I read only five books in August, which is not a good month for me at all. But, well, August was rough in ways I am not going into on a reading post. So…
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (4/5) – Simone and I re-read this together. She’s definitely in the phase of wanting to read the same books over and over. I liked better the second time through, for my part. Dahl is pretty much always a fun read with my kids, I’m finding.
- The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez (4.5/5) – This was a very moving book focused on the experiences of people in a Latino immigrant community in the US. Henriquez does a great job of illustrating the wide varieties of purpose and experience within the community without making it feel ham-fisted. The central story concerns a romance between two teenagers and is lovingly painted. Great read.
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (5/5) – Knock this one off the too-read list. This is a 5 on merit more than enjoyment, I have to say. It’s a great work and I recognize it as a great work, but it’s just barely readable. Still, it is devastating in the end, if you’re willing to wade through.
- Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (5/5) – A much easier read than The Sound and the Fury, but no less a masterpiece. This is sort of a long poem and sort of not. But it is certainly a beautiful illustration of what it is like to be black in America today. Essential reading for everyone everywhere.
- Rose by Li-Young Lee (5/5) – This was a re-read in an attempt to gain recovery for the heart. Partially successful, I suppose. One of the best volumes of poetry you or I will ever read, regardless.