I realized about two weeks ago that I haven’t done a monthly reading wrap-up since May — a combination of vacations and other commitments, I think. I love doing these because I like taking at least a few minutes to look back on what I’ve been reading. It’s easy to forget sometimes!
I’ve read so many wonderful books this summer, I almost can’t believe it. I think the reason I read so many books is because when I read something great it inspires me to read more and more and more. Does that happen to anyone else? It’s great when that happens.
I read a respectable nine books in June. I struggled a little bit late in the month as I was prepping for vacation and feeling pretty stressed, but still finished a couple of books that I adored right at the end. My favorite of the month was, hands down, Ten Letters by Eli Saslow.
- Hanel, Rachel: We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down (memoir)
- Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (YA fiction)
- Van Booy, Simon: The Illusion of Separateness (fiction)
- Rybczynsk, Witold: Last Harvest (nonfiction)
- Horn, Stacy: Imperfect Harmony (memoir)
- Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (YA fiction)
- Collins, Paul: Duel With the Devil (narrative nonfiction)
- Glei, Jocelyn: Manage Your Day-to-Day (nonfiction)
- Saslow, Eli: Ten Letters (narrative nonfiction)
I was on vacation for about the first 10 days of the month, so I got a lot of reading done. After that, my focus turned to a few “required” books — book tours, paid reviews, and Bloggers Recommend choices — but I still finished an impressive (for me) 12 books. My favorites were probably two audio books, Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. They were fantastic YA fantasy.
- Barry, Max: Lexicon (fiction)
- Bardugo, Leigh: Shadow and Bone (YA fiction)
- Sonnenberg, Susannah: She Matters (memoir)
- Atkinson, Kate: Life After Life (fiction)
- Coffey, Wayne: The Boys of Winter (narrative nonfiction)
- Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (YA fiction)
- Sicha, Choire: Very Recent History (narrative nonfiction)
- Kachka, Boris: Hothouse (nonfiction)
- Le Page, Jody and Bell White, Sylvia: Sister (nonfiction)
- Brosh, Allie: Hyperbole and a Half (essays)
- Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (YA fiction)
- Bardugo, Leigh: Siege and Storm (YA fiction)
My 13 books in August were helped, a bit, by finishing up a couple books that had been languishing unfinished – Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed and the audio book of Insurgent by Veronica Roth — and a couple of comic books related to Avatar: The Last Airbender. I also went on a fiction binge at the end of the month, flying through Night Film by Marisha Pessl and all of Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam trilogy. I don’t think I can pick a favorite from the month — nearly every book was amazing, and I can’t wait to write some reviews for them.
- Pang, Alex Soojung-Kim: The Distraction Addiction (nonfiction)
- Yang, Gene Luen: Avatar the Last Airbender: The Promise (YA fiction)
- Yang, Gene Luen: Avatar the Last Airbender: The Search (YA fiction)
- Bishop, Patrick: The Hunt for Hitler’s Warship (nonfiction)
- St. Germain, Justin: Son of a Gun (memoir)
- Jackson, Nate: Slow Getting Up (memoir)
- Butler, Katy: Knocking on Heaven’s Door (nonfiction)
- Kizza, Tom: Pilgrim’s Wilderness (nonfiction)
- Strayed, Cheryl: Tiny Beautiful Things (essays)
- Pessl, Marisha: Night Film (fiction)
- Atwood, Margaret: Oryx and Crake (fiction)
- Atwood, Margaret: Year of the Flood (fiction)
- Roth, Veronica: Insurgent (YA fiction)
I spent Labor Day weekend with my family, first going to the State Fair with my sister then heading up to our family’s cabin for a few days. It was a perfect end of summer weekend, and I feel more at peace with the fact that fall is right around the corner. I haven’t really looked ahead to September, but a quick glance at my calendar promises a busy, busy month — I’ll try to get caught up with sharing some of that in next Sunday’s “Currently” post. Happy first day of school!