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Thursday, November 1, 2018

My Month in Review: October

The Month in Review meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. October was another tough month work-wise but not as tough as September. Wrapped up my sales calls for the season. Worked a second trade show.

I note the non-Macmillan books in this post with a star.

Books completed this month:
How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr
Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business by Matt Lee and Ted Lee
Off Season by James Sturm
The Macmillan Story: Bringing Authors and Readers Together Since 1843 by Macmillan Publishers
Calypso by David Sedaris* (audio) REREAD
My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now by Peter Mayle* (audio)
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh*
How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery*
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson*
Less by Andrew Sean Greer*
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai
The Library Book by Susan Orlean*

Books I am currently reading/listening to:
Carnegie Hill: A Novel by Jonathan Vatner
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth
Ask a Manager: Clueless Coworkers, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and Other Work Conversations Made Easy by Alison Green*

Did Not Finish:
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk W. Johnson, narrated by MacLeod Andrews* (audio) I thought this would be fascinating but I really just want to smack this kid. I found myself dreading going back to the book, so I didn't.
The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham* (audio) This book was actually shaping up to be quite good, but also really depressing. I know he was teeing up the deep dive into Reconstruction and Andrew Johnson as a comparison to our current administration, but both topics are highly depressing to me and there is only so much I can take. I'm sure if I stuck with it, it would end on a hopeful note, but I just couldn't get there. At another time, in another mindset, it would have been great.

What I acquired this month (non-work books):
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy--I got an ARC of this for free from a bookstore which had extras.
How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery--I got this for free from the publisher at NAIBA, a regional trade show.

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