August, September and a Moving Update

by Kim on September 3, 2012 · 10 comments

We’re still Internet-less at our new house, so this post is coming to you from my office, which is abandoned for Labor Day. I need to get ready for an online fantasy football draft tonight and catch up on a couple of projects, but also wanted to use the quiet to post a quick update. This picture, taken from my reading chair this morning, might give you a sense of where we’re at with getting organized in our new house. It’s not pretty (except for Hannah — she’s still adorable)…

Hannah helping with the move

But, I think after I get my new bookshelf (which will sit near my desk at the back right of the photo) things will start to look a bit more put together — those books really need a home, otherwise they just get in the way.

Speaking of books, despite all of the upheaval in August, I still managed to finish nine pretty excellent books:

  • Winters, Ben: The Last Policeman (fiction/audiobook)
  • Straub, Emma: Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures (fiction)
  • Flynn, Gillian: Gone Girl (fiction)
  • Nunberg, Geoffrey: Ascent of the A-Word (nonfiction)
  • Povich, Lynn: The Good Girls Revolt (memoir)
  • Brooks, Joanna: The Book of Mormon Girl (memoir)
  • Gillizza, Chris: The Gospel According to The Fix (nonfiction)
  • Rosin, Hanna: The End of Men (nonfiction)
  • Heilemann, John and Halperin, Mark: Game Change (nonfiction/audiobook)

For those counting (mostly me), that puts me at 82 books read for the year. Frankly, that’s an astounding number. I’m not sure I can pick a favorite from August, since I liked most of them pretty equally. I didn’t have any mind-blowing reads, but I’m glad that I read each of them — although many for quite different reasons.

I haven’t thought much about what I want to read in September, but off the top of my head I can think of at least a few books I hope to get to this month:

Other than that, I’m pretty open to getting caught up on books I’ve missed this year. At the moment, I’m slowly making my way through Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story by Amanda Vaill, a truly lovely look at two American expatriates who helped anchor that movement in France between World Wars I and II.

What are you reading this fine Labor Day?

Disclosure: I received some of the books mentioned in this post for review consideration. 

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

bermudaonion(Kathy) September 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Your new place will feel like home before you know it!


susan September 4, 2012 at 8:23 am

82 books is quite an achievement! You’re flying. Look forward to your thoughts on Hanna Rosin’s new book and Emma Straub’s. Check out some of my September book choices at cheers.


Kim September 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm

It’s a lot of books! Many more than I had read last year at this time. I’m still not sure what to attribute it to.


Julie Merilatt September 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

Don’t forget to e-mail me your new address! I have a new card and trinket to send your way, but realized I didn’t have your new house number…


Kim September 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Done! Thanks for the reminder.


Anastasia @ Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog September 4, 2012 at 10:21 am

Yay for moving in okay! Also, adorable kitty is adorable.

I’m SUPPOSED to be reading either Rot & Ruin (so I can return it to the library this weekend) or Freedom & Necessity (actually a reread, and I love it, but the tiny font size is putting me off) but actually I’m just making collages and accidentally getting high off mod podge fumes.


Kim September 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Crafting is a great way to spend time not reading. Personally, I’ve been watching a ton of TV via Netflix, now that our Internet is finally turned on.


Amy September 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Good luck getting all unpacked and settled in, always a crazy thing to move! Happy to see you read Good Girls Revolt and am looking forward to reading your thoughts.


Kim September 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I liked that one a lot. I have the review all written, I just need to get it scheduled.


Jeanne September 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

Hannah is always adorable.


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