Month: July 2015

Late summer reading update

It’s the last day of July and it’s Friday, so happy Friday everyone! This also means that it’s almost the end of summer (schedule-wise), which excites and terrifies me. Yay sweaters and boots and classes, boo stress! Mostly I’m excited though.

So far this summer (beginning in June) I have read 26 books. I thought that my July TBR was going to hell because I kept buying books that went towards the top of my general TBR list, and I also received some ARCs that I wanted/needed to review first, and also the library having a limit on interlibrary loan really puts me in a spot. But I ended up not doing too badly on it; in July I read 9 of the 12 books from my original July TBR, and I read 9 additional books that weren’t on that list.



You and Me and Him – Kris Dinnison

Publication date: July 7, 2015
Format: eARC
Genre: Young adult fiction

You and Me and Him surprised me a bit. It was rough reading sometimes because I felt the characters’ struggles so keenly, and especially that of the narrator, Maggie.

You and Me and Him


And the nominees are…

Super excited today (in a book nerd way) because the longlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced. I didn’t try to make predictions because I felt like I am in no way qualified to do that, but I should have given it a shot because I already own 3 of the 13 books that made the cut, and considering that they were chosen from 156 books I think that’s pretty good, for an amateur.

5 of the 13 books were written by Americans, so I think those who were worried about letting Americans become eligible can give sigh of relief because we didn’t completely take over their award. 🙂

So here are the 13 books that are nominated:
Bill Clegg (US) – Did You Ever Have a Family
Anne Enright (Ireland) – The Green Road
Marlon James (Jamaica) – A Brief History of Seven Killings
Laila Lalami (US) – The Moor’s Account
Tom McCarthy (UK) – Satin Island
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – The Fishermen
Andrew O’Hagan (UK) – The Illuminations
Marilynne Robinson (US) – Lila
Anuradha Roy (India) – Sleeping on Jupiter
Sunjeev Sahota (UK) – The Year of the Runaways
Anna Smaill (New Zealand) – The Chimes
Anne Tyler (US) – A Spool of Blue Thread
Hanya Yanagihara (US) – A Little Life

I already own A Little Life, The Fishermen, and A Spool of Blue Thread; the first two I knew I was going to read in the next two weeks, and now the third just got put on that list as well. I’ll also put The Green Road on my TBR, and maybe A Brief History of Seven Killings and A Moor’s Account (which was also a nominee for the Pulitzer).

Congratulations to all the authors!

Has anyone read any of these, or plan to?

P.S. today is my blog’s five-week-iversary! I forgot its one month birthday so this notice will have to substitue.

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The Enchanted – Rene Denfeld

Publication date: March 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
Genre: Literary fiction

The Enchanted

Well, this book. Wow. This was my second book this weekend for the TBR Takedown readathon. I finished Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children this morning and it was ok, and I don’t feel like I have much to say about it so I don’t know if I will do a review. This book, however…


The Casualties – Nick Holdstock

Publication date: August 5th, 2015
Format: eARC
Genre: literary fiction

The Casualties

I have really mixed feelings about this book. When I started reading it I immediately thought I would love it because the prose is lovely, and you get to know the characters very well. Or at least most of them.