Total Books Read in July & August: 38
- Most like a Nora Ephron movie: Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon, which is basically a better version of You’ve Got Mail
- Number of Stephen King books read: 8. I have an addiction.
- Other books read because of my Stephen King problem: Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney, which was more enjoyable than expected; The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson , which I loved more than I thought possible and has amazing lesbian subtext that I want to discuss for hours; and I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, which I didn’t count as a book read because I didn’t read all of the short stories included.
- A FIRST EVER! Thing: I read absolutely no non-fiction in the month of August. I can’t even believe it.
- Most exciting review copy received and read: Gaga Feminism by J. Jack Halberstam (Beacon Press)!! So good.
- Book I liked so much more than the movie (all the while picturing the characters as the actors): About a Boy by Nick Hornby
- Most SWEEDISH: The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
- Book I loved now and would have also loved in the fifth grade: The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman, which features a young, ostensibly white southern girl in the 1960s who travels back in time to antebellum south. It has a lot in common with The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen, which was my very favorite book in fifth grade.
- Best audio of a Stephen King novel: Dolores Claiborne, narrated by Frances Sternahagen. The novel is written as a deposition Dolores is giving to the police, which makes it particularly suitable for audio. Sternahagen also manages to use an excellent Maine accent that I appreciated as someone who grew up surrounded by Maine accents.
- Book that most used the word “girl” as an adjective: Dare Me by Megan Abbott. The word ‘girl’ must have been used approximately 500,000,000 times in this novel.
- Almost totally awesome: Year Zero by Rob Reid. I loved the world building, the Backstreet Boy connections, and the music puns. But it suffered from an over-the-top argument against music licencing litigation and Microsoft.
- …And yet it has a totally awesome audio narration: Thanks to John Hodgman, who is fantastic.
- Book I spent the most time frowning and/or shouting out quotes to whoever was in the room with me while reading: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander