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August Reading / Life
- And, the summer of slumpiness continues through August. My reading this month was extremely unfocused…mostly due to moving. I read less (9 books) and with less concentration than I have all year. A couple super short books are the only reason I even hit 9.
- Lots of library holds came in this month: The Heirs, The Hate U Give, and Exit West. And, other than the hands-down winner this month (Emma in the Night, my review), most of my relative successes came from the library!
- Ann Patchett’s memoir on writing, The Getaway Car, was only 45 pages, but it was outstanding. I’m not an aspiring writer (as in writing an actual book rather than a blog), but much of her advice can be applied to work in general. And, I love her grounded take on things.
- My audiobooks were hit and miss: I didn’t really connect with Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B (but, possibly could during a period of grief), but Kate Fagan’s What Made Maddy Run was eye-opening. It’s a must-read for parents, especially parents of young athletes.
- Finally, I read two very confusing ARCs (advance reader copies): I adored parts of Young Jane Young (my review) and The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, but borderline inexplicable editorial choices tarnished both books for me.
- We can’t forget the DNF’s: two super hyped debut novels (Stay With Me and My Absolute Darling), and South Pole Station.
- Check out my commentary on the September Book of the Month Club selections…I’ve read 2.5 of this month’s selections and have to say it’s a great month to join! I’m also working on a new addition to my monthly Book of the Month Club feature…another tool to help you pick the Book of the Month Club selection that you’re most likely to enjoy!
- Finally, I’m continuing to share my small, but highly selective library for my new, built-in bookshelves on Instagram. So far, I’ve acquired 4 books for a total of $2.00 – pretty thrifty! Follow me at @sarahsbookshelves to see what books make the cut!
Best Book of the Month
My Favorite Book(s) of the Month
Best Selling Book(s) of the Month (via my affiliate links)
September Releases I’m Excited About
Sourdough by Robin Sloan (September 5)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (September 12)*
The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson (September 12)
The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille (September 19)
The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall (September 19)
*I’ve already read it and it’s awesome!
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Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers
- I’ve been donating lots of books to Little Free Libraries lately, so I appreciated Ann at Books on the Table‘s take on various views and observations of how they should be used. Confession: I’m guilty of using them as a dumping ground for books I want to get rid of rather than “sharing my favorite books with the community.” That being said, I donated my paperback copy of one of my all-time favorites (The Lords of Discipline, my review) and it was still sitting there a week later…which obviously had me questioning the neighborhood’s taste!
- Anne Bogel at Modern Mrs. Darcy’s post entitled “Ask for the &$@%! Mug” may seem obvious, but I feel like women especially need to be reminded to ask for what they want! So often, especially in the business world, we just don’t.
- Cait at Paper Fury‘s list of “10 of the Weirdest Things About the Online Life of a #Bookblogger” is so true! Age doesn’t matter, you know people by their blog name or Twitter handle rather than their actual name, and the list goes on. It’s a weird world!
- It’s Upcoming Fall Books Preview time! Here are some of my favorite lists (other than my own): Parchment Girl, Southern Living Magazine, Novel Visits, Gilmore Guide to Books, and Buzzfeed.
How was your reading month?