Books

Monthly Review – August 2017

I could not be more delighted with August. Rat Queens is back y’all! And I indulged!

42. Rat Queens 2017, Issue 1 by Kurtis Wiebe
43. Rat Queens 2017, Issue 2 by Kurtis Wiebe
44. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
45. Rat Queens 2017, Issue 3 by Kurtis Wiebe
46. Rat Queens 2017, Issue 4 by Kurtis Wiebe
47. American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse
48. The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future by Joselin Linder, read by Khristine Hvam

My other books were great. See What I Have Done, an imaging of what happened before, during, and after the Borden killings was fascinating. American Fire was just the way I like my nonfiction; it felt like reading a novel. And The Family Gene could not have been more interesting. Here’s hoping September is just as readerly awesome!

Books

Bout of Books 20!

Day 1

Introduce Yourself #insixwords?

Cat-loving mother addicted to books

Monday started off slooooowly on the books front. I was off all last week to move to our new house and I came back to a shovel slap to the face full of work. The few times I had a minute to start an audiobook left me distracted and not really “clicking” with the story. Finally, around 4:30, a book clicked. I started The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future by Joselin Linder and it took me so completely captivated hat I’d finished 20% of it by the time I got home.

After I got home and got everything settled to where I could sit down and read, I found that my iPad was dead. Since I had intended to read some more of I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, my reading ground to a halt. Now that I am about to go to bed however, I think I’ll listen to some more of The Family Gene because goodness gracious it is fascinating.

Day 2

Synopsis rewrite?

This sounds like a fun challenge. I’ll come back to it when I have time to write one!

Tuesday was busy. I’m still catching up on projects at work. I had lots of jobs to do. Luckily, many were “thoughtless” so I could listen to my book. Y’all, I ALMOST finished The Family Gene today. I went to bed Monday night with 25% finished. I would have finished if fatigue hadn’t gotten the better of me. I think I’ll finish on the way to work.

Which means I’m in the market for another audiobook!

Day 3

Book Spine Rainbow – I wish I had time to find enough books to do this! I haven’t unpacked very many yet! 😦

OMG is it controversial to say that about any book? Because I can think of a few books that I enjoyed much more in audio.

Diego Velazquez Online

Anywho, I found my next audio today! I seem to be really into them lately. After trying out a couple, I settled down with The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller’s Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming. Diego Velázquez (1599–1660) was the official painter of the Madrid court, during the time the Spanish Empire teetered on the edge of collapse. I don’t believe I have ever heard of him, but I looked him up after starting this book and wow. His work was incredible.

This is Velázquez’s Portrait of the Infanta Margarita Teresa of Spain, 1655.
This book is about Diego Velázquez, but also about art collectors and the world they revolve in. So very interesting. I’d say more, but I haven’t gotten very far into it yet.

Day 7

I knew this would happen! The second half of the week just got too busy. That isn’t to say I haven’t been reading. More like I was too busy to hop on here and update this post. Ah, c’est la vie. I’m going to do a proper update on my reading in my Currently post today, but I will say here, while I wish my reading week and gone better, I still had a blast!

Books

Monthly Review – May 2017

Hi there! Sorry, I didn’t mean to disappear. Daughter lost my Chromebook charger, which basically meant blogging life ground to a halt. And here I was, excited to do a month in review!

24. George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger, read by Brian Kilmeade
25. A Separation by Katie Kitamura, read by Katherine Waterston
26. The Summer Book by Tove Janssen
27. Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
28. House of Names by Colm Toíbín, read by Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson, and Pippa Nixon
29. Giant Days, Issue 26 by John Allison
30. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

May was, without a doubt, my best reading month in 2017 (so far, I hope!). I read 6 books and all of them were great. Min Jin Lee knocked it out of the park with Pachinko (it may be my favorite book of the year) (I know it’s early to say that) (I don’t care), The Summer Book was every bit as charming as I thought it would be, House of Names was an unexpected (and enjoyable) return to historical fiction, which I used to adore but haven’t read much of in years, and Fredrik Backman just NEVER disappoints me. Bear Town was no exception. All in all, a great month. Here’s hoping June is just as fantastic!

Other activities in May include wrapping up my class Books and Images at my alma mater. It was so fun and I learned a lot about making books. I also started watching Community with my daughter and it is just hilarious. Donald Glover slays me. And I watched the movie Bad Moms with Mila Kunis and it made me feel a little better about myself. Some days I need all the help I can get!

How was your reading in May? Any standouts I need to know about?