And here we are, at the unofficial end of summer here in the States. Things are definitely a bit quieter on the interwebs today, given that most of us are celebrating Labor Day weekend. Other than a little back-to-school and grocery shopping, we don't really have any grandiose plans for the holiday.
Yesterday, I wrote nonstop - two scheduled book reviews (The Handmaid's Tale and The Winters in Bloom) plus a 9/11 related post - so this week's Sunday Salon will be a little on the lighter side with a recap of the books I read in July and August.
It feels like I read more than 8 books during the past two months, but then I realized that there were an extraordinary amount of DNFs in that timeframe. We're talking 7 of them! So for almost every book that I finished, I abandoned one. Still, given all that was going on with our move this summer, averaging a book a week isn't too bad.
Books Read in July (links take you to my reviews):
Children and Fire, by Ursula Hegi
The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant, by Dan Savage
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture, by Peggy Orenstein
By Nightfall, by Michael Cunningham
Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home, by Caitlin Shetterly
Books Read in August:
Ford County, Stories by John Grisham
The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Do More Than Give: The 6 Practices of Donors Who Change the World
by Leslie R. Crutchfield, John V. Kania, and Mark R. Kramer
The best part about this list is that I liked all of them. September's getting off to a good start, too. This week I finished The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker, which is being published by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, on September 13. I recently signed up for NetGalley (which I absolutely love and am starting to become hooked on) and this is the first e-galley I've reviewed through them. My review will be up on the 13th. (I'll give you a preview now: I really liked this one.)
Hope your Sunday (and your holiday weekend, if you're celebrating) is turning out to be a good one!
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