Who observed the eclipse on the 22nd of August? My dad cut out a little circle in a piece of paper and we were able to look at the projected shadow, but honestly, I didn’t have as much interest in the phenomenon as I should have. I think it’s because the freaking gravitational pull gave me more headaches in August than I’ve had this entire year combined and I was ready for it to be over. (Apparently, the idea of the eclipse causing headaches is not believed universally, but if I asked all of you whether or not you had more headaches last month than usual, I guarantee at least 50% of you would respond positively.)
As such, I read two books in August, and that’s only because one of them was an audiobook.
Stephen King: On Writing
This is one of those books I’ve picked up several times and not gotten past the first chapter. The beginning of this book starts with a lengthy overview account of King’s childhood and how he became involved in writing. It was interesting, but not necessarily an attention-grabbing way to begin. However, once I committed myself and delved into the book, I fell in love. Every writer, whether they read Stephen King or not, needs to read this book. It’s not only inspirational but provides practical writing advice.
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 stars
The Hollow Crown, The Kingfountain Series Book 4 by Jeff Wheeler
Ah, my lovely Kingfountain fantasy series. This audiobook got lost in shipping, but it finally arrived towards the end of the month, and I finished it on August 31st. It was wonderful being back in the world Wheeler has so thoughtfully crafted, though I have to admit I wasn’t as blown away by this book as the previous three due to it containing some rather cliché elements. That being said, I love the storyline, the characters are intriguing, and I can’t wait to get the next book.
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars
The one thing that made up for my underwhelming wrap up pile is my new bookcase. *Deep breath* I still shake a little when I think about it. I’ve been wanting a white bookcase with at least five shelves for a loong time but had been putting it off due to moving around. However, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, it got to the point my books were overflowing, I didn’t want to put them all in storage, and my room was horribly cluttered. And so, when a sale came along, I broke down and made the best decision of my life.
Look at it. It’s just plain pretty. And it makes me happy. It’s hard to feel at home in a rental, but when I put these shelves up and displayed my favorite books and knick-knacks, draped the twinkle lights, I got a little emosh because my room was swathed in a feeling of home that I haven’t felt in two and a half years. *cue dramatic cello music*
In case you’re interested, this is the Carson 5-Shelf Bookcase from Target. It came in good shape and is very sturdy on carpet – I don’t even have it mounted to the wall. (Heads up: For bigger items, Target uses a different courier service rather than the normal UPS or FedEx. My order couldn’t be tracked beyond being picked up at the warehouse, it arrived several days after the scheduled delivery date, and when I called the courier to ask about its location, I was given no information. It ended up fine in the end, but keep that in mind if you order online!)
See you tomorrow with my September TBR! What did you read in August?