July Round-Up

TOTAL Books read: 25
Audio: 5
Print: 14
Ebooks: 6

Fiction — 15

  1. Tell No One by Harlan Coben (ebook): Have I mentioned recently how much I love Harlan Coben’s books? Tell No One is my new favorite of his stand-alone books–and features, as supporting characters, and excellently written lesbian couple.
  2. The Twilight Zone: The Midnight Sun (Rod Serling’s the Twilight Zone) by Rod Serling, Mark Kneece, and Anthony Spay: That’s right, they turned old Twilight Zone episodes into graphic novels. The creepy factor was still quite effective.
  3. Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris: I really wish I could give up on series. Sookie just isn’t doing it for me. (Side note: On the other hand, I am two books behind in the Stephanie Plum series, so I suppose I can KIND OF give up on series. I know I’ll end up reading them eventually.)
  4. Firestorm by Radclyffe (ebook): I reviewed this one!
  5. Sin City: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller: I don’t know why I read the book when I already knew how much the movie makes me squirm.
  6. Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu: I reviewed this one too!
  7. Trust Me On This by Jennifer Crusie (ebook): THAT’S RIGHT I READ IT. AND I LIKED IT.
  8. Batman: Battle for the Cowl by Tony S. Daniel: Batman is the world’s most angsty superhero. Even when he has no dialogue.
  9. Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love by Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus: A spinoff from the Fables series; quite delightful.
  10. Hysteria by Eva Gale (ebook): Sometimes I read books I got for free from Barnes and Noble and it’s awkward.
  11. Where She Went by Gale Foreman (audio): I really dislike music in audio books. It’s very distracting and makes me want to scream sometimes.
  12. Women of the Mean Streets: Lesbian Noir edited by J.M. Redmann & Greg Herren (ebook): First half of the stories were surprisingly great, second half…not so much. Review to come, since I got this from Netgalley.
  13. The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai: THERE IS TOO MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK.
  14. Caricature by Daniel Clowes: A collection of short stories in graphic form. Super depressing.
  15. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles: I was surprised by how quickly I read this book. It may or may not have made me cry. I tried the audio book but had to start over with the print version because I didn’t like the narrator.

Non-Fiction — 10

  1. Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of FDR by H.W. Brands (audio): This audio book is like 40 hours long. It was not my favorite book on FDR, and the author seemed to be rather biased against Eleanor Roosevelt. (ie he blamed her for Roosevelt’s cheating.)
  2. Gay People of Color: Facing Prejudices, Forging Identities (Gallup’s Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Lifestyle) by Jaime A. Seba: Yep, the Lifestyle.
  3. Coming Out: Telling Family and Friends (The Gallup’s Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian, & Transgender Lifestyle) by Jaime A. Seba: Not my favorite resource.
  4. Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman: Not at all what I was expecting (as in I expected something way more awesome) but there are a few stand-out essays in the collection.
  5. A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman (audio): I like to read about wars sometimes.
  6. The Queer Art of Failure by J. Halberstam (ebook): So good. I have to review this because I got it from Netgalley but it’s going to be DIFFICULT because I will have to use my SMARTS. Or perhaps I will queerly fail at the review and it will be super meta.
  7. The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam (audio): I want to read all of his books. Especially the ones about war.
  8. Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan: Super fun and interesting.
  9. Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman (audio): I rejoined Audible just so I could listen to this audio book. It was AWESOME.
  10. Complaints & Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English: I got this from Feminist Press and I was so excited because I kind of read everything Ehrenreich writes but I hadn’t read this. Quite interesting and suprisingly inclusive for the era (it was originally published in 1972).


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10 responses to “July Round-Up

  1. There’s a really great French movie adaptation of Tell Known One, have you seen it? It stars Kristin Scott Thomas, one of my favorite actresses — I love that she’s British but is starring in all these French movies.

    • Oh I forgot all about it! I had started to watch it a while back but decided to wait until I read the book. Thanks for reminding me!!!

  2. Wow, as always, great list of books. A few sound especially interesting, like Complaints & Disorders – yay for also having a copy :)

  3. bookgazing

    Beyond Hevaing Bosoms sounds so cool, their website always makes me wish I read more straight up romance in a way few other sites could.

  4. Scoop.it led me to your blog this morning, and I love it! It’s great to find someone who is as much a fiend about reading as I am, and especially someone else who sees value in a variety of genres and styles and topics. Bookmarking your blog, and I’ll definitely be back. Also, have you ever read Nick Hornby’s columns for the Believer? It’s very similar to your blog and mine, I think.

    • Glad you found me! :D

      I’ve read one of the collections of Hornby’s articles — The Polysyllabic Spree — and it was quite a bit of fun. I’d definitely like to read more of them!

  5. Re: Complaints and Disorders
    Oh, isn’t it a charming little thing? Kinda pulls you back into the age of leaflets. Well, at least my copy is bound with what looks like red construction paper and the type appears as though it was printed on someone’s basement press. Perhaps they’ve snazzed it up by now though!