What I Read in August

The List by Jade Chang feels kind of preposterous to include as “book” since it’s an essay that comes in ebook format, but my rule is: if Goodreads says it’s a book, I concur. And this was fun! I love Jade Chang and will read whatever she releases.

Dot Journaling by Rachel Wilkerson Miller inspired me to really take up the practice, more commonly known as bullet journaling. I’d tried it a little bit before and incorporated certain elements into my to-do lists, but this inspired me to go all out with the core ideas. Because I’m so late to this blog post, I can tell you that 2+ months later my journal is an incredibly useful daily companion. I’m glad this book got me started with it.

I’d been excited about Sherry Thomas’s Lady Sherlock series since I heard it existed, and it took me approximately forever to get through the library queue for A Study in Scarlet Women. I can’t be that upset, though, because it came at just the right time: I was starting a new job and this was a very fun escape to mystery/intrigue/descriptions of buttery pastries. Was it a little long, did I not really remember who any of the characters were, were some of the plot choices questionable? Sure. But did I just sort of float along enjoying it and then place a hold for the next one? Absolutely.

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton was so, so much fun. Creepy & funny & just… really unlike anything else I’ve read in recent memory. I’d placed a hold based on some random internet recommendation and didn’t know anything about it. I couldn’t put it down and ended up talking about it to anyone who would listen. I just read Burton’s (extremely cool) bio and now I’m thoroughly excited for her next book, too.

Sourdough by Robin Sloan hooked me from the beginning. It helped a little that the protagonist was a lady software developer from Michigan! I raced through the first 3/4 or so of the book, and then the ending let me down. But I still think about this book when I feed my sourdough starter, so there’s that.