Good day, relentless readers! July is coming to a close, and I’m here to wrap it up. Things have been incredibly… incredible? Smarter people than I have written commentary on the times, and I encourage you to seek them out. As for myself, I’m doing some personal work, having important (sometimes uncomfortable) conversations, and trying to put my money where my mouth is (sometimes literal money, but not always). Every bookish person I know has purchased books on combating racism. I do hope that we do the work that those books suggest. Let’s remember that this isn’t a bookstagram trend. Citizens are hurting and need our help. Check in on your people. Hold your other people to a higher standard. Remember to take care of yourself as well.
Now, for the books! Here’s what I read in July:
Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (This was not #OwnVoices which was a disappointment. I’ll be more careful in the future.)
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Skincare: The Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide by Caroline Hirons
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Let’s get nostalgic and read a childhood favorite! How I wish I hadn’t because it was not good. Fat jokes, anyone?)
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (This will be a new obsession I’m quite sure.)
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear
For anyone keeping track that’s 8 fiction and 4 non-fiction. I’m pleased with the reading I did this month. Once again most of my books are audio. I’ve learned a bit about my learning styles, and I’m an auditory gal. I am much more likely to remember things if I’ve heard them. It only took me 40-some years to figure that out!
I hope your July was smashing, I’d love to hear about it. As always, WEAR A MASK!
7 thoughts on “Reading Wrap-Up – July 2020”
Wow, that’s an amazing reading month! Wasn’t the Indigenous People’s History superb? I’ve read one other of the books in that series — the Black Women’s History of the United States — and it was also excellent. I have so much respect for what Beacon Press is doing, they’re amazing.
YES it was! I’m going to get my hands of the rest of that series ASAP
Although the days seem long, the weeks fly by as do the months so July is but a blip. Reading has been good though. I just started the new Coben book, The Boy from the Woods.
Summer always zips by! Ooh, hope you enjoy the Coben! Thanks bunches for stopping by.
I had to read The Ten Thousand Doors of January for bookclub earlier this year and I’m still angry about that
I didn’t realize for quite a bit, and it felt a little sneaky even? I felt like I was a bit bamboozled on purpose. Hmph.