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August Wrap-Up and September Reading List

August Wrap-Up and September Reading List

The beginning of September means two things: First, our annual trip back to school on the Hogwarts Express. And second: August’s reading wrap-up and the list of books up next in September. Here’s what I’m getting cozy with to kick off my fall.


What I read in August

I took a week-long staycation in August, which was the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long, long time. In that week, I read 8 books, took 3 yoga classes, and that’s about it. So that really helped push my otherwise slow reading month forward; all in all, I read 11 books this past month.

  1. An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo, first Native American Poet Laureate of the US
    Rating: 5 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You love poetry, especially poetry that comes from diverse backgrounds.

  2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    Rating: 4 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You love a good story about love, drugs, and rock-and-roll. I especially recommend this one as an audiobook, because it’s written like a script and the voice acting was phenomenal.

  3. Elements of Fiction by Walter Mosley
    Rating: 3 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You like to read about writing, or about how fiction comes together as you read.

  4. The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna by Mira Ptacin
    Rating: 4.25 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You want a great non-fiction read that will teach you something new, and if you love the idea of badass women leading a full-on religion despite it all.

  5. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
    Rating: 4.5 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You love a magical story full of whimsy. Bonus, it’s a standalone novel (rare for fantasy).

  6. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
    Rating: 4.25 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You love a character-driven story, especially when that story is a no-f*cks-given old lady who always lived her best life.

  7. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
    Rating: Not Giving One (full review to find out why)
    For you if: You want to read about specific women’s experiences with desire and sexuality. (Not for you if you’re looking for a “complete portrait” of women’s desire, as this book markets itself to be.)

  8. Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis
    Rating: 5 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You want a phenomenal historical fiction novel about queer women that will make you feel all sorts of ways.

  9. There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald
    Rating: 4 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You love a good memoir that’s raw, honest, and diverse.

  10. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
    Rating: 5 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You’re looking to feel, and to feel more deeply about things that are hard to open ourselves up to. Namely: the trauma of the Syrian civil war.

  11. Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
    Rating: 5 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You’re ready to throw yourself into a long work of literary fiction that pays dividends for your patience.


My September TBR

I will almost definitely not make it through all of these. But I’m going to try!

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  1. Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
    This one comes out tomorrow, September 3. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy.

  2. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
    Book club pick for my office and for Girs’ Night In!

  3. Slay by Brittney Morris
    This one looks SOOOO GOOD. Publishing September 24.

  4. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    His first novel. Publishing September 24 as well — thanks NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy.

  5. Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McColloch
    Thank you to Riverhead Books for the free copy in exchange for a review.

  6. Survive and Resist: The Definitive Guide to Dystopian Politics by Amy L. Atchison
    Thank you to Columbia University Press for the free copy in exchange for a review.

  7. Cursed by Thomas Wheeler
    Publishing October 1! A “cinematic twist on the tale of King Arthur created by Thomas Wheeler and legendary artist, producer, and director Frank Miller (300, Batman: The Dark Night Returns, Sin City).”

  8. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    So many have loved this one!

  9. My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
    On the Booker Prize and Women’s Prize longlists!

  10. Furyborn by Claire Legrand
    A re-read for me, and a buddy read with some friends to prep for reading its sequel next.

  11. Normal People by Sally Rooney
    On my Book of the Month backlist.

  12. No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy
    On my Next Big Idea Club backlist.

  13. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
    On my Next Big Idea Club backlist.

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