Reading Wrap-Up: August 2016


This end of this month brought some BIG changes, but I managed to squeeze in a nice list of books before diving into school full time. I’m sure you’ve all heard the talk about Colson Whitehead’s new novel, but I thought it totally lived up to the hype and it ended up being the best book I read in August.


The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Becoming Unbecoming by Una
One of Us by Asne Seierstad
The Art of Waiting by Belle Boggs
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
Mischling by Affinity Konar
Emotional Agility by Susan A. David
The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam

Best Book of the Month

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Listening To

I’ve been listening to Keeping It 1600 for a while now, but I really started to appreciate it this month. Their unapologetic, curse-filled opinions are such a breath of fresh air, especially at the end of long weeks with short news cycles. I’m also loving Sooo Many White Guys, especially the most recent episode with Roxane Gay.


Netflix is killing it lately and it’s now my personal crusade to make everyone give The Get Down a shot. The first six episodes are up now, with six more to come soon and I’m all swoony. Though I’m an admitted Baz Luhrmann fan to start, I think this can win over people who don’t typically like him (if you can get through the very long, very Baz-y first episode). It’s just so fun, so campy, and so much the perfect summer show.

Looking Forward To

I’m definitely ready to settle into some sort of routine (or something close to a routine) with school and figure out what everything will be like when it comes to time. I just finished putting due dates for two of my three classes into my planner and feel a little overwhelmed, so I’m hoping I can keep up here as much as possible, but there may be a bit of a slow down. I hope you’ll hang on with me!

How was everything in August?

  • I heard David Plotz sing The Get Down’s praises on the last Gabfest, and Jai and I have been curious ever since. We’re both pretty unashamed Baz fans, so I think we’ll probably love it.

    Speaking of political podcasts, I’ve also enjoyed adding Keepin’ It 1600 to my repertoire. Their inside baseball chats can be pretty illuminating.

    We’re such twins about wanting to establish routines. You will before you know it, and I hope it will be great!

  • I’ve been listening to Keepin’ it 1600 as well (I’m a huge fan of most all of The Ringer’s podcasts)…it’s a good one!
    Glad you got some good reading in before school starts and hope the first couple weeks goes well!

  • I still haven’t watched The Get Down, but now that the babe is going down earlier and easier at night, I’m hoping to get to it soon! Good luck with school, and I’m sure you’ll fall into some kind of rhythm. Sometimes blogging has to take the back burner. At the end of the day, it’s a hobby, and we’ll all still be here touching base and checking in when you can and when we can :)

    • Yeah, I’m definitely expecting blogging to take a backseat for a little, but I’m hoping it will still get some action :)

  • Lots of good titles. I also read The Summer That Melted Everything. It was alright for a debut, but often weird and confusing. I think I gave it a 3 out of 5….
    Happy September!

    • It was about the same for me, I just wasn’t thrilled with the way the plot played out, though I really liked the writing.

  • I might have missed it before, but what did you think of Mischling?
    Good luck settling into your new routine!

  • Oooh what did you think of Emotional Agility? I just started it, but I’m liking it so far.

    • It was good! I don’t think any of it was necessarily mindblowing, but it was packaged in a really readable, easy to relate with way.

  • Ceillie Simkiss

    I got The Underground Railroad from the library (and was supposed to return it today…) but I haven’t had a chance to read it because of ARC August. It’s on the list, though!

  • I think I read 9 books in August, but not as impressive as all you’ve done. I feel like I really need to read The Underground Railroad. For some reason I just keep pushing it back. I started back to school (teaching ) this week, too and am so missing all my free summer reading days! Have a great year!

  • THERE IS A TV SHOW RUN BY BAZ LUHRMAN!? Sorry for the shouting but that is super exciting – I am also a mega fan of his. I was unaware of the show so you can mark down at least one person who has been won over by your crusade.

  • Pssh, I did not need to be talked into The Get-Down. I was in on The Get-Down practically before I knew anything about it — Baz Luhrman and music was enough to win me over. Good to know that the first episode drags a little, I’ll be prepared!

    Whiskey Jenny and I are planning to read The Underground Railroad for podcast later this month or early next, and I’m reeeeeally much anticipating it. Looks wonderful.

  • Kailana

    Okay, I really had no idea what The Get Down was… I live under a rock. I love Baz Luhrman! I am so excited right now. lol

  • Bryan G. Robinson

    The Get Down was very good. A bit of a slow start after the first episode, but then it picked up and finished well, I thought. Definitely a summer watch. I’ve heard lots of good things about The Underground Railroad, but I doubt I’ll read because I won’t lie I’m pretty much a one-genre reader (crime fiction). I try to go outside but doesn’t always work well or as well as I like. In August for me, everything was pretty good as I read six books and almost finished a seventh. I finished it yesterday. That was my favorite of the month (I still count it for August): Forever Rumpole, a collection of short stories, by John Mortimer about his character, Horace Rumpole, a barrister in London.

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  • lulu_bella

    I’ve been saving The Get Down for a time when I need something really good, especially after I saw how much you love it!