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Summer Reading: August

August FLEW by, didn’t it? Or is it just me? This month was pretty strenuous in many ways, so I didn’t have as much time or mental focus to read the way I have been throughout the summer. And honestly, that’s OK!

Here’s what I did read this month, though.

Fiebre Tropical by Juli Delgado Lopera

This was a really fun one to read, albeit a little challenging since I do not speak or read Spanish fluently. Thankfully Google Translate filled in some gaps and as the story went on, I felt more comfortable translating a few words myself. This is a coming of age and coming out story about Colombian teenager who moves to Miami with her mother, sister and grandmother. It was so funny and the author’s voice is so casual. I wanted some more closure at the end, but still absolutely loved it.

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O’Neill and Dan Piepenbring

I have always been intrigued by the 1960s, in fact I took a history class in college solely on that time period. I forget who recommended this book on Instagram, but it looked right up my alley so I gave it a whirl. The beginning was interesting and pretty scary, honestly, as it goes into the details of the Manson murders. Overall the book was interesting, but there were a lot of parts that dragged for me and the author’s choice to include his uncertainties, his anxieties about his deadlines just took me out of it. Still a fun read if you want to dive into some healthy conspiracies.

You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance and Living Your Purpose by Chani Nicholas

OK, wow. I loved this book. I’ve been following Chani Nicholas for some time, and I’ve always enjoyed her work. I bought this because I wanted to learn how to read my chart and understand it better, and this book did just that for me. I will say, this is a choose your own adventure style book — you will skip ahead to the parts that pertain to your chart. There were some parts of my chart that were not explained in the book which was a little frustrating. You can pull up your chart as a companion for the book on Chani’s website for free.

Those are my August reads! I’m hoping to have some more downtime this month to read some fun books. If you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

-K

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