July was one of the best months so far for reading. I finished 13 books, due in part to my taking part in BooktubeAThon, which motivated me to read 6 books in 7 days. I was going for 7 (the challenge goal) or 8 books (the goal I set for myself) but I am pretty pleased with how I did with that challenge. In August, I will be participating in another weeklong reading event, this time called the 7-in-7 Readathonand I plan to try again. More on that later. For now, let’s just celebrate the 13 books I did read in July.
- The Physics of Everyday Things – a walk through a normal day of a person living in a modern city with advanced technology and show the different principles of physics that were at work in each machine. (Reviewed here)
- Rubbing Stones – a US family and a family from Botswana, both have teenaged boys in trouble and when they meet on an African safari trip, their problems intensify. (Reviewed here)
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – a young woman making peace with her family for her uncharacteristically difficult childhood.
- The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Nighttime – a teenaged savant investigates the murder of the neighbor’s dog and writes a journal about what he is learning about his family during the process.
- The Dip is about figuring out what to do when you’re in a project that isn’t working out – whether to quit or to dig in your heels and give it your all.
- Girl In Snow – a popular teen girl has been murdered and several of the suspects reveal clues that might either help solve or complicate the investigation. (Reviewed here)
- In Man Tiger, a murder has been committed but through a series of flashbacks and remembrances, detailing family histories, the role of victim and aggressor are challenged.
- Here And Gone – a young mother is arrested after a traffic stop in Arizona and loses track of her children’s whereabouts. (Reviewed here)
- A Tale For The Time Being (2013 Man Booker Prize finalist) is part novel, part non-fiction where the middle aged author(and main character) finds the diary of a teenaged Japanese girl and their lives intersect as she reads it.
- New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 is a collection of short stories comparing life in the two cities, and the sacrifices and compromises one makes to experience one or the other.
- Annie John is a series of reflections of a young girl growing up in Antigua and trying to understand her mother both within the context of home and as compared to the other people she interacts with.
- The Song of Hannah is a biblical historical fiction surrounding Hannah, mother of Samuel in the Old Testament.
- The Sellout (2014 Man Booker Prize winner) – an African American man trying to resolve his childhood issues now that his father has passed away, and exploring race, history and family in both a scholarly and comical way.
Of the 13 books, they can be organized in any of the following ways:
- 11 Fiction
- 2 Non Fiction
- 1 collection of short stories
- 2 thrillers
- 1 business
- 1 science
- 1 historical fiction
- 7 literary fiction
- 2 electronic
- 11 print
All in all, I had a good reading month. Click to watch my YouTube video where I ramble a little more about my reading.