I read 13 books in August. I’ve been in a bit of a slump in the last week. My audiobooks are strong but I’m having a lot of start-itis. There are so many books in my house that I’ve read the first few chapters of and then wandered away.

The books were:

  • 5 nonfiction and 8 fiction
  • Set in England, Switzerland, Thailand, all over Africa, Serbia (twice!), and the U.S.
  • 3 audiobooks

The authors were:

  • 7 male and 6 female – That’s never happened before!  I usually skew overwhelmingly female.
  • 4 POC solo authors and African Monsters had several POC authors in the collection

A new round of #otspsecretsister started and I received my first package.

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I love the sprout bookmarks. They are silicon and hide inside the book. I’m also needing to hide them from my cat because he would love them too.

Free Book Stuff

I signed up for Blogging for Books because obviously I need more books. You can get one book and then once you read and review it you can request another. The books are only from one publisher. Of all the choices I had I ended up picking a book about bread and the development of wheat allergies. Of course, I did. After I read it, it will go into the prize pool for Foodies Read.

Do you know about Mithila Review? It is a speculative arts and culture magazine. The July/August issue is all about Asian speculative writing. There are interviews, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. It is available as a FREE download. What I’ve read so far has been really good.

I had a weird worlds colliding event this month.  I went to California to judge a trail ride.  The ride from the airport to the ride site is always the worst.  I’m always in a car with a stranger and have to make small talk.  I was dreading this because I had already been traveling for 6 hours and it was a 4 hour drive (and then my work day would start).  But this turned into the best ride ever.  There were three of us in the car.  The driver has several jobs and one of them is as an editor.  I perked up at that.  I finally got up the nerve to confess my secret identity as a book blogger and got out Goodreads to save the books that she was editing.  We talked about book recommendations from then on.

How Was Your Month?

10 Replies to “August Wrap Up”

  1. Yes on the start-itis. Good to have a name for it! I am really trying to READ THE LIBRARY BOOKS I HAVE first, but I’m in the habit of visiting so frequently (I’m writing this on a library computer) and it’s so hard not to be tempted by free books. I also agree that riding in a car with strangers is kind of the worse, but meeting people to talk books with is kind of the best.

  2. I’ve had a little bit of start-itis this month too. Too many library books in the house at one time! 🙂 I’m still not a huge audiobook listener but I did listen to Hillbilly Elegy this month since it’s the only format I could get. It was good. I’ve never heard of Sprout bookmarks—so cute! What a cool ride you had with the editor. I love little surprises like that.

  3. Wow what a breadth of books you’ve read. Hope the startitis is improved and dealt with! I know I am a totally almost female author read too. I requested a Nicholas Sparks book to read and maybe he doesn’t count too much as a male reader! Happy reading in September.

  4. It sounds like you had a wonderful month in reading/blogging. I recieved The Other Einstein for review as well. I’ll have to stop back and see your review after I read the book myself. Have a great September!

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