August 2013 Wrap-Up and Upcoming Plans

Hello everyone!  August has been a successful blogging/reading month.  Now that I’m back to blogging solidly again, I’d like to start monthly wrap-up and housekeeping posts again.

This weekend, I’m going to Pennsylvania to go camping with my family for Labor Day weekend.  As I’ll be in the middle of nowhere, there will be no internet (or even cell phone service, for that matter, unless one stands on a particular picnic table and the wind is blowing in just the right direction).  It will be a nice opportunity to relax and get away from the world.  I’ll also be turning 25, which feels a bit surreal.

Any posts this weekend will be scheduled, but I’ll be back for discussions on Monday.

Reviews:

I managed to review six books throughout the past month.

Giveaway:

The winner of the giveaway of Koethi Zan’s The Never List is Patricia.  Congratulations!

Bout of Books and RIP:

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During August, I participated in my first ever readathon, during which I read a total of five books in the span of one week.  I began a sixth book, Days of Blood and Starlight, which I’ve since finished.  I loved Bout of Books because it gave me an excuse to push myself to make more time for reading instead of doing “important things” like laundry or cooking dinner.  I can’t wait for the next Bout of Books, which takes place in early January.

Thanks to Bout of Books, I’m now something like 10 books behind on reviews.  This month’s goal is to catch up on writing reviews, while at the same time participating in one of my favorite reading events of the year.  That’s right, it’s time for Carl’s R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, VIII, which begins on September 1.  The event focuses on ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night.

Generally, this is where I’d make a reading pool, but I know from experience that even if I did, I won’t stick to it.  Instead, I’m going to challenge myself to read/review at least five RIP-themed books throughout the duration of the event.  I’ve already gotten started with Terri Windling/Ellen Datlow’s Snow White, Blood Red, a collection of dark faerie tales that include stories written by some of my favorite authors, including Neil Gaiman and Charles de Lint.  The few stories I’ve read so far have been excellent, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on them.

New Acquisitions:

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  • Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

    – Historical fiction from the perspective of a former slave who has close contact with the Lincoln family.

  • Silk Armor by Claire Sydenham

    – Set in Turkey.  I don’t know nearly enough about Turkey, so this will be a learning experience.

  • The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Cat Valente

    – Cat Valente is one of my favorite authors, and when I saw she had released a new collection of stories and poems inspired by Japan, I ordered it from Amazon immediately.

  • Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan

    – My impression when reading the blurb is that the book explores social issues within the context of their impact on a community.

Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!

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9 comments

  1. Hah, Gaiman and DeLint – what could be better! I’ve actually got tickets to go and see Gaiman at a literature festival in October – I’m so excited! Can’t wait.
    Like the sound of the Jennifer Chiaverini book – I’ll keep my eye out for your review of that.
    Lynn 😀

  2. Happy almost birthday! you should totally pick up the Valente when you get home, I just finished reading MechaGirl last night, it was stunning!

    have an e-book charger that plugs into your car? take it this weekend. 😉

    1. Thanks! I’ll make sure to pack the Valente then.

      I don’t have a car e-book charger, but that’s fine since I don’t have a car either. The train has outlets though, which is one of the reasons why it remains my preferred means of travel. 😛

  3. I picked up Melancholy of Mecha-girl right when it came out. Sounded too good to pass up.

    Glad you are back in for another round of RIP. I too often don’t stick to my pool, but I plan on putting together a list this weekend anyway, if only for the sake of tradition. 🙂