Monday, August 7, 2023

July Reading Wrap-Up+

This month was less successful for reading. Or...not less successful but just less of it. Probably because this month was also very stressful and I wasn't in the mood for doing much of anything but sulking. (I'm still in a sulking mood.) Which has lasted some additional days since I wrote this and the never bothered publishing it.

But instead of focusing on sulking, let's look at this fun bookish puzzle I got cos that is where I'm now at when it comes to wild nights these days.
Anyway, hey book stats, eh? 

Total books read
The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill
When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us To Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning
My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
(I also started Severance by Ling Ma and while I think it could have been good, it wasn't the right choice for me at the time. )
The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill
A woman goes to the Boston Public Library to work on her novel. While there, she (and others in the Reading Room) hear a scream. she strikes up a friendship with a few other folks about what could have been happening and starts to work these new friends into her novel. When it turns out the scream was from a murdered woman, there is a crime to solve. BUT ALSO, this woman is a character in another story, which we learn about via letters from a beta reader, giving feedback on the chapters. I was intrigued by the mystery(ies) presented but wished we got a bit more of the beta reader piece. Some of the details didn't necessarily make all that much sense or maybe I missed a key detail (always a risk when doing an audiobook).
Rating: 4 stars

When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us to Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning
A history of WWII and how much soldiers wanted books. A bit about Nazis and book burning, a bit about how paperback books became a thing so that soldiers could have books with them that were lighter than traditional hardback books. WWII is not a period I typically find myself drawn to. This was no different. It's a bit like the rules of football: no matter what, I can't make myself care. Books are great. I'm a fan. I don't know that I totally understand how these helped win the war. I guess the argument is keeping up morale. 
Rating: 3.25 stars

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
I love this book. I was recently traveling for work and saw someone on the airplane reading this. Had this trip not involved a 4 hour delay and getting home after midnight instead of like 8pm I probably would have said something to this lady. BUT ANYWAY, this is at least my third time reading this. A story of friendship, in particular those friendships that you have as children. Yes, the story involves demonic possession and also the '80s so it gets a little silly but also legit scary and yes, it does make me tear up.  Who knew this Southern horror writer would be SO GOOD at teen girl friendships? (Me, I knew, cos I've read this before.)
Rating: 5 stars

Total pages read


Female authors


US authors

Book format
audiobook: 100%

Where'd I get the book
library: 100%


Book club

Decade published
2010s: 67%
2020s: 33%

Resolution books
The Woman in the Library is by an Australian author