I didn’t get a ton of reading done toward the end of the month but was more prolific than I realized.
Escape from Virtual Island by John Lutz
More of an audio drama but weird, fun, and funny. 4/5
Cold Cuts by Robert Payne Cabeen
I went into detail elsewhere how much I hated it. I generously gave it half a star for an interesting idea. 0.5/5
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Published in 2014, it occasionally felt like a piece of the era but is still very relevant. 4/5
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller
A fun and interesting thru-hiking memoir. Compared to the vlogs I’m watching now, a lot has changed about gear and tech but a lot has stayed the same. Still disappointed he didn’t chose Corvette as a trail name. 4/5
Survive the Night by Riley Sager
A story that plays with the road trip from hell and unreliable narrator tropes. I liked the plot but felt it would have been better in more capable hands. 3/5
I made it 40% through The Plague Year: America in the Time of COVID by Lawrence Wright before getting too mad to continue. The gross mismanagement, the lives it cost, and the damage still being done enrages me. I need some distance.
I quit another audio memoir toward the end of the month. Podcasts were taking up a ton of space on my phone so I listened to those for the rest of the month.
2 weeks in August will be spent on vacation so I’m hoping to get more reading done then.
The spawn still loves being read to. We got him Spooky Pookie by Sandra Boynton. He loves any book where I get to shout “Boo!” at him. If I randomly yell “Boo!” and startle him, he grins right after he jumps.
Upwards by Laurie Apgar Chandler
It’s another ‘person has adventure in nature’ memoir but this one is for the area we’re having our vacation in. I thought that would be a fun touch.
Worst Laid Plans edited by Samantha Kolesnik
An anthology of vacation horror. I discovered this on Bookstagram. It gives me summer vibes.
The Pants of Perspective by Anna McNuff
I’m about a quarter of the way through this memoir of a Brit running the length of New Zealand. I’d like to finish it but I worry about getting burnt out on adventure memoirs.
I think the reason I like adventure memoirs so much right now is a mix of COVID and the weather. We can’t travel or go most places due to COVID. While I may be on the edge of what’s considered The South, our summer is very southern. Above a certain few point, I don’t go outside unless it’s absolutely necessary.
It’s such a favorite genre that I don’t want to get burned out on it. I may need a break come September. Maybe a magical school book…