Top 5 Reads for August 2019

Friends, readers, fellow poets and lovers of the written word,

I am writing to share my top five picks (one in each category) for writing books, self-help books, romance, sci-fi, and graphic novels that I have recently read.

I hope you enjoy this new type of content!

Writing Books:

The 3 a.m. Epiphany by Brian Kiteley

  • Is wonderful for its wide array of prompts
  • Has a helpful little list of suggestions at the front
  • Inspired a lot of good scenes

Self-help Books:

Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin

  • Is another happiness project from Gretchen Rubin
  • Inspired me to clean up a bit more than usual around the house
  • Is a quick, fun read


I must confess I had to go back a bit in my reading log to find a romance book! But here is the most recent one that really struck me: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

  • Is based on Egyptian Mythology
  • Is a young-adult romance
  • Was a really quick, fun read
  • Stuck with me for about a week, longer than most books, which I tend to go through like matches


The best sci-fi I read this summer was Semiosis by Sue Burke.

  • I loved the premise
  • I loved most of the characters
  • This book is a very interesting departure from your classic first-contact book

And, finally, graphic novels:

The Skyward Series – authored by Joe Henderson, among other collaborators.

  • Is beautifully illustrated
  • Drew me immediately into the world
  • Is still a work-in-progress – the third book in this Graphic Novel trilogy is not yet out! Something to look forward to, for sure.

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