The Sunday Salon: ‘bye, July

The Sunday Salon

And just like that, it’s August already.

We were invited to a wedding celebration yesterday at the home of some new friends of ours here in Pittsburgh. She’s a writer and a recovering academic, and their new home is filled with books. Each room is a library unto itself. My Girl promptly settled into an oversized chair and picked up where she’d left off in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Turns out, she only had a few pages – so when she was finished, she simply replaced #4 on the massive shelves and picked up Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

She’s such a mini-me. I can probably count on one hand the number of parties I went to at my parents’ friends’ homes, but I remember doing the same exact thing.

History of the RainI’m starting August with one of The Man Booker Prize longlist books for 2014, History of the Rain by Niall Williams. I had this out from the library before the longlist was announced, so I was pleasantly surprised about that.

This is one of those books that I nearly abandoned. Mind you, I’m only on page 78 … but for me, this didn’t start picking up steam until about a dozen pages or so. I just didn’t see where this was going. Now, I’m intrigued. And the references to all the books … to me, History of the Rain is what The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (which I really didn’t like) could have been.

I’m still listening to Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. This is a long audio book at 17 hours. I’m guessing it will probably take most of this week for me to finish this one.

I ended July with having read 8 books, making it one of my better months for reading. Links take you to my reviews.

French Lessons, by Ellen Sussman (audio)
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir, by Paul Monette
Woolgathering, by Patti Smith
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain (audio)
Devotion: A Memoir, by Dani Shapiro
Slow Motion: A True Story, by Dani Shapiro 
A Prayer Journal, by Flannery O’Connor
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath (audio)

As of July 31, I’ve read 41 books this year, with 14 of those being audiobooks. My goal is 75 books total by the end of the year, so I’m pleased with where I’m at.  I’ve read more female authors (29) than male (11), which is typical for me.

Of the books I’ve read, 14 were memoirs; 11 were fiction; seven were nonfiction; three were short story collections and three were poetry. The other two were historical fiction.

How about you? How’s your August so far, reading or otherwise?

 

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