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)…
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:
- In keeping with my political kick, I can’t wait to pick up The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns by Sasha Issenberg.
- As part of a TLC Book Tour, I’ll be picking up Before the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Revolution by Luisita Lopez Torregrosa.
- And another memoir I’m hoping to get to this month, All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother’s Dementia. With Refreshments by Alex Witchel.
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.