5 Months. 40 Books.

As previously discussed, the last five months have rough. Turns out when things get rough, I bury my head in a book. I read. A lot. Let’s catch up, shall we?

  1. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell. Because I love Sarah Vowell AND, on the audiobook, Nick Offerman plays George Washington.
  2. Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess by Rachel Hoffman. Because my apartment was a mess.
  3. Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed by Paula Rizzo. Because I love lists! And putting books about lists on a list! But seriously, this book wasn’t good.
  4. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae. Because I’m really into listening to audiobooks about funny ladies from the internets.
  5. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. Because we lost her, and I’d never read any of her books.
  6. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight. Because self-help is always improved by a healthy dose of swearing.
  7. Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson. Because Bill Bryson should write all popular history books.
  8. I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years by Bill Bryson. Because I was clearly on a Bill Bryson kick. Have I mentioned how much I love him as a reader of his own audiobooks? Only like thirty times? Oh.
  9. The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson. Because I was REALLY on a kick. He reaches peak curmudgeon in this book, and it was even too much for cranky old me.
  10. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Because my book club wanted a tome. This book is completely ridiculous and so much fun.
  11. The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Because one of my book friends and work sent it to me. A completely bonkers, funny book about resegregation!
  12. Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers by Simon Winchester. Because the Bryson kick set me off on a pop history kick. Man, I loved this book.
  13. All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg. Because Book of the Month Club. Plus I like books with unlikable lady protagonists.
  14. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley. Because comics about food. What’s not to like?
  15. The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn’t by Gail Carriger. Because I wanted a bit of fluff.
  16. STUFFology 101: Get Your Mind Out of the Clutter by Brenda Avadian and Eric M. Riddle. Cuz… honestly, I don’t know. This book was bad and way to enamored of its terrible pun. It did count for a Popsugar Challenge task though!
  17. Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms & a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester. Because I needed a follow-up to Winchester’s Pacific. I may be partial because it’s the ocean I see nearly every day, but Pacific was by far the superior book.
  18. Tenth of December by George Saunders. Because I am still trying to break through my short story phobia.
  19. Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do by Sarah Knight. Because vulgar self-help books is my new favorite micro-genre.
  20.  The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker by Janet Groth. Because I’m slowly but surely working through my physical TBR shelf.
  21. Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders by Brady Carlson. Because I was still on my pop history kick. So much fun.

  22. Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster. Because steampunk paranormal romance is my jam.
  23. The Clancys of Queens by Tara Clancy. Because I was out of audiobooks. I’m still a bit ambivalent about memoirs in general, but I ended up kind of loving this book.
  24. Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie. Because it’s been on my TBR forever, and it satisfied a Popsugar challenge task (read about immigrants). Vaguely disappointing.
  25. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. Same reasons as Americanah (except the immigrant part). Not disappointing at all.
  26. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Because I wanted to do a re-read before watching the show.
  27. The Thing About Love by Julie James. Because new Julie James!! I’m not really a contemporary romance reader, but I love Julie James.
  28. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Because it satisfied a Popsugar challenge task. When I was a child and obsessed with these books, I somehow missed that this book is basically just about doing chores.
  29. Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. Because I am devouring audiobooks these days, and historical romance is one of the few types of fiction I can do on audiobook.
  30. Summer by Edith Wharton. Because of the Popsugar challenge again.
  31. How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly’s Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life by Heather Havrilesky. Because more self-help.
  32. Black Wave by Michelle Tea. Because it’s an apocalypse book set in California. Turns out it’s also a whole lot more. This book was freaking weird, but I really loved it.
  33. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene. Because one of the Popsugar challenge tasks is to read a espionage thriller, a genre I have zero interest in, so why not pick a book about a guy only pretending to be a spy.
  34. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. Because Margaret Atwood wrote the Iliad from Penelope’s perspective. Do I need another reason?
  35. The Secrets of Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn. Because apparently I wanted to read a book where a piece of garbage romantic hero coerces and manipulates a dishwater dull heroine. Ugh. This book.
  36. Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong. Because of book club. This was not my book.
  37. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. Because of Popsugar, again. I liked it, for a mystery. Seriously, mysteries are one of my biggest reading blindspots.
  38. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Because my classics book club was feeling ambitious! While I’m pretty sure I’m not smart enough for this book, I found it surprisingly enjoyable.
  39. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby. Because, again, funny ladies of the internet. Really liked this one.
  40. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Because somehow I managed to be a bookish kid and never read this book.

Oof. That took forever. Should teach me not to fall behind on review writing!

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