september reading in review

Books Bought This Month
Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Love Is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson (preordered over the summer)

Books Received/Acquired This Month
Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond (Kindle First)
The Young Elites by Marie Lu (Edelweiss ARC)
The Truth Commission by Susan Juby (Edelweiss ARC)
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (Edelweiss ARC)
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks (birthday gift)
Jessica Darling’s It List 2: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes & Faux Friends by Megan McCafferty (ARC from publisher)
Bennington Girls Are Easy by Charlotte Silver (Edelweiss ARC)
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl (gift from a friend)
You by Caroline Kepnes (Klout perk)

Books Borrowed This Month
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte
Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica
The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne
The Program by Suzanne Young (audiobook)
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

Books Finished This Month
Nil by Lynne Matson
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Super Indian by Arigon Starr
T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte
Fitzgerald Did It: The Writer’s Guide to Mastering the Screenplay by Meg Wolitzer
Jessica Darling’s It List 2 by Megan McCafferty
The Program by Suzanne Young (audiobook) (gave up after 1 disc)
Princeless: Short Stories by Jeremy Whitley
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Reading this month was largely disappointing, both in the small amount of books I finished and in the books themselves. Mostly I found everything I read this month underwhelming – the only good books were Megan McCafferty’s and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s. Others were meh or just terrible. I hate that.

That said, a lot of the books I bought or acquired or borrowed have a lot of potential, so I am excited for them. It’s just that most of them happened in the last two weeks, so I haven’t had time, because Americanah was quite the undertaking. But in the best way, because it was fabulous.

Two neat things about literature and this month: I saw Jason Segel live, bought his book, got it signed, and made an awkward fool of myself in front of him. Then tonight I also saw Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie live, but I did not personally interact with her, which is probably better, because I am awkward.

Anyway. Here’s to October being better. A long weekend away from home should help, assuming I bring the right books with me. Anxiety and guilt abound: what am I reading, in what order am I reading it, what am I keeping out from the library too long, what am I spending money on, what is taking up space on my bookcase and really just needs to be read so it can go, what does Society think I should read (nah, don’t really care, but it still crops up from time to time), whose recommendations do I really care about…

So that’s awful. Anyway. I’d like to learn how to read for myself again, but that’s probably not really a thing anyway.

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