August Reads

Here are a few books I'm reading for the month of August!

The Outlander Series - August Reads - A Detailed Palette

The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

This book features a woman, Claire, who, after finally being reunited with her husband after WWII, accidentally time travels while vacationing in the Scottish Highlands. This one had been recommended to me before, but I was really hesitant to check it out. It seemed as though it would be entirely too much of a Harlequin romance novel for my tastes.  While there are definitely parts of it that align with that genre, there is a lot of really great historical context that I have really appreciated. I also like the sort of bleak outlook that the book showcases - something I find to be a bit more realistic and truthful. A lot of times, the olden days are romanticized in novels and in TV shows, but when it comes down to it, it was very rarely romantic. I mean, all I really have to say is three words: no modern plumbing. I feel the author balanced truth, history, fiction, and romance in a truly entertaining, realistic, and engaging way. This book was amazingly good and way better than I was expecting. Thankfully, it's just the beginning of a long series. Can't wait to read the rest of them.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I am almost done with this one. So far, it's been okay. It's about a child prodigy struggling to not only make the most out of his potential, but also to get over his ex-girlfriend Katherine. It truly is YA in every sense. I enjoy the high levels of nerdiness that John Green showcases in this novel, with everything from graph charts and obscure historical references. I've found it to be cute and entertaining so far, although a bit predictable.  

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

I haven't started this one, but I am excited to see what it is all about. It's actually written by two different authors which is really cool to me. It's apparently about two very different boys who have the same name. They end up meeting, and their lives then intertwine in a variety of ways. 

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

This novel has been on my to-read list for far too long. I loved the other novel that I read by Du Maurier (My Cousin Rachel) so I am ready to give her more famous novel a shot.

Are you currently reading anything amazing? If so, please share! 

-xo, Rachel