Bookends: August 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!

Reading took a backseat to other endeavors this month, so my books-completed list is a bit lighter than I’d intended.

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

Grown-ups’ Books:

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall

Difficult Mothers: Understanding and Overcoming Their Power by Terry Apter

Using Bibliotherapy: A Guide to Theory and Practice by Rhea Joyce Rubin

Kids’ Books:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Raold Dahl (audio)

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Raold Dahl

Currently Reading

My Ridiculous To-Read List for September

  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (Sisters Book Club September selection. Click the link to read along and join the discussion!)
  • Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë (for Cavalcade of Classics)
  • Called to Community: New Directions in Unitarian Universalist Ministry by Dorothy May Emerson, Anita Farber-Robertson, and Mary McKinnon Ganz
  • Living Room Revolution by Cecile Andrews
  • Slowing Down to the Speed of Life by Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey
  • Alone With All That Could Happen: Rethinking Conventional Wisdom about the Craft of Fiction Writing by David Jauss
  • The Snowden Files by Luke Harding
  • Her by Harriet Lane (LibraryThing Early Reviewers)
  • Famous Baby by Karen Rizzo (LibraryThing Early Reviewers)

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

7 Replies to “Bookends: August 2014”

  1. I read Quiet quite a while ago. Liked it. Just finished “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. This was for my library book group. I really like it. I have to say one of the best books I have read all summer or year. I have read a ton of books this past year and should take notes after I read because so many of the stories run together in my memory. I will be notified of your follow up comment.


    1. I’d not heard of Ordinary Grace; I will have to check it out! I hear you about the stories running together. Doing brief (and not so brief) reviews on Goodreads and here on my blog has really helped me keep the stories straight better than I used to. I still mix things up, just less than in the past.


      1. I find myself reading the synopsis of books to refresh my memory. I wrote some reviews for books during the LA County Library Summer Reading program. It is for all library members who wish to participate. I found it is hard to write a review and not reveal too much of the story but enough to make it appealing.


      2. Yes, I guess I don’t try very hard to make the book I’m reviewing appealing. I do hope my review itself is appealing, though.


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