August was a month full of changes! In the first week of the month I moved from my parents’ house back to my college town of Buffalo, where I finally moved into an apartment with Tom and started my first grown-up job! I’m still adjusting to my new schedule — after two weeks of training, I just started working my regular Saturday through Tuesday week — so my blogging has been a bit sporadic. I’ll get into the rhythm soon! The 10-hour work days are kind of rough, but I love having a three-day weekend — even if it’s during the middle of the week! I’m so happy to be back in Buffalo; it’s great to see Tom every day after more than a year of long-distance, and it’s nice to be near my friends again! I feel like everything has finally fallen into place, and it’s wonderful.
I also ran my first 5K in August! Kind of. I signed up for The Color Run many months ago, and I started running over the summer to get in shape. However, I wound up not really running at all during the month before my move (because of ridiculous heat wave followed by tons of rain followed by packing/moving), so I was totally out of shape for the run. But I went with Tom and my best lady/college roomie, and we had a lot of fun jogging incredibly slowly and getting all colored up! And doing the run inspired me to actually start running again after the laziness that set in after moving! So yay!
Now on to the reading recap!
Necessary Errors — Caleb Crain
Tampa — Alissa Nutting
The Returned — Jason Mott
Burial Rites — Hannah Kent
The Last Girlfriend on Earth — Simon Rich
– This month: 1,549
– Year to date: 13,359
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara. This novel is presented as the memoir of Norton Perina, a scientist who in 1950 discovered a Micronesian tribe with a valuable secret. Once the scientific community finds out about his discovery, the island is torn apart by pharmaceutical companies. And Perina, our unreliable narrator, has a secret of his own. This is a dark, twisty, fantastic book.
Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain. This long, meandering novel tells the story of Jacob, a young American expat on a quest for self-discovery in Prague, a year after Czechoslovakia’s revolution. I loved the way Crain evokes the setting, and I enjoyed reading about Jacob’s friendships with fellow expats, but the long, analytical philosophical conversations were sometimes tedious.
Tampa by Alissa Nutting. This book, about a sexy 26-year old woman who becomes a teacher to seduce 14-year-old boys, has been one of the most buzzed about books of the year. I was excited to finally read it, but it didn’t live up to the hype. Although the concept is interesting, I think Tampa is popular more because it’s controversial than because it’s good.
The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich. This is a hilarious collection of short stories about the ups and downs of relationships and the quest for love. Including stories about a program for young men in danger of long distance relationships and missed connections ads written by dogs, these stories are totally absurd and absolutely fun to read.
“I Don’t Understand People Who Don’t Read,” and Other Nonesense: I got a little bit ranty about book snobbery. There was some really excellent discussion in the comments, and I’m thrilled people were so eager to share their own perspectives!
Bout of Books Read-a-Thon: This was my first time participating in Bout of Books, and I loved it! My only goal was to bump my average number of pages per day up from 50 to 70, and I totally kicked ass! I read an average of 104 pages each day, completed two books, and made good progress on two more!
Books added to my collection
The lovely Jen of The Relentless Reader was kind enough to send me her galley of Tampa by Alissa Nutting when I was having trouble getting ahold of a copy.
I also won a copy of A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout from GoodReads and received review copies of The Returned by Jason Mott, Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford, Mind Without a Home by Kristina Morgan, and The Round House by Louise Erdrich for TLC Blog Tours!
I don’t have any life plans for September, but I will be reading The Round House, Songs of Willow Frost, and Mind Without a Home, finishing The Age of Innocence (which I’m having some trouble getting into), and reading a few books from my TBR shelf!
What did you read in August? Any plans for September?