01 September 2011

Last Month in Review: August 2011

Oh, summer, how I will miss you!  August always feels like the month of the last hurrah, doesn't it?  But this time around, at least, it was a pretty productive reading & listening month for me.

1. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.  Great novel, to which I give the "Least Expected to Love" award; review here

2. Pie Town by Lynne Hinton.  I guess I wanted this to be a cross between the movie Waitress and the book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.  Guess I was terribly wrong 'cause I could hardly get through it.

3. The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins (unabridged audio).  I wouldn't have ordinarily chosen to read this book, but a friend had the audio and let me borrow it.  Glad I listened, but it scares me to think about the high percentage of people worldwide who give no credence to evolution.

4.  The One and Only Stuey Lewis by Jane Schoenberg.  This is a funny and delightful early chapter book for readers in the 7-10 range.  I'm very proud for my friend Jane because USA TODAY just picked it as a top book for back-to-school reading. 

5.  Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan.  Wow, this book really surprised me with how good it was.  Three generations of women in one family, figuratively duking it out one summer at the Maine shore.  Lots of Catholic guilt and complications and bizarrely knotted family ties.

6.  Bossypants by Tina Fey (audio).  I've never watched her TV shows and really only knew her from her Sarah Palin impressions, but I enjoyed this audio book.  Mostly because she read it herself, and as you probably already know, Ms. Fey is a very funny woman.

7.  Bumped by Megan McCafferty.  YA book about teen pregnancy for profit.  Review here

8-10.  The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, and The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison, reviewed together here

11. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith.  A sweet and fun YA novel. 

12. The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar.  Beautiful novel from one of my favorite writers.  Book is forthcoming in early 2012, my review is forthcoming a bit sooner than that.

13.  The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth.  A YA book dealing with a teenage girl's coming out and the lack of understanding in her insular, religious community, forthcoming in early 2012. Review here

A few stats: 2 audio, 2 nonfic, 4 YA/younger readers.  Interesting to me that the two non-fic were also the audio books this month.  Guess that's as good a way as any to boost my nonfiction "reading."


  1. Yes, just thinking about the end of summer makes me sad! Nice work on the non-fiction this month. Something I need to improve on...

    Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

  2. I'd seemed Bumped around but it hasn't really clicked what it's about until now, I will have to check your review out.


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