Sunday, September 1, 2019

August in Review

Well, here I am! It's the end of August, and the end of summer (not technically, but practically), and time to get back to blogging.

My Reading

# of books read: 13 in August and 24 in July. I guess I was busier overall in August, since I also blogged a lot less. I didn't meet my book-a-day challenge this summer, even though I counted all the picture books that I don't include in my monthly or annual counts. Still, seventy books is respectable. Tons of four star books too, which is great.

Best(s):(In which I tell you all my five star reads and make up categories so they each win something.)

Best second novel with an interesting structure: Birthday by Meredith Russo

Best book that is not quite a novel in verse, but is more plotted than just a book of poems: They Call Me GΓΌero by David Bowles

Best middle grade book that is as cute as its cover: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Best series finale to a terrific detective series that could be subtitled "They ALL Die At the End": World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters

Book that worked its way into my heart and plans to stay: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Best fantasy that I loaned to my sister because she loves Neil Gaiman's Stardust: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (who is terrific on Twitter, BTW)

Best book my 13 year old daughter listened to on audiobook, then read, then took my classroom copy of and informed me I need to get my students a new copy of because this is her book now: I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

Can you tell which one is my Book of the Summer?

Bookish Events and Happenings

Lots of time at the library and bookstores, for sure. Also, I got three bingos on my bingo card.

Barely Missing Everything, Daughter of the Pirate King, Birthday, Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World, Juliet Takes a Breath

FOURTH ROW: A Moveable Feast, Once & Future, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, No Time to Spare

RISING DIAGONAL: Front Desk, Once & Future, Shout, They Call me Guero, Juliet Takes a Breath.

And in my defense, I never could track down copies of The Boy Who Steals Houses or Keep This To Yourself.

On the Blog

I kept us on minimal life support status by posting three times on Sundays. 


This was the fun stuff. I was just thinking that if Oregon, which apparently has a shockingly short school year compared to most states, ever lengthens that time, they'd better add it in June, not August. I love August in Oregon so much.  We spent a lot of time outdoors and as a family, so I'll go with the whole "a picture is worth a thousand words" thing and leave you with these. Some are repeats from earlier posts, but these are the summer highlights. (Minus pictures of the fronts of my kids, who police my social media exposure of them with ferocity.)

My monthly summaries are always linked to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up on Feed Your Fiction Addiction, along with many other terrific blogs' monthly reflections.  Nicole usually puts together a fun scavenger hunt giveaway too, so go check it out! I'm also linking up this week with the Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Sunday Salon at ReaderBuzz


  1. Great selection of books. Looks like a fun trip. My weekly update

  2. What a delightful record of your summer!
    Congrats on your reading accomplishments during August.

    Have a great reading week

  3. I'd say seventy books is a respectable number of reads for the summer! Thanks for sharing your bests list, too. It's always nice to see which books stand out.

    I've only been to Oregon one time, but I left feeling like it must be one of the most stunning places on earth. We are off in Utah now, and I am wondering if Utah and Oregon are in some sort of beauty contest. It looks like you had a great summer. I love all those photos, especially the wine glass. (Warning: I shall steal this idea and try to replicate.)

    When I started blogging, I decided to be happy if I got in a post a week. I ended up getting into a cozy (boring?) routine of posting a weekly wrap-up, a list, and a photo each week, which I have pretty much been doing for the last eight or nine years. I think that's okay for me.

    I hope you have a great week!

  4. If you didn't blog as much because you were out making happy memories, then that is fantastic! Glad you had such a memorable summer! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  5. Wait! Is the OR school year less than 180 days? I thought that was the standard. I didn't know we had options. Huh. Your nature photos are stunning, and the others made me smile, because it looks like you guys had so much fun. Good luck with the new school year!

  6. I love all the outdoor pictures! I missed going on adventures this summer, but maybe I’ll get to go on some trips this fall when my work hours get cut. I hope you have a great September! Good luck with the back-to-school stuff.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  7. Someday I really want to go to Oregon. Guess I should try to get there in August. Now I'm curious how long your school year is---I thought all states had to have 180 days of school. Maybe you guys take shorter/less breaks?

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  8. Teachers work 180 days, but not all of those are student contact days. I've heard that someone with a k-12 education in Oregon accumulates nearly a year's less school than in states where there are 180 student contact days. Which is kind of embarrassing!

  9. Thank you for sharing all the summer photos! I enjoyed them very much. We visited Oregon a long time ago and enjoyed camping in yurts along the coast and being awoken to sea lions in the mornings. Excellent book summer too! I enjoyed Front Desk very much too.


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