august reading in review

Books Bought This Month
Angry Black White Boy
by Adam Mansbach
House of Holes
by Nicholson Baker
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn (somehow lost my old copy awhile ago)
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (preordered a few months ago)

Books Received/Acquired This Month
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (Kindle First)

Books Borrowed This Month
Princeless Vol. 2: Get Over Yourself by Jeremy Whitley
Super Indian by Arigon Starr
Princeless: Short Stories by Jeremy Whitley

Books Finished This Month 
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Safekeeping by Karen Hesse
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella (audiobook)
Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry
Room by Emma Donoghue (audiobook)
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond (audiobook)
The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Under the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss
Princeless: Vol. 2: Get Over Yourself by Jeremy Whitley
Starbird Murphy and the World Outside by Karen Finneyfrock
Science…For Her! by Megan Amram

Well. The most exciting thing this month was when I realized I had only been reading books by women, which is not that unusual for me, but it was cool that it had been exclusively ladies for a whole month. So I decided to keep it going, but then I forgot because we got the next two Princeless books at work and they’re fantastic, if also shoddily edited, plus my coworker had to show me the batshit picturebook she picked up that was hilarious, so that ruined that. But only two dudes the whole month! Neat. Like I’ve been trying to tell people, if you are a real reader who likes things that are interesting and not the same over and over again, you will have no problem reading ladies and people of color and LGBTQ people and differently abled people and etc. The only way you cannot do that easily is if you only read what The New York Times tells you to read.

I digress. I did a lot of audiobooks this month, which is big mostly because they were fiction audiobooks and I usually find them hard to focus on. I guess I’m learning how to have better listening skills? Only took me a quarter century!

So this month was feminism, mostly. Lots of girls doing things that they’re not supposed to in society, especially if they’re not white, like go against their fathers’ wishes, go off on their own and seek their fortune, travel, be independent…

Actually, yeah. The books I read this month were super feminist and all about agency, for the most part. They weren’t all that engaging – I’d say it was half and half as far as stuff I really liked and stuff I was meh about, but I’m still pleased at the general theme that came out of it.


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