August Reading Wrap-Up


It’s starting to look like twelve books a month is pretty standard for me, huh? I’m finally getting settled into the new jobs, which I’m loving, but keeping track of where I’m supposed to be and what I’m meant to be doing is much trickier than my old 8-4. Things should settle down soon, but I totally had to bust out a paper planner to get everything straight.

Reading-wise, August was filled with books that were really good but nothing mind-blowingly great. I suppose it’s better than crap-tastic July.


How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel by Anya Ulinich

Never Mind Miss Fox by Olivia Glazebrook

I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Baby-sitters’ Summer Vacation by Ann M. Martin

My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Best Book of the Month

Dataclysm by Christian Rudder


I’m totally looking forward to September, though, both for the stacks of books headed our way and all of the amazing events. I’m planning on taking part in the More Diverse Universe (#Diversiverse) reading challenge as well as giving R.I.P. IX a shot for the first time. PLUS, I just registered for the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA) trade show in Norfolk, VA, which is scheduled for September 19-21st, and I’m quite excited for that.

How was your August reading?


  • Bookmammal

    Stopping by from Steadfast Reader–I absolutely LOVED The Book of Unknown Americans–it’ll probably end up on my Top 10 list at the end of the year. The Children Act is on my TBR list and I just picked up We Are Not Ourselves from the library yesterday–can’t wait to dig into that one!

  • That’s an impressive stack of books for September! I have We Are Not Ourselves as an ARC I won in a giveaway, but haven’t gotten to it yet. I usually read Ian McEwan’s novels right away, but got behind with Sweet Tooth and still haven’t read that one!

  • Wow, what a great month! You’ll love RIP IX. It’s such a fun event.

  • This looks like a great stack of books! I’m just in awe that you manage 12 books a month. (For the record, people in my life are impressed with my avg 3–5/mo). I have my eye on We Are Not Ourselves and The Book of Unknown Americans from your list, and I had never heard of Dataclysm before—I will have to check it out!

    • I would highly recommend The Book of Unknown Americans and, even though I didn’t love it, everyone seems to be going crazy for We Are Not Ourselves.

  • Anita LeBeau

    It was a good month for you, eight – nine books is my average. This crappy August I had two books read! ugh
    I hope you love SIBA. I’ve been trying to go for years. When it returns to FL I’ll be going.
    I have great books for September too…happy reading.

  • I don’t know what the heck is happening (maybe I’m spending way too much time in bed) but for the second month in a row I’ve read 17 books! No graphic novels or kids stuff either. No explanation. My favorites are: The Miniaturist, The Children Act, Station Eleven, and Dear Committee Members.

  • Jennine G.

    It sucks when there isn’t a blow me away book, but definitely better than craptastic! Lol

  • AnnabelSmith

    12 books is awesome. I’ve been busting my chops getting my book ready for release and have only read 3 books :( Dataclysm sounds really interesting – and also scary – perhaps I do ‘t want to know what those horrible mega corps know about me!

  • Greg Hill

    Dataclysm certainly sounds interesting, I’m curious to see what some of their findings are. And I’m thinking of doing RIP IX as well- never participated before but it sounds like a lot of fun.

    • Dataclysm was fascinating…it’s possible I drove my husband nuts by constantly “facting” him with all of the information.

  • I had quite a slow August and although I finished 6 books I feel like I’ve barely read. Glad you’ve had a better month than July, a month of unenjoyable books has the risk of sending me into a slump.

    • Ugh, that was totally me at the end of July/beginning of this month. I hope you find something that picks you up a bit!

  • Nishita

    August was such a reading slump for me! I just managed four books, and even the ones I read, I don’t feel like I enjoyed them as much as I should have.

    Off topic, but wondering what plug-in you use for the tabbed widget you have on your sidebar – the one with the popular/latest/comments? I’d like to try something like this to reduce the length of my sidebar.

    • Sorry about the slump, I hope it picks up soon!
      The plugin is called “Popular Posts Tabbed Widget” – it definitely does help condense things a bit :)

  • Nice going! I’m averaging about 6-7 books a month and feel your challenge to squeeze in more with a new work schedule and responsibilities. I’ve added Dataclysm to my TBR list now and can’t believe I missed it for my September post of new reads! My faves for August were Bad Feminist and The Future For Curious People brought me out of a bit of a reading slump.

  • I’m glad the new job is going well. It seems we are no longer on Twitter at the same times, so I feel disconnected from you. And 12 book a month every month? That’s great. I think I average at about 8.

  • Twelve books a month ain’t too shabby! And it sounds like you’ve got an excellent September — I can’t wait to hear about the SIBA event!