August 2020 Reads

August is the busy month of back to school (which is even busier and crazier than ever this year!). I didn’t read much, but I did read some really great books this month.


Number of books read: 4 📘📘📘📘

Print books: 3 📚📚📚

Audiobooks: 0

Kindle books: 1 📱

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars books: 3

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 star books: 1

⭐⭐⭐ 3 star books: 0

⭐⭐ 2 star books: 0

1 star books: 0

😍 Favorite book: Spore

☹️ Least favorite book: How to Steal a Dog

▶️ YouTube wrap up:

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

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5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from July 28, 2020 – August 6, 2020.

This was another childhood favorite I reread for my YouTube channel. I love this story so much and it was still wonderful and magical and adventurous as a grownup. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of stories about adventurous, resourceful kids living on their own and the fantasy elements are just the cherry on top of this delightful story.

Find this review on Goodreads here.

Listen to me read this book aloud here.

Spore by David Kristoph

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5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from August 2, 2020 – August 13, 2020.


Do you ever read a book and get frustrated because your brain can’t read as fast as you want to turn the pages? That’s how I felt with Spore. This book was an incredible action-packed sci-fi thriller. It focuses on John Harmon, an army vet who’s down on his luck and suffers from insomnia and night terrors. He’s convinced everything will change for him when he gets accepted into a lucrative sleep study, but not everything is what it seems at the facility.

I liked John a lot as a character. I thought he had real depth and his motivations were clear and realistic. I also loved the commentary on ethics in scientific research and the action-packed second half of the book. The first half of the book made me incredibly anxious (in a good way) because I could tell something awful was going to happen soon but I had no idea what it was.

This book impressed me so much. I would love to see a movie adaptation of it one day.

**I voluntarily reviewed this book after receiving a free ARC from Hidden Gems Books. All the opinions stated in this review are honest and entirely my own.**

Find this review on Goodreads here.

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor

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4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read on August 20, 2020.

Our fourth graders are reading this as a whole grade novel. We got everyone their own copy to make sure they’re still doing real reading even though school is online. I read it today to make sure I know the story before I teach it and wow. This was a great book.

Georgina and her brother Toby and her mom live in their car. Georgina is sick of it and decides she has a plan to earn enough money to help her mom rent an apartment. She decides she’s going to steal a dog, keep it until the owner offers a reward, and then “find” the dog and get the reward money. But, things don’t go exactly as she expects.

This was a great story and it dealt with real issues that I know some of my students will be able to relate to. The major theme was selfishness and right vs. wrong, and I think the author handled it in a complex yet still age appropriate way.

Find this review on Goodreads here.

The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

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5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from August 12, 2020 to August 22, 2020.

this book gave me SO much to think about and I marked up the heck out of it. I’m going to keep coming back to it. really powerful stuff.

Find this review on Goodreads here.

What did you read this month? Leave a comment down below and let’s chat!

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