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
Monogamy by Sue Miller
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
Weather by Jenny Offill
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!
We’ve arrived at another weekend. Here in Wisconsin it’ll be another steamy one. Thank goddess for air conditioning and icy cold cocktails. (Made in the safety of my own kitchen because I’m not a selfish boob who hangs out in bars during a global pandemic, thank you very much!)
Here’s what has been happening in my neck of the woods –
Eating: I baked a lovely garlic parmesan salmon last night. Tonight I’ll turn the leftovers into a crust-less salmon quiche. I’m trying to steer clear of carbs. It’s the smart thing to do when one has PCOS. Also, I ordered some sugar free caramels from Tom & Jenny’s because I love myself.
Listening: My current audiobook is Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Reading books that challenge and inform is my jam. I’m not sure how I made it through all of my 46 years without reading this particular book. I’m remedying that now.
I’m on the hunt for a fun podcast, so if you have any recommendations drop them in the comments please!
Watching: Last Tango in Halifax is the latest British comedy/drama series to steal my heart. Hooray for Netflix!
Other Stuff: We are getting closer and closer to a lifelong dream of ours. I want to talk about it here, but I’m afraid I’ll jinx the process! Hmm, let’s just say that it rhymes with… MAKE BROPERTY?
I hope you all have a weekend to write home about. Read a lovely book, take a long walk, stay socially distant, and wear a mask!