Back to school time! Sending my kids off to kindergarten has left me with a quiet house around lunch time, which means more reading time! Let’s get to it:
Inbox (Books Acquired)
I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi (September 13, Holt Paperbacks)— Something about September (Back to school stuff? Newly crisped morning air? Leaves dying?) signals new beginnings to me, and that makes me want to read a bunch of organizational/self improvement/get your shit together books. But honestly, how many books from thin, fit ladies about following your bliss and buying a planner can I read in a sitting? Instead, this fall I’m picking up this funny, sharp essay collection about not being an asshole in life or on social media from a woman of color. Let’s do better, people!
Outbox (Books Finished)
Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu— For anyone who has ever watched the Duggars on TV and wanted desperately to rescue their daughters. Rachel’s large, conservative Evangelical family homeschools its children and teaches its daughters that their entire purpose in life is to dress modestly, go to church, get married, and raise children to glorify God. As she gets closer to marrying age, Rachel realizes her church and homeschooling aren’t giving her answers to the questions she has. She’s torn between what she’s been taught, love for her family, and insatiable curiosity about what else life might hold for her.
Time Salvager by Wesley Chu— A fun sci-fi adventure about a future in which humanity is dying because we’ve destroyed the planet and are running out of resources to keep ourselves alive. A powerful salvaging organization sends people back in time to salvage wood, data, tools–anything that can be used to keep humanity afloat. There are strict rules governing what these salvagers can do, and one Chronman breaks the most important one. Shenanigans ensue! I love shenanigans!
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
The Remnants by Robert Hill–A weird (in a good way) book I’m about half way through, about a small town in anywhere USA that is literally and figuratively dying as its residents have intermarried and intermarried and left and died until there are only a handful left. Made up mostly of reminiscences, the writing style reminds me of every grandpa you’ve ever met who likes to sit on a porch and tell you stories. I half expect to hear soft banjo music every time I pick this up.
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott— The first work of fiction I’ve tried on audio in a hot minute, and I can’t! Stop! Listening to it! The Knoxes’ daughter is an Olympic-bound gymnast, training at an exclusive gym in their hometown. A member of the gym family dies mysteriously, and everything goes off the rails from there. Missing gymnastics Olympics coverage? Read this.