Reading Life

Total Books Read: 12

Audiobooks: 7

Books outside of my typical genres: 7

Best of the Month: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (forthcoming in 2018 and oh so worth putting on your to-read stack) and The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi. Also adored meeting Flavia de Luce in The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie.

2017 so far

This month I tried to read a bit outside my normal boundaries, so I picked up a romance novel, a few horror books, some middle grade, and the first book of a popular, kilt-including series that everyone seems to adore. I’m enjoying the trip outside my comfort zones of contemporary lit, YA, and sci-fi, but I don’t think the kilt series, in particular, will be continued. I don’t have as much passion for it as its pages contain.

Writing Life

I’m committed to a new bookish project, but had to outline another early in the month when inspiration hit. I have a two books mostly or fully outlined, but of course the project I’ve got on the burner now has a slightly uncertain road map. I’m about 25k into the first draft and want to finish the first draft by the end of the year if I can.

Published a review of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng with PLOUGHSHARES. They were an absolute delight to work with, and I can’t wait to do it again soon.

My previous months of reading on Wonder Woman led a piece that will be forthcoming in publication I’m really excited about! I’ll post a link when it’s out.

Life, etc

Touristy train rides taken: 1

Soccer games cheered at: 3

My preschooler’s skipped nap to my early bedtime ratio this month: 1:1

Minutes spent on Twitter this month: 1, and feeling happier for it

Date nights with husband that went awry: 1

All in all, it hasn’t been an excellent month. A few awesome things: started watching Star Trek (TNG) for the first time and my trivia team dominated a local trivia night. Still, I’m not sad to say farewell to September. May October bring us all peace, joy, and candy.