Monthly Round-up: July 2017

With just one month to go in the 20 Books of Summer 2017 challenge, I need to pick up the pace with my reviews. I’m running a bit off schedule, but I don’t feel too bad about it. I’ve been making huge strides in my own writing—10,000 words this past weekend! That’s a degree of productivity I haven’t had in years.

Books Read:

  1. Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  2. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
  3. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  4. The Dinner Party and Other Stories by Joshua Ferris
  5. Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood
  6. Sleep Donation by Karen Russell
  7. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Books Reviewed:

  1. Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  2. The Stargazer’s Embassy by Eleanor Lerman
  3. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
  4. The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein

Books Remaining for the Summer 20 Challenge:

  1. The Terra-Cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri
  2. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  3. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  4. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  5. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  6. Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier
  7. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

The Terra-Cotta Dog is the 2nd Inspector Montalbano mystery. I read the 1st early in the challenge and decided to review both together in a combination review. So far, White Teeth is wonderful (and funny) as is The Sun Also Rises. The plan is to save My Brilliant Friend for the end since everyone says it’s hard to put down and I should expect to read books 2-4 straight after.

Current State of the TBR:

  • Kindle Titles: 76 (includes rereads)
  • Paperback Titles: 175 (includes rereads)
  • NetGalley Queue: 168
    (42% Feedback Ratio)

4 thoughts on “Monthly Round-up: July 2017

  1. You’re doing really well on 20 Books of Summer! I haven’t followed my list very well — I’ll read 20 books but not the ones I meant to. My new goal is 15 from the original list but that may be a stretch and I know I won’t get to review all of them. I hope you like Visit From the Goon Squad, I loved it (also loved Stone Mattress).

    • Wow—15 from the original list is great! I think I’ve swapped 5-6 around so far, but a few review copies may jump the queue soon…

      Stone Mattress was so much better than I expected and there wasn’t a weak story in the bunch! The last two (“Stone Mattress” and “Torching the Dusties”) might have been my favorites (though both are pretty dark). I’ve read too many collections where the stories get weaker towards the end, so the strong finish was a happy surprise.

      Good luck with your summer reading! I can’t believe there’s only a month left in the challenge…

    • It wasn’t as solid as I expected and, so far, all of the stories are better when Gaiman reads them aloud. Some of the odd phrases and repetitive details work better with his voice to smooth them out. :/ (Also, he has a lovely reading voice!)

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