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Books Bought This Month
MILA 2.0: Origins: The Fire by Debra Driza (free e-book on Amazon)

Books Received/Acquired This Month
My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman (Netgalley ARC)
Taste Test by Kelly Fiore (Netgalley ARC, not for public review)
The Many Lives of Miss K: Toto Koopman – Model, Muse, Spy by Jean-Noel Liaut (e-ARC from publisher for review)
Canary by Rachele Alpine (from publisher, not for public review)
The Watcher by Lisa Voisin (from publisher, not for public review)
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards (ARC from publisher, not for public review)

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi (from publisher, not for public review)
If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin (from publisher, not for public review)
Relic by Rene Collins (from publisher, not for public review)
How Girls Thrive by JoAnn Deak with Dory Adams
Little Fish: A Memoir by Ramsey Beyer (from publisher, not for public review)
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (from publisher, not for public review)
Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard (from publisher, not for public review)
Running Lean by Diana L. Sharples (from publisher, not for public review)
Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon (from publisher, not for public review)
Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem (from publisher, not for public review)
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff (from publisher, not for public review)

Books Borrowed This Month
Deerskin by Robin McKinley
Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone
What It Is by Lynda Barry
The Use and Abuse of Literature by Marjorie Garber
Doll Bones by Holly Black
How to Never Look Fat Again by Charla Krupp
Torn by David Massey

Books Finished This Month
Some Quiet Place by Kelly Sutton
High School High by Shannon Freeman
15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins
Arclight by Josin L. McQuein
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong by L. Tam Holland
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

This month has been exhausting, and it’s reflected in my reading. More and more fails. Too much Internet. And working. Who knew working was tiring, right? At any rate, I’m getting back on track, I hope, after a bout of pneumonia, starting a new job, finishing my degrees (I hope – grades are in, but no diplomas in the mail yet), and not finishing moving into my apartment. Figuring out how to brace furniture on walls for earthquakes. Learning how to use an electric stove (ugh). Fun stuff. I should be unpacking now, not writing this.

But also, I miss being an obsessive reader. Much as I enjoy driving again, and much as I enjoy the amazing California weather, and the fact that people are nice on this side of the country, I am realizing that even though I live alone, I have given up a lot of my solitary time, both in public and in private. I have given up a lot of built-in daily reading time that I used to have on the T or while my slow work computer booted up. I have to start factoring new things into my day, like other reading time, exercise time, cooking time, committee work time, taking care of adult things like bills and cleaning time, and writing time – all of which existed when I was a grown up grad student in Boston but somehow feels different now that I have a real schedule to abide by and actual hours of work that I have to adhere to.

So I’ll be back soon, I hope. Plugging away at the reading and the other stuff. Growing up a bit more.

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