September 2015

Reading Wrap-Up: September 2015

September 2015

You’ve all heard me lament about house, school and GRE stuff in my Monday posts this month, so we’ll keep that to a minimum here. September reading was…slow. My mind has just been too stuck on other things, so despite my best efforts (and pretty good books), I wasn’t drawn to read the way I usually am.


A Hanging at Cinder Bottom by Glenn Taylor
Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman
Negroland by Margo Jefferson
Black Earth by Timothy Snyder
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Best Book of the Month

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Listening To

The Hamilton Cast Recording, pretty much non-stop. Everyone who has been going on about it is totally right. If you nerd out over history and/or musicals, you need to run to it immediately.


My husband and I finished up Deadwood a few weeks ago (yes, we’re a wee bit late on that one), then re-watched the amazing first season of The Knick. Now we’re in a bit of a lull until all the Fall shows start back up this weekend, so we’ve watched a few movies like Force Majeure and Dear White People.

Looking Forward To

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, which is coming up on October 17th. The Readathon falls the weekend after my GRE test, just like Shaina, so I’m planning to celebrate with a pile of books and junkfood.

How was your September? 


  • I’m so curious to hear your thoughts on Fates & Furies…will you be saving them for Socratic Salon or writing your own review? And – such great timing for you and Shaina! I’d planned to participate in Readathon for the first time, but realized it fell on the same day as our town’s big Halloween parade for the kids, which is my favorite activity of the year. So, parade wins this time around. Hope to participate in the next one.

    • I think I’ll probably be waiting for Socratic Salon to talk about Fates and Furies – reviews are pretty hard to put together right now, I’m not sure I’d do it justice in that format!

  • Elena

    For a so-called “slow” reading, you’ve read a lot! I also wanted to ask you, I remember you read “The Birth of the Pill” – and I would look up your review, only I don’t want any spoilers! – do you think I would enjoy it? To be sincere, I am just back on it, after a love-hate relationship for years, and I thought the book could help…

    • I really enjoyed The Birth of The Pill. It’s much more a history of the people who invented it and the paths they took to get it out there than anything else.

  • Oh, my gosh!! How is it already time for the Readathon again??? I’ve totally lost track; this year has gone by way too quickly. Thanks for the reminder; I need to start planning! Also, since I’ve mentioned it on the blog today, is the Library Checkout linkup for October planned for the last weekend of the month? Hope you have a great weekend, Shannon.

  • It’s awesome that the Readathon is right after the GRE for you! I will be out of town that weekend so I don’t think I’m participating this time around, and I’m a bit bummed!

    • I’m really hoping something doesn’t pop up Readathon weekend for me, too, it’s always something to look forward to!

  • Mm, and then I got a huge shit-eating grin on my face because I get psyched every time I hear someone talk about loving the Hamilton cast recording. Isn’t it the BEST? I have listened to it pretty much every day since it showed up on NPR First Listen. <3

  • Any word on Black Earth? Was it scorched? Best wishes on the GRE. Does one have to take it again if they already have a masters? Seems redundant eh?

    • Black Earth was a long, dense read, but very interesting. I’d say if you’re a history buff, give it a shot, otherwise it might just feel overlong.
      Having to take the test again (after earning a Master’s) does seem quite redundant…I *so* wish I could weasel my way out of it.