Just a couple days into September, and it’s already starting to feel like autumn in my corner of New England! Looking back on August, it was probably my best month of the year. The warm weather made it possible to socialize with friends IN PERSON (outdoors and distancing, but still!), and to go kayaking TWICE. I also got to have some nice virtual hangouts, including a Zoom pickling sesh with my little sibling and a couple lovely video chats with Melanie at Grab The Lapels! And while I didn’t achieve all of my reading goals (which were unrealistic to begin with), August was still a great reading month: I finished 7 books and rated most of them 4-stars or higher.
- Difficult Women by Roxane Gay – DNF
- How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang – 3.5 stars out of 5
- I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong – 3 stars out of 5
- Real Life by Brandon Taylor – 4.5 stars out of 5
- Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga – 4 stars out of 5
- The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi – 4 stars out of 5
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo – 5 stars out of 5
- The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison – 4 stars out of 5
Books in progress/September TBR:
Honestly, I have no business setting a reading goal of 10 books for September…and yet…here we are. This month’s reads are primarily inspired by the Booker prize longlist, books that I think would work well as audiobooks on my commute to work, and a fun read-along that Melanie at Grab The Lapels is hosting.
- Bright Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich. I’ve been interested in this book for so long, yet never seem to prioritize it. I even incorporated it into my June reading plan, and still didn’t read it! But now I’m FINALLY reading this and really enjoying it so far!
- Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday. For Melanie’s read-along! A romance novel set in the tiny town of Matchmaker Bay, this seems like the book we need in 2020. There’s still time to join and read along if you’re interested!
- Chemistry by Weike Wang. This has also been on my TBR for a while! I started it yesterday and find it incredibly moving so far!
- We Want Our Bodies Back by Jessica Care Moore. I wanted to read this in August, but fell a bit behind on reading. Very excited to get to this in September.
- The Book of Not by Tsitsi Dangarembga. Last month I read and enjoyed Nervous Conditions, so I’m really looking forward to the sequel!
- Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A short feminist manifesto by an incredible writer? Sounds like a powerful and necessary read!
- Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. This was my September BOTM pick! I checked BOTM literally just a couple hours after TBRing this book, and it was such a pleasant coincidence.
- Apeirogon by Colum McCann. This Booker longlisted novel seems like it will either be hit or miss for me…so hopefully it is a hit!
- Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward. Another Booker title. This is one of my most highly anticipated Booker reads, but I’m trying to keep my expectations in check so I don’t overhype it.
- Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall. This seems like it will be a great follow-up to So You Want to Talk About Race (which had one chapter about intersectional blindspots of feminist and progressive movements).
Some posts I really enjoyed:
- All of Callum’s coverage of Women-In-Translation month! Probably like two-thirds of the translated lit on my TBR is based on Callum’s reviews.
- Fatma’s BookTuber recommendations. This curated list was super helpful for me because I don’t do BookTube and previously had no idea where to begin.
- Ashley’s post explaining “the window of tolerance.” This helped me to understand some of my and my loved ones’ different reactions to stress.
- These mini-reviews of An American Marriage and The Mothers by Gil.