Bookends: August 2017

August ended with uncharacteristically awesome weather. 70s and low humidity doesn’t often happen in Massachusetts, and we had a nice long stretch of it. I missed the last couple of days of the good weather because my kids and I went out to Salt Lake City for hotter temperatures and even lower humidity. We had a wonderful time and, although we missed my spouse, were a little disappointed to leave the land of walkable streets, functional public transit, a phenomenal library, incredible gelato, and fun times with friends so soon. And did I mention the low humidity? Seriously, I think I’m in love with the desert.

My TBR List Declutter chugged right along this month, thanks to the post-scheduling capabilities of WordPress. For those new to Imperfect Happiness, each Thursday, I post the titles of ten books that are on my TBR and whether I’m keeping them or taking them off of the TBR (and why).

Against all odds, we still have one monarch caterpillar hanging on. This one is more than a month old now, which is ridiculously old for a monarch caterpillar. We think it has a genetic problem based on the change in its coloration and its extremely slow rate of growth. It’s still alive, although not very lively, so we keep feeding it.

“Not dead yet!”

 

My Utah trip did interfere with my Bookends post for August, but I’ll remedy that right now:

Grown-up Books:

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer (fiction, SBC August Selection)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (YA fiction, book #1 of The Lunar Chronicles, read because my daughter recommended it)

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (book #2 of The Lunar Chronicles)

Cress by Marissa Meyer (book #3 of The Lunar Chronicles)

Winter by Marissa Meyer (book #4 of The Lunar Chronicles)

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (fiction, audiobook)

Kids’ Books:

1607: A New Look at Jamestown by Karen Lange (read-aloud)

Hudson by Janice Weaver (read-aloud)

Samuel de Champlain by Liz Sonneborn (read-aloud)

Currently Reading:

  •  Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

My To-Read List for August:

What have you enjoyed reading in the past month? What’s on your to-read list for September?

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