July Wrap Up and August TBR

Sort Of…..

Hello.  Me again! today with an update on what I read and a change in plans for August.  If you recall, last month I put up a list of what I may be reading in August.  Here is the post.  Yeah, well, that’s not happening.  Hang on, it’s not all bad news.  I plan on reading stuff, just not that stuff.

So, in July I managed to read 4 books.  Here are some of the reviews:

It was a good reading month.  I hope to be able to repeat it this month.  As of right now I’m on track but … knowing me…. it’s all dependent on my day to day job and how busy my weekends are.

Last week I gave myself a goal of completing at least 5 of the Man Booker Prize long listed books (here is the post)  Interesting thing… I went to Barnes and Noble (my town doesn’t have any independent book sellers and could not find any of the books I chose.  I was extremely disappointed but decided to start reading this past weekend and started with Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.  I’m absolutely loving it and basically read it the entire weekend.  I have about 100 pages left to read and can’t wait for the work day to be over so I can finish it.


Before my brilliant idea of getting hooked on the Man Booker Prize Long List, I had started reading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.  This is a part of my “I must read more classics.” It’s on a bit of a hold right now since Exit West is demanding quite a lot of my attention but I am really enjoying the humor and sassiness of Catherine Moreland and Henry Tilney.


Before all the craziness of Northanger Abbey and Exit West I had started reading my Book of the Month pick:  The Windfall, by Diksha Basu.  I am feeling really bad for this one.  It’s not a bad book.  It’s funny and very much a Summer type of book.  It deals with wealth and friendships.  I think very timely and important topics…… I’m just not feeling it right now, so it’s on hold.  I do want to get back to it…. maybe in August I’ll finish it.


Yesterday I commuted to the office so I downloaded an audio book.  I’m sure you’ve read all about how difficult it is for me to listen to books as I always find that I get distracted and can get myself to focus on the story.  I read an article recently about how to listen to audio books and the author recommended listening to non-fiction since you don’t have to fully be present and if you get distracted when you come back it’s not like you have missed the plot or something like that so it’s easier to pull yourself back up.

Anyway, all this to say that I am currently listening to Rediscovering Americanism by Mark R. Levin and narrated by Jeremy Lowell.  I have about 3 hours left on this one and I will probably finish it tomorrow.

So, my August Update?  Well, expect that I will finish at least Exit West, Northanger Abbey and the audio book Rediscovering Americanism.  Expect to see reviews for those, at least.  Then I’m thinking I will need to pick up another one of the Man Booker Prize Long listed but I’m not sure which one.  I really want to read Paul Auster but that one is so long, I’m not sure Summer is the best time to get to that one.  Perhaps Ali Smith or George Saunders.

What I will do next is a mystery, even to me.




25 Bookish Facts About me


I thought this would be a great way to break the ice.  Why an I blogging about books, who am I?  Do you care — well if you don’t maybe this blog post isn’t for you.

I saw this tag on YouTube and thought it would be fun to post…. let’s just say I don’t have a review this week and I need content…. fine you caught me!

  1.  I’ve always loved reading.  As a kid, I used to stay up past my bed time, under the covers, with a flashlight, because I just had to finish the book I was reading;
  2. I feel really behind on American Classics since I was not born in the US.  I am trying to catch up now;
  3. I sometimes write in my books – always in pencil but I find that I need to make notes in order to remember important and sometimes not so important passages for my reviews;
  4. I don’t use reading as an escape.  More of a “day at the spa;”
  5. Sometimes I buy books because they look pretty;
  6. When undecided about a book I open it up to a random page and read a few pages to see if I want to buy it.  It doesn’t always work;
  7. I love that I can get samples of books before buying them; One of the best things about e-books.
  8. I can’t sit and listen to an audio book.  The voice always puts me to sleep.  So, unlike many people who tend to listen to books while commuting to and from work, I am not able to do that because I just fall asleep;
  9. I’m still waiting to buy my bookshelves.  My books have been in boxes for the past 3 years since we moved to this new house;
  10. The first book I read in English was “Go Ask Alice.”  It’s about a young girl in the world of drugs.  I remember really liking it and re-reading it over and over again.  I was so proud of myself when I was able to read it without the dictionary;
  11. The best length for a book is between 300 to 400 pages;
  12. I’ve been thinking of writing a book since high school;
  13. I used to write little illustrated books in primary school when I lived in Portugal and I can’t draw to save my life but I thought these were the best;
  14. No one else in my family likes to read.  Sometimes that feels so lonely;
  15. My competitive nature makes it difficult to watch too many booktube videos….. How do they read so much?
  16. I don’t understand the fascination with Young Adult books;
  17. I’m never sure what to do with a dust cover.  Do I remove it or do I leave it;
  18. It’s so annoying when the cover keeps moving around;
  19. I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books;
  20. Because I don’t want to!
  21. I never remember the names of authors.  Even if I love the book;
  22. I don’t understand people that can’t DNF a book.  If you don’t like it, put it down and move on to the next one… unless it’s your job to review the book;
  23. Readathons make me crazy.  It’s too much pressure;
  24. Anna Kereninna has been a challenge for me for the past 3 years.  I still didn’t read it and it’s still sitting on my TBR staring at me.  Even my best friend makes fun of me every year; and
  25. I think schools should concentrate more on reading and less on sports.

I hope you enjoyed this little bit about me.  It wasn’t easy to think about 25 things book related about me.