july reading in review

(I guess it was about time to change the title of this column. But still, it’s all about the Nick Hornby.)

Books Bought This Month
The Secret of the Attic by Sheri Cooper Sinykin
Keisha’s Maze Mystery by Lauren Benson
Cheyenne Rose by L.E. Williams

Books Received/Acquired This Month
Love Is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson (ARC from ALA, because my coworkers rock)
Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake (see above)
Snap by Ellie Rollins (giveaway prize)
As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka (Kindle First)
Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson (Audiobook Sync)
Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier (ARC gift from publisher rep)
Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis (Netgalley ARC)
While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age during the Civil Rights Movement by Carolyn Maull McKinstry (Audiobook Sync)
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose (Audiobook Sync)
ScripTipps: Waitress by Dan Margules (free on Amazon for a week)
Virgin: A Novel by Radhika Sanghani (Edelweiss ARC)
Above Us Only Sky by Michele Young-Stone (Edelweiss ARC)
Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts (Netgalley pre-approval)
How to Be a Heroine: Or, what I’ve learned from reading too much by Stephanie Ellis (Edelweiss ARC)
Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (ARC from publisher)
Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee (Amazon promotion)

Books Borrowed This Month
Room by Emma Donaghue (audiobook)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella (audiobook)
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Books Finished This Month
Anthropologies: A Family Memoir by Beth Alvarado
The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
Yoga by Elizabeth Silas and Diane Goodney
Blessing’s Bead by Debby Dahl Edwardson
The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano (halfway through and then gave up)
Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast
Global Voices: Picture Books from Around the World by Susan Stan
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)
The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff
The Cello of Mr. O by Jane Cutler
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

I feel like a reading fail this month, but I guess that’s a fairly average number of books. Then again, one I didn’t finish, one was a picturebook, and one was pretty short, so it’s still less time spent reading and fewer pages overall. It might also be that it’s July, which is a month I am used to seeing as a vacation or summer school month, not just a drudgery of working all day, every day, so it’s just time to change my mindset and remember that I live in the working world now and there’s no such thing as summer vacation. Anyway, I really liked a lot of the books I read, and that’s what matters most. I also read pretty broadly as far as genre – almost no YA, strangely, and then I did memoir, popular fiction, sociology, picturebooks, and scholarly stuff. I have been working on only reading what really interests me and seems like it will prompt deep thinking or connection of some kind, rather than things that just sound kind of cool, and for the most part, these books did that. Of course, I have still read none of the books that I said I would prioritize in my last post, but that’s me, I guess. I still plan to.

I just moved into a new house, and it’s a house (well, duplex) instead of an apartment, which just makes me feel better. I haven’t lived in a place that really felt like me for a few years, and this one is going to be right, I think. It’s cozy, mostly dark and broody until it catches the right angle of natural light, and with touches of cuteness (dandelion decals on the bedroom wall, a few other decals in other spots) that aren’t overpoweringly adorable. So basically, it’s what I would be if I were a house. I have only unpacked my kitchen and my books thus far, and the previous tenant left a gigantic, tall shelf, which is great, because I would have needed to buy another one otherwise. I did all my fiction first, and I had so much more space left than I was expecting. I’ve done a bunch of other genres, though I still haven’t put everything away, and I have so much space on my four bookshelves it’s amazing. I feel like I’ve done something wrong, but I think it speaks to how good I was at letting go of things that really did not interest me that much or that I knew I would never read or reread. Even some of the things on the shelf now may go after I read them. Also, six-shelf bookcases hold a lot of books, so there’s that.

Anyway, I think I will feel more comfortable in this new living space, and i Hope that will lead to more relaxing reading and a lower stress and anxiety level in general.

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2 thoughts on “july reading in review

    • Did I? I added it to my to-read list the second after I finished Audacious! I liked it a lot. Unapologetic, sex+, a misfit who doesn’ thave everything figured out in the end…quite realistic. I liked it a lot.

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