and Cleopatra (William Shakespeare)
Again, I’m burnt out. I didn’t mind this one, but as someone with little knowledge of Antony and Cleopatra, I felt like I would have enjoyed it more if I had a historical base. I think that’s true for me of a lot of Shakespeare’s works that have basis in history. I liked it more than Troilus and Cressida, although I’ve learned I really don’t like the Roman era at all.

Non Fiction

Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai (Jim Colucci)
If you’re a fan of the Golden Girls, this book is a must read. Lots of behind-the-scenes info, including quotes and stories from writers, producers, the main actresses and guest actors on the show. Lots of great photos as well. I learned so much I didn’t know about the show and I really wish it was streaming somewhere, because I want to watch the entire thing again.

Goodreads Reading Challenge – 65/52

Two more books and I beat my all-time record. I’m pretty sure with all the months left in the year I’ll get it, but you never know … it is 2020 after all.

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