Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What I Read in August

A lot has gone on in my life since late July and through the month of August.  The biggest thing was a trip to Chicago with my sister-in-law and the kids to help them while they moved.  I flew to Little Rock and drove the eleven hours to the Chicago area with Elisabeth, George, and Gemma, and then stayed for a few days to help move.  It worked out perfectly with my two week break between semesters.  The other big thing that's happened personally has been my new obsession with yoga.  My friend Andrea at We Still Read inspired me and I've been practicing every day since the end of July.  I've got a lot to say about it and the way it's impacted my body image, but I'm going to save it all for a big post another day.

Just this last weekend we made a day trip to the Atlanta area for Decatur Book Festival.  It was, as always, ridiculously hot and humid.  LJ and my friend Stephanie from book club joined me this year.

Beginning of the day.  Note the relatively non-red faces and my excitement at seeing Stephanie Perkins.

LJ, being my book sherpa.

This was after the two hour line for Stephanie Perkins.  In the direct sun.  In the middle of the day.  Needless to say, we were completely through after waiting in that line.  We made a lunch stop, ran by Little Shop of Stories, and Pinkberry and then went home.  Good times, but I'm way too old to spend that long standing in the sun.

What I Read:

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
That Night by Chevy Stevens
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
The Three by Sarah Lotz
The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne
Y: The Last Man, Volumes 7-10
The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Romeo and Juliet
Ghosting by Edith Pattou
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
The Bird Box by Josh Malerman
The Principles of Uncertainty by Maria Kalman
What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund
Rocket Girl, Volume 1 by Brandon Montclare
Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Flings by Justin Taylor
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith

So, yes, it was an amazing reading month for me.  Having two weeks off for the break between semesters really helped.  I've decided to go for 175 books this year instead of 135 as I had planned.

 What did you read in August?

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