My favorite read for the month of August was Among Others by Jo Walton.
15 year old Morwenna is a Welsh teenager in the 1970's struggling to deal with the loss of her twin sister. Her mother, who dabbles in magic, is mentally ill, and Morwenna believes her to be evil and the cause of her sister's death. She has been sent to live at a boarding school by her father (a man she barely knows) after her mother is deemed unfit to care for her. Morwenna believes in magic, and she sees spirits and fairies and all kinds of otherworldly creatures. Those magical entities, and her love of books, are her only sources of solace in a world filled with grief and loneliness. Has she inherited her mother's madness, or does she really see these "others"? It's up to the reader to decide.
I identified with this young girl's longing to find her place in the world, and the way books and reading help her escape the painful parts of her reality. It's a bittersweet coming of age story, and it's beautifully written. This was my favorite book for the month of August.