wrap up: July 2019

  1. Stubborn Archivist by Yara Rodrigues Fowler ★★★★☆ | review
  2. Permission by Saskia Vogel ★★☆☆☆ | review | buddy read with Matthew Sciarappa
  3. Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramović ★★★★★ | review
  4. Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah ★★★☆☆ | review | buddy read with Matthew Sciarappa
  5. Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer ★★★★☆ | review
  6. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, audiobook narrated by Colin Farrell ★★★☆☆ | review to come, maybe
  7. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager ★★★★☆ | review
  8. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk ★★★★★ | review to come mid-August for BookBrowse
  9. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride ★★★★★ | review | buddy read with Callum, Hannah, Naty, Sarah, and Emily

Favorite: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Honorable mention: Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramović
Least favorite: Permission by Saskia Vogel

JULY TOTAL: 9
YEARLY TOTAL: 72

Other posts from this month:

Life updates:

Another relatively uneventful month for me, though I did have to go up to Montreal for a few days to attend a press check for work.  If you’ve read Severance by Ling Ma, you’ll know what that entailed; it’s basically just overseeing the printing process for our books.  Kind of boring, kind of interesting, depending on your perspective.

I also finally got to meet an online friend who I’ve known for a couple of years, Claire Andrews, who I’d never met irl despite the fact that we live an hour away from each other.  So, I hung out with her for a day the other week and that was nice!  She also took me to a bookstore that I’d been meaning to visit for years, so that was another win.

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Finally, I started a ko-fi page earlier this month, so if you ever feel the strong desire to support my blog by means of a hot beverage, there it is!  I want to stress that this isn’t something I view as an expectation – Jen Campbell refers to her Patreon account as a ‘tip jar’ for creators, and I like that comparison.  The very, very minimal monetary compensation I receive from this blogging endeavor is so helpful and so appreciated, but I’m happy just to be here chatting about books with you all.

Currently reading: The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story edited by Anne Enright, The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang, and Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb.  I was hoping to finish all of these before #WITmonth, but it was not in the cards.  I may finish the Kuang later today, but that’s a bit optimistic.  I’ll definitely finish it by the end of the week though.  The other two I may put aside for the rest of the month… who knows!  Enjoying them all, there just aren’t enough hours in the day and I really want to focus on women in translation for the next couple of weeks.

What was the best book you read in July?  Comment and let me know!

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11 thoughts on “wrap up: July 2019

  1. What a good month! My best read in July is definitely The Road, I’m still freaking out. If I’d been able to finish Say Nothing, maybe that too. The audiobook returns in 5 days and I have 9+ hours left!! ahhh!!

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    • So you’re saying I should do something about the fact that I’m the last person on earth who hasn’t read The Road?

      YAY SAY NOTHING. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. Ugh this is why I can’t do library audiobooks for new releases, I am the slowest listener ever and I get so stressed. You can do it though!!!!

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  2. Three 5-stars! Looks like you had a good month! 🙂 I’m sure Girl will top the list for me as well.
    I was going to ask what a press check was, but then saw the Severance reference… a perfect clarification, lol!
    Looking forward to your review of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead!

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    • I thought FOR SURE Walk Through Walls would be my highlight, but then Girl had to go and WRECK ME. Ugh.

      There were fewer zombies in Montreal than there were in Severance, but my coworker and I DID get trapped in the building when we were trying to leave, so there’s that?!

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      • Omg, trapped in the building?! I’m not claustrophic, but the thought of being stuck inside somewhere really creeps me out. On a family vacation when I was a kid some of us got trapped in the enclosure of an outdoor water park, and apparently the experience was frightening enough that I remember it vividly even though it wasn’t really that bad? It was dark, though. Luckily I’ve not been on the wrong side of a locked door since.

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      • Thankfully it was only like, 10 minutes? But when we went to leave, the door we’d come in was locked and the person that had showed us in had left. We ended up having to go into the warehouse and finding some random dude who didn’t speak a word of English – my truly brilliant French speaking abilities saved us (read: I said ‘the door is closed’ because I couldn’t think of how to say ‘locked’ but I guess it got the job done) and then he showed us out a different exit. But, it was stressful – it had been a long day and we wanted to leave. Thankfully I’m not more claustrophobic – that childhood experience sounds awful!!!

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      • 😆 Great save with the French! That doesn’t sound like any sort of way you’d want to end the day, but I’m glad you made it out another exit in the end!
        My family probably wasn’t stuck in the water park enclosure any longer than 10 minutes either, but we never found another exit… we eventually just squeezed through a gap in the fence. And it was outdoors, so not too claustrophobic, but it was so creepy to be in a public space like that with all the lights off and the water shut down and just no one there. I may have watched too many horror movies as a kid.

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