Books to Read in August 2020

It’s almost the end of the month, which means it’s time for another round up of books to read in August 2020.

Books to Read in August 2020

Lately my lists of the books to read don’t include more than three new or previously read books. This month didn’t bring any changes. The books I have for you to read in August, however, fall into different categories: travel, nutrition, and education. Shall we start?


The Lost City of Z by David Grann

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I read review of this book a few month ago. It wasn’t neither good nor bad, but the title of this national bestseller stuck in my head. While checking out Powell’s City of Books in Portland, I spotted this book in travel section and knew right away that I had to read it.

In my opinion, David Grann did an amazing job tracing down life and story of the 20th century British explorer Percy Fawcett. Determined to find the mysterious City of Z, Fawcett together with his son and son’s friend ventured into the Amazon jungle. Unlike the previous expeditions conducted by the famous explorer, this voyage was unsuccessful. None of the tree men returned back home. Later, countless expeditions took place in order to find out what had happened to Fawcett and his companions and possibly save them. With great losses, both human and financial, they failed to achieve their mission.

In early 2000s, journalist David Grann came across a story about the lost explorer. The biography was so beautiful and mysterious, that it completely occupied Grann’s mind. The journalist decided to conduct his own expedition. He started with gathering information from libraries’ archives and personal diaries of Percy Fawcett. As Grann progressed with this task, he told an epic story of Percy Fawcett and his quest of the lost City of Z. It is one of the greatest books to read for those who like biographies intermixed with a bit of mystery.

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II

Books to Read in August - Roads and Destinations,

I must admit, this book is an answer to why I became vegan. I long gave up on recommendation of so-to-called nutrition gurus, insisting that you need to change your diet. But I never dismiss an advice from a medical doctor who in the course of 20 years conducted a study on how diet affects human health. So, be sure to add this massive research paper to the books to read in August. You will be surprises to find the simple answer to the most popular questions.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

Books to Read in August - Roads and Destinations,

The Elements of Style, English grammar book, is probably not one of the books you would pick up to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Yet, this short, about 80 pages, book is such a helpful tool for anybody who does any kinds of whiting. Whether you need to polish your grammar to write an essay or build a resume, stick to the rules outlined in this book. Even the father of American horror fiction, Stephen Edwin King, regards it as one of the best grammar books one should read and reread.


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