The September List!
1 Going Bovine, by Libba Bray, finished 9/9/13
2. Deenie, by Judy Blume, finished 9/9/13 They diagnosed me with scoliosis in seventh grade, and I wore a brace for three years. Some how, no one ever handed me Deenie, which is about a girl with scoliosis. I commented on this fact to my mother while in the middle of reading, and she said she couldn’t believe it either. Then I got through the masturbation scenes and realized that was exactly why no one ever gave it to me. Catholic schools for the win.
3. Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell, finished 9/10/13 Ahhhh!!!! This is the romantic comedy novel of your dreams!! Set around the time of Y2K, Attachments follows the office tech guy hired to monitor the emails at a newspaper. He knows he should turn in the two ladies emailing each other all their personal business, but he can’t bring himself to do it because they’re so funny and warm. Hijinks ensue. Rainbow Rowell is my new writer hero.
4. Birds of America, by Lorrie Moore, finished 9/14/13 Years ago in a college fiction writing class, my graduate student TA gave me a copy of “People Like That Are the Only People Here,” because he thought my writing style was similar to Lorrie Moore’s. I now understand that was hugely flattering and laughable. That story still just kills me- Lorrie Moore is a master of combining wit and depth. Go read it at once if you don’t know it. This book includes that short story and others, and it’s a total downer but she’s still a genius.
5. This is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer E Smith, finished 9/17/13
6. Elimination Night, by Anonymous, finished 9/19/13
7. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, finished 9/23/13 More Rainbow Rowell! This one is for anyone who has ever read fanfiction. Cath is a secret online superstar as a fanfiction writer for a Harry Potter-esque series. She’s started college and real life is totally getting in the way of her online life. Just adorable.
8. IV, Chuck Klosterman, finished 9/24/13
9. Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach, finished 9/24/13 Admittedly, I skimmed some of the chapters with heavy emphasis on physics. But I learned many interesting things about space travel. For example, did you know your underwear will dissolve if you wear them every day for two weeks straight? Amazing!
10. Untold, by Sarah Rees Brennan, finished 9/26/13 Sequel to Unspoken, which I just loved. I will follow sassy pants Kami Glass where ever she goes, and I don’t even care whom she ends up with. Why is SRB not a bigger deal??
11. Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan, finished 9/30/13 (re-read)
Total Books Read in 2013 (so far): 110
Last month’s list: August