I’m not sure what I did in July, but it certainly wasn’t reading or blogging. I read seven books this month, which sounds like a good amount, but a) I did a readathon this month and b) it’s been a grillion degrees outside, so I’ve been pretty much sitting in my air conditioned apartment as much as possible for a month. I’m in a funk.
What did I read?
- The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth. In which a charismatic but bigoted celebrity becomes President on a populist message of “America first” and absolutely nothing goes wrong (that last part was a lie)… I actually reviewed this one here!
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. A series of lovely vignettes about growing up poor and Latina in Chicago. Just beautiful.
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. I’m making my way through the audiobook version of all of the Sherlock Holmes books because I like being stupidly ambitious. I liked these stories more than I liked the first two books which were… problematic. More importantly, can we please talk about this?
- Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. I’m hoping to actually write a review of this one, but three things: a) RBG IS EVERYTHING, b) I nominate this for best meme turned book ever but would be curious to hear dissenters, and c) the book was really fun!
- The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton. For my classics book club. I haven’t read much Wharton, so it was nice to spend some time with one of her less known books. There is some serious lady anti-hero business going on here, which is always interesting to me. I’m hoping to review this one soon too.
- Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead. My first Colson Whitehead book, and I was profoundly underwhelmed. The man can write, but the book was just not my cup of tea.
- Imprudence by Gail Carriger. I am a complete Gail Carriger fangirl, so I hate to say this… I don’t love the Prudence books? I mean… they’re fine, really, they are. But compared to the Parasol Protectorate or Finishing School books, they’re just lacking… something.
Another example of the funk… I was SO excited to participate in the 24 in 48 readathon earlier this month. I was 100% in! I was telling all my friends and family about my plans, and they were all smiling and nodding at me while secretly thinking “what the hell is wrong with her?” The first day was great! I read nearly 12 hours, and through the magic of audiobooks, also managed to get a bunch of household chores done. I was on fire! And then it was Sunday, and for some reason, nope. No reading. All my books bored me. The only thing I wanted to do was nap and watch The Great British Baking Show. I think I managed to eek out another 4 hours to bring my total up to 16 for the weekend.
So, all that resulted in a sad 5 posts and only a single book review. I’m hoping to step is up in August – spending more time reading books I love and having the discipline to actually sit down and write about them.