Readerly Rambles: July Reads and August’s Book Pile

July was an okay reading month for me; my ultimate goal is to read at least 5-7 books a month and I read 5 in July so I guess I’m okay.  I’m hopeful that August will a bit more readerly.

What I read:
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen
Interlibrary Loan Practices Handbook edited by Cherie L. Weible and Karen L. Janke (for work… bleh)
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath  (I think this is reading number 11)
Giving Up by Jillian Becker (an okay interesting book length essay by a friend of Sylvia Plath)
Uncle Silas by Sheridan LeFanu (expect a review on Sunday!)

Exciting Times:
Yay!  Onto a new reading adventure.  I’ve ditched most of my reading challenges and promised myself to not sign up for any new reading events until September (although I was sorely tempted by Austen in August). For August I have some books from my stacks (2), a few ILL items (2), and a pile from the public library (5).

August Reading Pile:

  • Famous Ghost Stories edited by Bennett Cerf
  • Oddfellow’s Orphanage by Emily Winfield Martin
  • Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death by Deborah Blum
  • The Marriage Plot by Jefferey Eugenides
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • Mythology by Edith Hamilton
  • Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way by Mayim Bialik
  • Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym
  • The Children by Edith Wharton

Currently Working On:
I’m working my way through Famous Ghost Stories here and there.  The collection isn’t too big — 16 stories — and I think it will make a nice before bed read.  Well, if I don’t get too spooked.  I started Oddfellow’s Orphanage and it is a pretty adorable book.



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