August 2019 Reads
This month was an interesting reading month - while I didn’t read as many books, I did finish two books that were especially long. While my reading list is short, I would say I read quite a bit this month!
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
I’ve been a fan of Georgia and Karen for years and I’ve been listening to the My Favorite Murder podcast since its inception so I was very excited to read this book. This book is mostly anecdotes about Karen and Georgia’s lives, how they met, and a few deep dives into their catchphrases, especially the obvious, “Stay sexy and don’t get murdered!” If you are a fan of the podcast and you love their storytelling style, you’ll enjoy this book. I listened to the audiobook version of it, narrated by the authors themselves, and that was a real treat! I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads!
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
This book took me a while to finish because it was long but I think it was worth it because the life of the beloved Mister Rogers was lovely to read about. I remember watching his show as a child, then outgrowing it and thinking he was kind of corny as a know-it-all adolescent, but his lessons to children really meant something to me as an adult. Fred Rogers, according to this book, embodied the child-like innocence, kindness, and curiosity that he wanted to maintain in his audience and while there were times I did think, “no way this guy is real,” he truly was as kind, gentle, and loving as his TV persona. With a movie in the works starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, if you’re in a nostalgic mood, I’d read this biography! Another 4-star review!
Related post: July 2019 Reads
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
I’m currently going back and rereading all the Tamora Pierce Tortall books I used to read as a kid. There’s something about reading books from your youth as a grown up that’s so eye-opening! Truthfully, the Bekah Cooper series was published after I was a kid so this was my first time reading the series. I managed to borrow Terrier and it’s so fun reading about the ancestor of a beloved Tortall character, George Cooper! Pierce is great at writing well-rounded, kick-ass female characters and Bekah was no exception. She’s a dog (a sort of police officer) for Provost’s guards and she goes about to solve her first mystery as a “puppy” (trainee). Again, I gave this 4 out of 5 stars!
Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
Hooo boy, this book! I had been eager to read it since Reese Witherspoon listed it as her book club pick and, frankly, the woman has great taste! This book was touted as the #metoo book, with a vengeance and I was living for that! When the CEO of a fortune 500 company unexpectedly passes away, the board contemplates a new person to take over as the new CEO. However, that person has a past. A past with women he works with and these women are not going to disappear and let him step up without a fight. Told through multiple perspectives - all different perspectives that different women may have regarding sexual harassment, assault, and rape in general, I really loved this book. I docked a star on it because there were parts of it that were really boring, and frankly, felt like it droned on. The climax was VERY unexpected and then drew me right back! This book is definitely a must-read!