Lauren says: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood - This is definitely a controversial book that I can see many people having different opinions on. My opinion is simple... this was very well written and I legit read in one sitting. While I don't in anyway condone situations that occurred in the book, it was completely engrossing and heartbreaking.
Lori says: Run River by Joan Didion - I practically inhaled this novel! It was Didion's first novel. The subject matter (cheating spouse) kind of hit a nerve with me (I just don't like reading about infidelity), but I read the novel more for research on Didion and her craft and tried to shake off the infidelity. She doesn't use many spare details or words. Her style is very precise, which makes it very deeply felt.
Lauren says: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue - I picked this book up to get back to my historical fiction roots. I've neglected that genre for too long. If anyone can help me leap back in, it's mystery historical fiction book by Emma Donoghue.
Lori says: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving - Every now and then I get this itch to read a John Irving novel. It's usually in the fall. I don't know why I always associate his stuff with the cooler months, but I do. Whatever. I've been meaning to read this one for a while and am going for it. Bonus Pick: It by Stephen King - I want to read it before the movie comes out. I actually snuck this into a textbook order, so please don't tell my mom...
What did you love in August? What are you looking forward to in September?