- Stubborn Archivist by Yara Rodrigues Fowler ★★★★☆ | review
- Permission by Saskia Vogel ★★☆☆☆ | review | buddy read with Matthew Sciarappa
- Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramović ★★★★★ | review
- Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah ★★★☆☆ | review | buddy read with Matthew Sciarappa
- Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer ★★★★☆ | review
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, audiobook narrated by Colin Farrell ★★★☆☆ | review to come, maybe
- Lock Every Door by Riley Sager ★★★★☆ | review
- Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk ★★★★★ | review to come mid-August for BookBrowse
- 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:
- Women in Translation Month 2019 TBR
- Book of the Month TBR
- Booker 2019 Longlist Reaction
- The Literary Fiction Book Tag
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.
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!