What I'm Reading: August

(I guess that should be in past tense.)

Here’s a selection of what I’ve been reading. It’s been a weird month and I’ve bookmarked so many things to read later. I haven’t read most of them later. Also it is September now, and I am not sure how that happened.

Fiction

The Brightest Lights of Heaven by Maria Haskins: I believe Haskins is a witch, her stories are spells, and I am in her thrall.

Signal by L.D. Lewis: I really loved this story about…actually, I won’t try to summarize. I really loved it. You might, too.

A Walk in the Sun by Jeffrey Landis: This is classic sci-fi (from 1990ish) and so I was predisposed to hate it because white cis men controlled the genre for too long, but it turns out it is fucking EXCELLENT.

Nonfiction

This is Literary: A Conversation with Taffy Brodesser-Akner by Sara Fredman: this piece is everything. EVERYTHING. Here is the money quote (which you have already seen me reference if you get my TinyLetter): “There’s never an idyllic moment. There’s never a beautiful moment when this book was written. There was never this moment when, if you had seen me, you would have been like, that’s a writer’s life. You would be like, oh my god, this poor woman. The ship has already sailed for either you or I to have clean, orderly lives.”

The Pregnant Scientist Who Raced Against Death to Transform Physics by Matt Grant: This one made me think of The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite, which is one of my recent favorite romance novels.

Comedy in the ‘90s, Part 1: Wayne’s World Starts the Party by Alan Siegel: Listen, I just really love Wayne’s World.

Want to Change the World? Talk to Kids by Jill Twiss: According to this article, which is a delightful story about becoming a children’s book author to save the world, I am an adult because I own two Dustbusters. I wish to register a complaint.

Books

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I am eight years late to this book. Not late, but…delayed. I have known about it for at least five of those years, and it was one of the 40 gifts I gave my husband on his 40th birthday nearly that long ago. It has been on our bookshelf since he read it, waiting for me. It was worth the wait.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow: This book comes out on September 10 and I have already read my ARC (advance reader copy) twice. It is so good. It’s about Doors and family and it is perfect.

His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler: Also out September 10, this book has 13 retellings of Edgar Allan Poe stories and poems, as well as containing the originals for easy reference. It’s fantastic. I’ve read about half of the retellings so far and they are perfection.