What I Read: August

I read 11 books in August. 6 were fiction, 5 were non-fiction. 1 on Kindle, 1 on Audiobook, the rest in print. Only one was a writer of color, so clearly I need to work on this. Trying to make the majority of books I read by writers of color in the next few months.

Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears Vol. 1: Baby Talk by Dennis Hopeless (2016).

Here’s all you need to know about this book: Spider-Woman is a pregnant superhero. It is just as awesome as you are now imagining.

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy (2016).

So happy for a second offering of my new favorite middle grades family. The Family Fletcher is two (white) dads, and four sons – all adopted, two white and two black. In this book, the family goes on their annual summer vacation to Rock Island, but are surprised by the changes on the island (the lighthouse is closed! they have new neighbors!).

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest (2015).

A really interesting mystery about a girl whose childhood friend died in a car accident, who suddenly starts seeing around town, art featuring Princess X, a character she created with the (dead?) friend. A mix of comic and text and a total page turner.

Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City by Natalie Hopkinson (2012).

Go-Go is a musical style that originated (and remains most popular) in the DC area. This was an interesting look at both the music and the racial history of DC the second half of the 1900s.

Lumberjanes: Out of Time by Shannon Watters (2016).

Fourth volume of the Lumberjanes series. Always worth reading.

Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman (2015).

I listened to this book on audiobook for Task 6 of Read Harder 2016 (Read a biography). It was an interesting look at the education and legal careers of the first two women on the Supreme Court – and at the friendship between the two.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Volume 1: BFF by Amy Reeder (2016).

Once I heard that 9 year old, Lunella Lafayette, aka Moon Girl, had been declared the smartest girl in the Marvel universe, I knew I had to read this book! A great addition to the strong, diverse cast of female superheroes these days!

Spectacles by Sue Perkins (2015).

A very funny memoir by one of the hosts of the Great British Bake Off. I totally enjoyed it. If you are interested in reading, let me know. I don’t think it was published here in the U.S. – I ordered by copy used off Amazon.

Prez Vol. 1 by Mark Russell (2016).

A satirical political comic about a teenager elected President at a time when voting on Twitter is allowed! Dark but weirdly hopeful.

Dimestore: A Writer’s Life by Lee Smith (2016).

Thoroughly enjoyable memoir of growing up in Appalachian Virginia, with parents who were “kindly nervous” and Smith’s development of herself as an author. Although I grew up in the “urban” rather than rural South, Smith really captured some truths about my own experience as a Southerner. I got this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer’s program.

Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen by Philip Dray (2010).

I had been wanting to read this book for a while – Reconstruction is an era I probably haven’t read about since elementary school and I’m a bit of politics nerd – hazard of being a legislative researcher. It didn’t disappoint – really interesting look at the history of an era of hope and change and violence and regression. I counted this for Task 21 of Read Harder 2016.

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What I Read: August

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