Bookends: July 2014

The first day of each month, I’m posting a summary of what I read the previous month and what I plan to read in the coming month. I would love if this could become a conversation in the comments about what’s on your reading list, too!

Today marks a record for our family:

As of this day, my spouse and I have lived in our house for three years, the longest period of time we’ve lived in one dwelling for our adult lives. And although my spouse lived in the same house from first grade through high school, three years is the longest I’ve ever lived in the same dwelling (so far). I understand this probably doesn’t seem like much of a milestone to most people, but to us, it’s kind of big.

It’s funny to watch how we react to the knowledge that we’ve been here longer than we’ve lived anywhere. Although we have no particular plans to move, we’re both sort of looking around, expecting that something will make us move, and because of this we’re hesitant to make any long-term plans (long-term meaning longer than about three months out. I scheduled an orthodontist appointment for my daughter for November and then wondered if maybe I shouldn’t schedule so far out).

It will be interesting to see how we feel as this fourth year progresses. Will we start to feel a sense of security…and will it be a false sense of security?

At any rate, no matter how long we stay in one place, there are always books, and as long as there are books, I’ll be reading them.

Here’s the recap of what I read in July:

Grown-ups’ Books:

Authority by Jeff VanderMeer (fiction, second in a trilogy and the third book isn’t out until September. Ack!)

My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer (memoir)

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (fiction, for Sisters Book Club)

Writing to Wake the Soul by Karen Hering (nonfiction)

Writing the Sacred Journey by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew (nonfiction)

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (fiction, for Cavalcade of Classics)

Kids’ Books:

Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat (memoir)

The Capture by Kathryn Lasky (audio, stopped reading)

Giants in the Land by Diana Appelbaum (notable nonfiction picture book)

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowat (memoir)

Currently Reading

  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
  • Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall
  • Using Bibliotherapy: A Guide to Theory and Practice by Rhea Joyce Rubin

To-Read for July

  • Her by Harriet Lane (LibraryThing Early Reviewers)
  • Famous Baby by Karen Rizzo (LibraryThing Early Reviewers)
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang (I’m very excited about this one! It’s the Sisters Book Club August selection. Follow the link to read along with us!)
  • Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë (for Cavalcade of Classics)

What have you enjoyed reading in the past month? What’s on your to-read list for August? If you blog your answer, please post a link in the comments (and/or link back to this post, if you’re so inclined).

4 Replies to “Bookends: July 2014”

  1. I read Authority as well as Annihilation. Now I am waiting for the release of the 3rd book. They were interesting and disturbing, dystopic. Have been on a mystery odyssey this summer with Michael Connelly books about Harry Bosch an LAPD Detective on a quest. Now I am caught up with all his books and waiting for the release of his latest The Burning Room. Currently, reading a book about life transitions because I have been in the middle of one myself. And just started my own blog. You’re welcome to visit.


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