22 August 2016

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: Late Summer & a Look at My eReader

8 Books on My eReaderWhat's with reading this summer?

Judging from my Twitter feed I am not alone in lamenting the slowdown in reading over the last few weeks. First we had week-long, back-to-back political conventions. Then, before we even had time to take a breath, it was time for the Summer Olympics.What's a reader to do?

My normal reading habits are to listen to an audiobook from the end of work until we sit down to eat dinner. Then I typically have a couple of hours for print/eReading until we cap off the evening with about an hour of TV.

Because we've just had about four weeks of nightly viewing, pretty much all my reading has been via audiobooks. I am soooo freakin behind in my print reading!

I plan to spend the next two weeks trying to make up some ground, but after Labor Day, I think I'll just move on to fall. Discouraging, I know.

Here's what's left on my eReader for August. Not sure what I'll tackle first.

8 Books on My eReaderThe Book by Keith Houston: The subtitle says it all: "A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time." (nonficiton; Norton).

Carousel Court by Joe McGinniss Jr.: A much-praised story about a young couple who moves to southern California only to find themselves struggling in the economic downturn. Each secretly schemes to reverse their fortunes. (fiction; Simon & Schuster)

How to Party with an Infant by Kaui Hart Hemmings: This novel focuses on a single mother who tries to find her footing in San Francisco by writing a cookbook and pretending she isn't upset that the father of her child is about to marry another woman. (fiction; Simon & Schuster)

Tell me Something Real by Calla Devlin: This new adult novel is about three very different sisters who are juggling college and early careers with caring for their gravely ill mother. (fiction; Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

The French War Bride by Robin Wells: Set in contemporary Louisiana with flashbacks to occupied France, this book is about how two women, now elderly and once rivals, fared in the postwar years. (historical fiction; Berkley)

The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe: An exploration of the importance of speech as a driving force in human cultural evolution. This is supposed to be controversial. (nonfiction; Little, Brown)

Seven Skeletons by Lydia Pyne: A look the evolution of humankind through the exploration of what we know about the lifestyles of seven significant fossil hominids. Apparently I'm reliving my former academic life. (nonfiction; Viking)

The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin by Stephanie Knipper: Set in Kentucky, this is the story of two sisters and a young girl with autism who has a special gift for healing. The book explores family, being different, and making sacrifices. (fiction; Algonquin)


Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 8/22/16, 7:15 AM  

I've heard good things about How to Party With An Infant! I'm sure I'll get to it though, as I got stuck in the Olympics hole like you did :) Just started my first Sept release.

Kailana 8/22/16, 7:29 AM  

I have not heard of any of these. Hope there are some winners in there!

Kathy Martin 8/22/16, 10:43 AM  

My reading pace was slower than normal this summer too. I'm blaming both the Olympics and house hunting for my slowdown. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Laurel-Rain Snow 8/22/16, 11:50 AM  

Finding time to read is very challenging, more so for people who still have jobs. Even the retired life (like mine) can be too busy at times.

I like the look of Tell Me Something Real.

I hope you enjoy all the books you read. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

Sue Jackson 8/22/16, 5:56 PM  

I'm not all that into the Olympics, plus we were traveling a lot lately, with a couple of very long air travel days...so I've been reading more than usual!

Looks like an eclectic variety on your Kindle TBR - lots of good books coming up for you!


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Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 8/22/16, 8:37 PM  

I wasn't wild about How to Party, but it's probably just me. The Tom Wolfe sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing your books with us. Here's hoping you get caught up on your reading!

Mystica 8/23/16, 2:22 AM  

I like the sound of the French Bride book.

Daryl 8/23/16, 8:12 AM  

these sound good .. i was re-reading The Dark Tower series and then i got side tracked and now i find myself not reading at all ... even tho i have downloaded several new pretty good books ... BIG SIGH

grammajudyb 8/23/16, 10:34 AM  

I am in a reading slump too. Woefully behind in my goal to read 60 books this year. I am in the middle of an audio book that is really good. The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. I find it difficult to listen when there are others around (always now that we are both retired). But I am enjoying it.

Iliana 8/23/16, 3:37 PM  

I know I can't believe Summer is almost over. Granted my reading doesn't change all that much between seasons. Hope you get to some of these books because they sound great and would love to read your reviews on them!

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