Bookends: August 2015


As August vacates the premises, and September leaps in to fill the void, I find myself feeling tired. Nothing in particular is tiring me, so I have to assume it’s just the rush of time. Perhaps the whooshing noise as it rushes by is keeping me from sleeping well.

My youngest turned six this month and has a very wiggly tooth. My eldest is nearly as tall as I am and entering that “I don’t know why I’m crying” phase I remember so well from my growing-up despite all of my attempts to forget it. It’s been a month of anniversaries and milestones, cake and martinis, berry-picking and humidity. I’m looking forward to the cool of autumn and trying not to dread the chill of winter. At least the cold weather will give me ample excuse to curl up with a book.

August’s books…

Grown-ups’ Books:

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (SBC August Selection)

The Point of Vanishing by Howard Axelrod (ARC from Beacon Press)

Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup

The 5 Choices by Kory Kogon

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff

Kids’ Books (read-alouds and audiobooks):

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (re-read, read-aloud. Okay, it’s not really a kids’ book, but I read it aloud to my kids so I’m putting it here)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein (audiobook)

Currently Reading

  • The Histories by Herodotus (for my Cavalcade of Classics, as a read-aloud with my daughter, skipping some of the more questionable parts)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (for my Cavalcade of Classics and the one I didn’t finish for the Classics Club Spin #9) (I continue to dread this one, both for the subject matter and for the nineteenth-century language, for which I’m just not in the mood. I need to just finish it and get it out of the way.)
  • Is That Me Yelling? by Rona Renner
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (re-read, audiobook; I might not finish listening to this one this time)
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (audiobook)

My To-Read List for September

  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (SBC September Selection – Read with us and join the discussion on our Goodreads Group)
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (read-aloud for my kids’ homeschool book club)


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).

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