Books, Real Life

August Wrap-Up: THINGS HAVE CHANGED

Well. I changed jobs.

The reason that this wrap-up is 3 weeks late is because I have recently changed my entire routine, learned a ton of new skills, and skipped town for a house-sitting gig.

I’m tired.

It’s been a lot of change in a short amount of time.

Oh, AND I got my Piranesi tattoo. I got tattoo flu and everything!

I love it so much. Having a giant forearm tattoo is very gratifying.

There hasn’t really been room in my brain for reading, so my stats took a dip last month.

Let’s take a look.

August Reading Stats

In August, I completed 8 books.

Of the books I read,

  • 63% were fiction
  • 25% were non-fiction
  • 12% were graphic novels
  • 25% were physical books
  • 63% were audiobooks
  • 12% were e-books
  • 25% were Young Adult
  • 75% were Adult
  • 75% were new books
  • 25% were rereads

I read two books each in the following genres: mystery, literary, horror, fantasy, and contemporary.

August 2022 Genre Breakdown pie chart

My tattoo artist got me into John Darnielle, which is partly why my reading moods for last month lean serious.

August 2022 Reading Moods pie chart

I read a couple books I didn’t care for and/or had problems with, so my rating for the month tanked. This is despite finding another potential favorite in Jennette McCurdy’s memoir.

I’m going to complain about some books now.

Notable Books

This month, I’m going to do some rapid-fire ratings and mini reviews because I don’t feel like typing out a whole screed for each book.

(I was tempted to with one of them, but alas.)

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
(4.5 stars)

I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

I feel like this book speaks for itself.

I can’t say much about it.

It’s very honest and very good.

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The Sandman: Deluxe Edition Book One by Neil Gaiman et al.
(3.0 stars)

The Sandman: The Deluxe Edition Book One by Neil Gaiman

It was…fine? I’m not much into comics or the DC universe and the art style here didn’t do much for me.

It also featured WAY MORE RAPE than I was led to believe.

I think I’ll stick to the show.

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Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
(3.75 stars)

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

My tattoo artist recommended this author to me after playing the Mountain Goats for our entire four-hour session.

I asked him what genre the book was and he couldn’t tell me.

After reading the book, I’m not sure I could tell you either.

I liked it! It was also not at all what I expected.

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Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
(3.5 stars)

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

I’m not sure if it’s a spoiler to say the horror angle is false advertising.

This book started and ended in VERY different places. For once, though, I wasn’t mad about it.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
(3.5 stars)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

(Spoilers)

This is my second time rereading The Night Circus this year.

It is simultaneously a comfort read and my albatross.

Celia is a complex character with an emotional arc. Meanwhile, Marco is…there.

Celia’s fatal flaw is her temper. Marco’s fatal flaw is that he sucks.

I think the book tries too hard to make the anemic love story work.

Celia deserves better than an eternity with THAT guy.

Let me repeat that this is my SECOND TIME REREADING THIS BOOK THIS YEAR.

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Hurricane Girl by Marcy Dermansky
(3.0 stars)

Hurricane Girl by Marcy Dermansky

I lost patience with this book about 3/4 of the way through.

The triumphant final scene left me feeling almost nothing.

Slow-paced character-driven literary fiction is not for me.

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Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
(DNF)

Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher

I’m tired of feminist fantasy as a concept.

“Patriarchy bad” is not a strong enough commentary. You HAVE to ground it in actual experiences.

I DON’T BELIEVE someone who worked as a midwife would reach the age of 30 without ever witnessing domestic violence.

The wild and wacky tone shift at the 1/3 mark (“Just me and my dEmOn ChIcKeN!”) did not work for me. I despised this book with every fiber of my bitter soul.

Short wrap-up for a pretty chaotic month.

In another week or so, I’ll have to post a new one of these.

Wake me up when September ends.

2 thoughts on “August Wrap-Up: THINGS HAVE CHANGED”

  1. I am so amused that your stats taking a dip is my average month of reading without effort and only two books shy of my monthly reading target that I work SO HARD to get to.

    I am hold number 378 on three copies of I’m Glad My Mom Died. I think maybe I should just buy it since I can think of three people in my life who would relate on the title alone.

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  2. First off, are we going to get to see your new tattoo? It sounds amazing!
    I feel like busy is an understatement for your month, I hope September was a little more chill and that you’re doing well!
    I bought the Night Circus this year on a whim, I’ve heard so many mixed things about the book, plus it’s been recommended to me numerous times so I’ll be reading it at some point.

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