A series of four mini reviews

It’s been a rough, busy few weeks/months.

I won’t bore you with the details, but the end of July, August, and beginning of September has consisted of:

  • Projects around the house
  • A very sick cat (and a lot of stress)
  • A vacation in northern Michigan
  • A roller derby weekend trip in even-further-northern Michigan
  • Labor Day weekend in Cincinnati
  • A noticeable uptick at work in which I have, for the first time in years, felt compelled to work at home in the evening

I’ve been reading, but in shorter bursts than I’m used to. And I’ve definitely not been reviewing, which is always a disappointment, personally, given that these “reviews” are how I process the books the read, not to mention remember plot and the odd bits that stuck with me. We read so much over the years, it’s nice to have a record somewhere.

But then you let one book review slide, then you finish another book, and another … and another. Then, you realize you’re four books behind and it’s like … *throws up the hands*

So, in an attempt to catch up – and because I’m sort of stalled on reading at the moment, with my fall reading list not finished – here’s a quick look at what I’ve been reading this past month:

The Executionner’s Song, by Norman Mailer

  • Genre: Fiction
  • Year: 1979
  • Project: n/a (although, it needs to be part of the Big Books Project – more than 1,000 pages!)
  • Reading List: Pulitzer Prize Winners, Summer 2015
  • Grade: B+

The Lost Continent, by Bill Bryson

  • Genre: Travel, Humor
  • Year: 1989
  • Project: n/a
  • Reading List: Summer 2015
  • Grade: B-

Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann

  • Genre: Fiction
  • Year: 2009
  • Project: n/a
  • Reading List: National Book Award Winners, Summer 2015
  • Grade: A

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

  • Genre: Fiction
  • Year: 2014
  • Project: n/a
  • Reading List: Summer 2015, 100 Best Books of the Decade (So Far)
  • Grade: A (a very surprising, thrilling ‘A’ at that)

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