october nick hornby copycat

Books Bought This Month
Jessica Darling’s It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection by Megan McCafferty
The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
Good Men Die by Philippa Duke Schuyler
Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget by Clinton Kelly

Books Received/Acquired This Month
Girlchild by Tuppelo Hassman (from publisher)
Objects in Mirror by Tudor Robins (from publisher, not for public review)
Taste Test by Kelly Fiore (from publisher, not for public review)
Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter (from publisher, not for public review)
Relativity by Cristin Bishara (from publisher, not for public review)
Escape from Communist Heaven by Dennis W. Dunivan (from publisher, not for public review)
by Josin L. McQuein (from publisher)
Red by Alison Cherry (from publisher, not for public review)
Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of a Global Citizen by Firoozeh Dumas
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson (from publisher, not for public review)
The New Normal by Ashley Little (from publisher)
The Lewton Experiment by Rachel Sa (from publisher)
Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast (from publisher)
When We Were Good by Suzanne Sutherland (from publisher, not for public review)
Fault Line by C. Desir (e-ARC from publisher, not for public review)

Books Borrowed This Month
Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
Sonata Mulattica by Rita Dove
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (audiobook)
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach (audiobook)
Don’t Look Now by Michelle Gagnon
Thin Space by Jody Casella
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (audiobook)
I Never Had It Made by Jackie Robinson

Books Finished This Month
My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (audiobook)
Taste Test by Kelly Fiore
Parallel by Lauren Miller
The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem
Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (audiobook)
Over The Wall by Peter Wartman
Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
Don’t Look Now by Michelle Gagnon
Bonk by Mary Roach (audiobook)
Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris (audiobook)
Thin Space by Jody Casella
Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup

I’m getting back to it! I feel like that’s a somewhat respectable amount of books to have finished this month. I’m also proud that some are audiobooks and graphic novels, because those are two literacies I have always found myself less inclined toward, so I’ve mostly avoided them. Listening is really hard because I like zoning out, and visual things are not my favorite. I’m a talker and a word person.

I made audiobooks a thing for the car, and I had a fair amount of long trips this month, which helped. It’s easier to listen to an extended story when you’re on a long, mostly uneventful trip. And while I know there were times I still missed things here and there, I think I got a lot out of the books I listened to. I’m not sure I could listen to a novel on audiobook – there’s something about nonfiction, no matter the type, that’s easier to follow. Maybe it’s because it’s more like real people talking, so it feels like there’s someone else in the car. I will give you one piece of advice, though: don’t listen to an audiobook about sex when you’re accustomed to driving with your windows down unless you want the whole peninsula to think you’re a little off.

The graphic novels were for work, because we were doing a bunch of booktalks, but they were good for me, too. Much as I did not love my graphic novels class in grad school, I do want to continue to stretch my knowledge of graphic novels, since a lot of the students I work with absolutely adore them. And as far as my personal reading is concerned, reading graphic novels forces me to slow down because there’s so much to read, not just decode. I still find it so difficult, and it’s hard for me to appreciate them because just the process of reading is so hard, but I’m getting there.

In a few hours, it’s November, and that means it’s NaNoWriMo. I signed up, and I really want to actually do it this year. It’s happening at work, so I’m going to use that to stay accountable. I’m also going to be reading like hell for something that just has to get done. So I don’t plan on being here much. I plan on putting myself through boot camp: I want to write, I want to read, I want to exercise. I want to live life. Ever since I got to California I’ve been enjoying myself but not putting myself out there, and so I have no excuse not to be accomplishing more. But I’m not, and yet I’m complaining about not being stimulated or entertained or happy. So it’s time to get to it. Make my own fun, as it were.

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