Thursday, October 1, 2015

My September in review

The It’s Monday What Are You Reading meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. I’ve started compiling my lists monthly instead of weekly.

Books completed this month:
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (audio)
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of the Master Forgers by Noah Charney
Let Me Explain You by Annie Liontas
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Capital Dames: the Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 by Cokie Roberts
As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew by Jen Chaney
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, translated by Cathy Hirano

Books I am currently reading/listening to:
How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz

What I acquired this month:
At our first fall WNBA-Charlotte event, the chapter president raffled off some tote bags full of ARCs and I won one of them! It's almost like the books in it were picked out just for me. I picked a non-fiction bag. Here's what was in mine:

Head Case: My Brain and Other Wonders by Cole Cohen
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by Ted Koppel
Wide-Open World: How Volunteering Around the Globe Changed One Family's Lives Forever by John Marshall
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism by John Norris
Sisters in Law: Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the Friendship That Changed Everything by Linda Hirshman
Drinking in America: Our Secret History by Susan Cheever

I then went to SIBA in Raleigh to promote National Reading Group Month (October). My compatriot at the event, Kristen, and I had a short break and we went to Quail Ridge Books. I always buy at least one book when I go to an independent bookstore and in this one I had trouble buying only one. I in fact did buy two but one of them was for our SIBA display:
Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capo Crucet. One I got just for me was On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss. If you ever go to this excellent store, be sure to stop in the bathroom. Trust me.

Then, we were at SIBA!! I got quite a haul. Here's the list in no particular order:
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy
Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain
The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato by Kathy Giuffre
Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Hanging Mary by Susan Higginbotham
The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale
The Expatriates: A Novel by Janice Y.K. Lee
All the Winters After by Seré Prince Halverson
The Portable Veblen: A Novel by Elizabeth Mckenzie
We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Fallen Land by Taylor Brown
The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick
Noah's Wife by Lindsay Starck
Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington
A Man of Genius: A Contingent Life in Four Chapters by Janet Todd
Twain's End by Lynn Cullen
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
The After Party: A Novel by Anton DiSclafani
The Photographer's Wife by Suzanne Joinson
The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Terrible Virtue: A Novel by Ellen Feldman
Playing Days by Benjamin Markovits
Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
Barefoot to Avalon by David Payne
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (a Great Group Reads Selection)
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

Now I have to find space for all these books! This month I have acquired 40 books, which is entirely too many for my bookshelves to absorb. I'll have to go with a stack on the floor next to the bookcase for now. I might cull some in a month or two when I've had time to process these. I have a bunch of books checked out of the library at the moment so I can't even begin to tackle these yet! October should be fun. After all, it's National Reading Group Month!


Tea said...

Have fun. Would like to look through your books.

Beth and Kristy said...

Hi, Caroline! I'm so glad you were able to grab a copy of Dear Carolina at SIBA! Wasn't it the best show?? I hope you enjoy Dear Carolina! Thanks so much for sharing with your readers. Kristy Woodson Harvey