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August 2020

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
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3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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This is Edinburgh: 08/02/20

This is Edinburgh

This is Edinburgh by Miroslav Sasek is the fifth book in the This is... series. This one is a 1960's look at the capital of Scotland. I read this book for two reasons: to continue with the series, and to get a quick primer since two of the YAs I was reading were set there.

Having never been to Scotland and not really knowing much about the country I can't really comment on how accurate Sasek's portrayal was or how much it has changed since first publication.

I can say that it's another journey through a well-known city via Sasek's distinctive art style. The artwork holds up and the facts about the city are still interesting. Newer editions will include an afterword with a list of things that have changed between original and current publication runs.

The next book is This is Munich (1961).

Four stars

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(Im)perfectly Happy: 08/01/20

(Im)perfectly Happy

(Im)perfectly Happy by Sharina Harris follows four long time friends. They call themselves the Masterminds and after three years, they've agreed to go all out and follow the dreams they'd set aside.

The audiobook uses a different narrator for each of the protagonists. Each chapter follows one of the women through their ups and downs. Giving each woman a literal unique voice makes each one shine in her own way.

There's Raina: a woman who wants to be a writer but has made a name for herself as a self help radio DJ. She gives sugary sweet advice in a buttery tone of voice and then plays a song to match the advice.

Kara wants to be a master sommelier by thirty. She's failed the final test and buried her mother. She has one last chance but she's scared she'll fail again.

Nikki was a musician. Now she's a stay at home mom. Her daughter goes to an exclusive private school with a PTA she hates. Her son is barely potty trained.

Finally there's Sienna. She's a public defender with city council aspirations. But she's put that aside for her fiancé, who is running.

Each woman also has a man. Two are married. Two are engaged. All of them swear they are happy. But all of them need more from life than what they have. All of them will find their relationships challenged.

It's a rollercoaster of four women uplifting themselves, pushing themselves, taking themselves sometimes to the breaking point, but rising up to become the people they dreamed they could be. It's about love, loss and fear.

Five stars

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July 2020 Summary: 08/01/20

Reading report

July continued the COVID-19 shelter in place and my husband has been told to expect to work from home until the end of June 2021. Our oldest will be moving to L.A. and my husband helped her get an apartment as her college stopped guaranteeing housing for all freshmen. Our youngest will be starting high school with remote learning for some period of time to be determined.

I read the same amount of books in July, 28, as I did in June. The vast majority of my read books met the diverse reading goal.

On the reviews front, I also had a good month, with nineteen books qualifying.

I still have 2018, 2019, and 2020 read books to post on my blog. My reviews to post from 2018 is down to 8 from 10, and my 2019 books to review are down to 8 from 11. This year's books are at 60 of the 207 books read.

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