So, how was everyone’s August? Mine was hella busy (more about it next month when I post my Bookish & Not-So-Bookish Thoughts). Fun fact: I was planning on posting recaps of my time in Portugal but I’ve just been so busy, I haven’t actually sat down with enough patience to sift through the photos. Oops. Fingers crossed I do get around to posting about it next month 🙂 In the meantime here’s what has been going on here at the blog for the month of August:
Books reviewed recently: Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall (review), Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys (review), and Curtis Sittenfield’s Eligible (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
Read and reviewed one advanced reading copy (wow, first one in ages!): Amy Stuart’s Still Water (review. You can read all of the ARCs I read in the past over at this tag.
Reviewed two movies in the last two months: The Death of Stalin (review) and Crazy Rich Asians (review). You can check out all of the past movies I’ve watched and reviewed in this tag.
And that’s about it, lol! Well, it’s back to the grind (working the long weekend, and then back to school starting Tuesday). Wishing everyone a lovely start of September! 🙂
The Ludwig Conspiracy By: Oliver Pötzsch Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
In 1886, Ludwig II, the fairytale king of Bavaria, was deposed after being declared insane by doctors who had never met him. He died mysteriously soon thereafter, his eccentric and beautiful castles his only legacy.
When an encoded diary by one of Ludwig’s confidants falls into the hands of rare book dealer Steven Lukas, he soon realizes that the diary may bring him more misery than money. Others want the diary as well—and they will kill to get it. Believing the diary to contain the secret truth behind Ludwig’s death, Steven and the detective Sara Lengfeld go on the run, investigating each of Ludwig’s three famous castles for clues. Just what in the diary could be so explosive that Ludwig’s deranged modern-day followers will do whatever it takes to keep it hidden?
I’ve been meaning to read something by Oliver Pötzsch for ages. I ended up picking up this book partly because it was on sale but also because it was a standalone and I wasn’t in the mood to pick up a series at the time.
The Passage (The Passage #1) By: Justin Cronin Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase
An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.
I’ve seen this book around since it was first released, thought to pick it up at some point but of course other books came first to my hands. Anyway, what finally prompted me to pick up the book was seeing the trailer to the television adaptation and a number of friends all reading it around the same time 😛
Okay, so I’m usually pretty slow in watching movies that are just released and whatnot, but I just had to see this movie (and so did my mum–so it became a family event). I still remembered much of the basic plot of this story from the book (review) so I was curious to see how they adapted it.
Just Watch Me: the Life of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, 1968 – 2000 By: Johnny English Format/Source: Paperback; was a Christmas gift
This magnificent second volume, written with exclusive access to Trudeau’s private papers and letters, completes what the Globe and Mail called “the most illuminating Trudeau portrait yet written” — sweeping us from sixties’ Trudeaumania to his final days when he debated his faith.
His life is one of Canada’s most engrossing stories. John English reveals how for Trudeau style was as important as substance, and how the controversial public figure intertwined with the charismatic private man and committed father. He traces Trudeau’s deep friendships (with women especially, many of them talented artists, like Barbra Streisand) and bitter enmities; his marriage and family tragedy. He illuminates his strengths and weaknesses — from Trudeaumania to political disenchantment, from his electrifying response to the kidnappings during the October Crisis, to his all-important patriation of the Canadian Constitution, and his evolution to influential elder statesman.
I made it a point to read the second volume of Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s biography before school started as there was no way I was going to get through the 800+ page volume once the assignments started rolling in.