Reading Wrap-Up and Library Checkout: September 2016


I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with my reading once school started, but I’ve been determined to keep carving out as much time as possible and I’m pretty pleased at finishing six books this month (especially with The Nix inching close to 700 pages long). I haven’t had a moment to properly review any of these (yet!), but finally joining Litsy has been great for quick thoughts if you’re interested in seeing them. On the downside, I don’t have as much time to visit as many other blogs as I’d like, but I’m trying my best to pop in as much as possible.


We Gon’ Be Alright by Jeff Chang
The Nix by Nathan Hill
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Best Book of the Month

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Listening To

I made a breakthrough with audiobooks this month thanks to a big crunch in my reading time. I’m still learning what works best, but starting to appreciate them. I can’t completely let go of my podcasts, though. I even shared a whole post with my favorites earlier this month.


We’ve been working our way through Parks & Rec (for the first time!) and loving it. Wishing we did this sooner, of course. We’re also really into Halt and Catch Fire, which we had to catch up on after missing last season, and the new show Atlanta. Super excited that we’re getting close to good movie season and we kicked that off by seeing The Hunt for the Wilderpeople last weekend. It was adorable.

Looking Forward To

So, I’m seeing this little thing called Hamilton on October 19th. All I had to do was buy tickets a year in advance and resist the (very serious) urge to sell them for a (ridiculous) profit. We’re spending about four days in New York City, so it will be a fabulous little much needed trip and I can’t wait. On the school front, a classmate and I are submitting my first proposal to present a poster at a conference in the Spring and it looks like things are actually rolling right along.

Library Checkout

We’re running low on days this month, so I’m going to add in Library Checkout here. All but two of my books (We Gon’ Be Alright and The Mothers) this month were library books! Sadly, I ended up returning a bunch back unread. I still have a pretty big hold list, but I’ve suspended a bunch of them and hope I can space some things out a bit this time around.

Returned Unread

Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson
Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch
After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld
The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward

On Hold

Enough Said by Mark Thompson
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge (publishes October 4th)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (publishes November 15th)
They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery (publishes November 15th)
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg (publishes October 4th)
You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris (publishes October 25th)

I’d love to hear about your month!

  • Have fun at Hamilton!

  • That’s awesome you got tickets to Hamilton! Enjoy NYC!

    And I like how you combined Library Checkout & Monthly Wrap-Up…I probably should have done that. Next time…

  • Kailana

    I think I am going to have to read The Mothers. Have fun at Hamilton!

  • That’s so exciting about Hamilton! And yay for Parks & Rec- oh, to be able to watch Parks & Rec again like it was the first time : )

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  • Rebecca Foster

    I can’t get enough of Parks & Rec! Excited for you about the NYC trip and the conference. I’ve started the new Zadie Smith and it’s good so far, fairly reminiscent of White Teeth. You reminded me I wanted to find the new Herman Koch…

    • I still haven’t read Zadie Smith, so I’m excited for this one to be my first.

      • Rebecca Foster

        Oh gosh! You must read #1 On Beauty and #2 White Teeth.

  • Amanda

    Yay for Hamilton and a getaway! Enjoy yourself! I cannot wait to read RBG!

  • I hope you have fun in New York! I’d love to go there someday.

  • I wasn’t sure that I was going to enjoy Dear Mr M when I started it but I’m loving it.

    HAMILTON! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH So excited for you. Please provide a full report.

    Parks and Rec is a show I keep meaning to watch. Have been bingeing The Americans though and it’s been so great. S4 just showed up on iTunes so I think we’re going to push on. I want to watch all the TV and then read all the books.

    • I watched the first season of the Americans but totally need to go back and watch the rest – I’ve heard it’s fantastic.

  • Ceillie Simkiss

    I also returned so many books unread this month – it broke my heart a little bit. I hope you have a wonderful time in New York seeing Hamilton!

  • You’re going to NYC AND seeing Hamilton?! How exciting!

    I cannot believe you are just now discovering Parks & Rec! You are the Leslie Knope of energy and creativity.

    I know I said I was enjoying The Lesser Bohemians, but I stalled on it. Her style is still some of the most inventive I’ve ever read, but it took so much energy to stay focused and the plot did not hold my attention.

  • Hamilton! How amazing! I wish I still lived in New York so we could get lunch while you’re on your visit — but four days isn’t very long, so I expect you’ve filled up all your days and hours. That sounds theeeee greatest.

  • Good going finishing that many books with school going on. Sounds like your NYC trip will be a blast! Enjoy. I really enjoyed the thriller Underground Airlines in Sept. Pretty good!

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  • I was late to it too (caught up while the penultimate season was airing) but I LOOOVE Parks & Rec.

  • Ooh, I’m excited you’re reading Ari and Dante! I’m completely on board with the hype on that one.