Whew, I can’t believe July is over. It feels like a crazy busy month, what with my birthday and traveling and signing a lease on a new rental house. I’m still sort of shaking my head and wondering how it went by so quickly. With all of that, I still managed to finish a ton of books. About a third were comic books, but whatever, I’m still counting them. Here’s what I read in July (in no particular order):
- Abbot, Meg: The Fever (fiction)
- Rachman, Tom: The Rise and Fall of Great Powers (fiction)
- Netzer, Lydia: How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky (fiction)
- Gay, Roxane: Bad Feminist (essays)
- Rubin, Gretchen: Happier at Home (nonfiction)
- Taylor, Chris: How Star Wars Conquered the Universe (nonfiction)
- Winters, Ben: Countdown City (fiction/audio book)
- Winters, Ben: World of Trouble (fiction)
- Grossman, Lev: The Magicians (fiction)
- Wieve, Kurtis: Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery (comic book)
- Vaughn, Brian K: Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned (comic book)
- Vaughn, Brian K: Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles (comic book)
- Vaughn, Brian K: Y: The Last Man — The Deluxe Edition Book Two (comic book)
- Vaughn, Brian K: Y: The Last Man — The Deluxe Edition Book Three (comic book)
Like the rest of my summer reading, a lot of fiction and a lot of other formats (in June it was audio books, this month it’s comics). It’s hard to pick a favorite book of the month. I adored The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman, but also had a hard time putting down Chris Taylor’s How Star Wars Conquered the Universe. We’ll call it a draw.
A Look to August
I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’m going to focus on reading nonfiction for the month of August (except for finishing up The Magician King and The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman). I picked up a ton of great September nonfiction at Book Expo America that I am going to make it a priority to read. Here’s what I’ve got on my plate:
- What Stays in Vegas by Adam Tanner (Sept. 2 from PublicAffairs) — How private corporations are using big data in targeting consumers.
- Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbot (Sept. 2 from Harper) — Four women who risked it all as Civil War spies.
- Daring: My Passages by Gail Sheehy (Sept. 9 from Harper) — A memoir from a early lady journalist in the 1960s.
- City of Lies by Ramita Navai (Sept. 9 from PublicAffairs) — The true stories of “ordinary people forced to live extraordinary lives in modern Tehran.”
- Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles Blow (Sept. 23 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) — A memoir by a New York Times columnist about his experience growing up in Louisiana.
- A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel (Sept. 23 from William Morrow) — A cautionary tale about the dangers of texting and driving and the science of attention.
- On Immunity by Eula Biss (Sept. 30 from Graywolf Press) — An exploration of why we fear vaccinations and our ideas of immunity.
What books are you excited to read in August?