July Mini-Review Recap

July was a pretty great month! Honeyman is home, had our 8-year anniversary, got a little engaged, AND read a decent amount of books!

I finished 7 books, and I read 27 issues of comics.

Okay, so actually my comics reading slacked a LOT. I haven’t been reading them on Scribd as often and I’m super-behind in my paper ones. Got some catchin’ up to do in August. Anyways, let’s see what the books were like.

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The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson – I really liked this book, but I can’t describe it for anything. It’s set in a futuristic Brazil, and it’s kind of YA-ish, and just go read it before the summer is over, kay?

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – Man, Scribd is AWESOME. They have so many brand new audiobooks! I only had a minor curiosity in reading Modern Romance, but I couldn’t resist it. I mean, Aziz starts the audiobook making fun of the listener for being too lazy to read the actual book, and it only gets more amusing from there. And I learned that apparently the most popular time for sexting is Tuesday at 10 AM. Who knew?!

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Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer – I know this author has written a ton, but this is the first book of his I felt compelled to pick up and it is SO worth the read. It’s absolutely horrifying and will make you afraid to leave your house but also righteously furious on behalf of the women who have been so let down by our judicial process.

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Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older – Older is quickly becoming one of my auto-buy authors. Dude knows how to WRITE, even when his main character is a female teenager. His books are such a great blend of fantasy, noir, and humor. Pick up one of his books, you won’t regret it.

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Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet – My bad for not having a good picture of the cover… but this was a fun little book! A newlywed couple go to an island for their honeymoon, and on one of their excursions they discover mermaids. Real mermaids. And then someone in the discovering party is found dead, and things escalate from there. The main character, Deb, was cheeky and a little mean, so I TOTALLY got along with her. Perfect summer reading (and incidentally, perfect because I was reading this on the day Treland proposed, so the honeymoon theme was particularly timely).

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, said the shotgun to the head by Saul Williams – This is actually a re-read, that I just happened because I saw it sitting there on Scribd. It’s poetry, and it’s about a kiss. Saul Williams is fantastic.

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – Toni Morrison says this is required reading, and I wholeheartedly agree. It’s a long letter from Coates to his son about what it means to grow up black in America. It is, of course, heartbreaking and insightful and something absolutely everyone should be picking up right now. RIGHT. NOW.

Alright, so let’s check out those stats…

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 7

Female authors: 2 (29%)

Non-white authors: 5 (71%)

Format breakdown: 3 print, 3 e-book, 1 audiobook

STATS – COMICS (including writers and illustrators)

Issues read:Β 27

Female authors/illustrators: 6

Non-white authors/illustrators: 2

Format breakdown: 21 print, 6 e-book

Man, my comics reading suffered this month. I’m working on that. Also, I think I mentioned on Twitter a while ago that I made a new Google Docs spreadsheet for tracking my reading, and I LOVE it. I think I’ve been using it for about a month now, and it’s so awesome to be able to access it anywhere, even on my phone. I have separate tabs for Books, Comics, Book Purchases, etc. And I add a book to it as soon as I’m reading it, highlight it, and then just remove the highlight and fill in the date once I finish it. (Or, if I never finish it… then that’s noted too.) Anyways, it’s very exciting, maybe I’ll do a post on it later with pictures.

~Sarah

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9 comments

  1. Oh how the Coates book broke my heart into tiny pieces. I highlighted probably 50% of it because Coates’s writing was so good and incisive. I’m glad we have him in the world as a person who writes and thinks and gets paid to do that.

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    1. Yesss, read him! He has 3 books out and I can’t even suggest which one to start with because they’re all super great. Maybe Salsa Nocturna and/or Half-Resurrection Blues, because Shadowshaper is more YA.

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  2. I enjoyed Modern Romance, but at the same time it made me extremely grateful to be in a long-term relationship and not have to navigate the dating world. Aziz is great! πŸ˜›

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  3. I’m not sure I would call 27 comics slacking! lol. I miss visiting the comic book store … I’ll have to attempt to do it later this year when we get back into routine again. I wish I could order them online! I’ve heard really good things about the Aziz Ansari book … I’ll have to check it out! I don’t really understand Scribd, but I know my library has that one …

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  4. 27 comics is better than me! What was your favorite of the 27?
    I’m listening to Aziz Ansari’s book right now. He is hilarious! Never heard of Daniel JosΓ© Older. I will be adding Shadowshaper to my TBR!

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