August goal:

I’ve finished a book I started in late July, so I’m going to set a goal of 3 total. I want one of those to be some sort of collection/anthology. I still have a lot of editing to finish over the next couple of weeks so I don’t want to be too ambitious.


What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge)

She’s Not There – PJ Parrish

2.5* (Aug 2)
Review

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

4.5* (Aug 7)
Review

Slumber Party – Christopher Pike

2* (Aug 10)
Review

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

3.5* (Aug 29)
Review

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy – Kelly Jensen

3* (Aug 30)
Review (on Goodreads)

(I finished this after I completed my last Friday Reads post so here’s the review)

I bought this on impulse and I’m not sure what I was expecting. It was a worthwhile read if only to extend my understanding of how mental health affects people in different ways. I already knew that, but reading more specific examples is always good for broadening my knowledge.

I’m not sure that I found the book particularly helpful or life-changing, but I appreciate the effort to present the situations people live through in hopes that something will help a reader, if only to not feel so alone.


Excuse(s) for Not Reading More: I did really well. This doesn’t even count the 105k-word novel I edited.

Diversity? Essays and a bunch of stabby mysteries set in various eras.

Star Ratings: I base this on the flat stars Goodreads displays in list-view, not the quarter-star system I assign in my reviews. (I made it to July this year before realizing I’d screwed up the math somewhere along the way.)

  • 5 stars:  6 books
  • 4 stars:  10 books
  • 3 stars:  13 books
  • 2 stars:  1 book
  • 1 star: 0 books
  • 0 stars: 0 books
  • Abandoned: 2 books
  • Not rated: 0 books

Pages Read: (does not include abandoned books, edited manuscripts, or Coffin Bell)

  • January – 993
  • February – 1232
  • March – 454 (ouch)
  • April – 1615
  • May – 1248
  • June – 1076
  • July – 375 (ewww)
  • August – 1603

Coffin Bell Submissions: I used to include these because they took up so much of my time. I resigned my position as their short story editor in March so I could prioritize other projects.

  • January
    • 20 short stories
  • February
    • 14 short stories
    • 1 CNF (creative nonfiction)
  • March
    • 15 short stories

Reading Goals:

1. Read 40 books I’m 5 books ahead with 31 books (which includes a book I finished Sept. 1)

2. Decrease my TBR – 

  • Jan 1 – 73 physical21 Kindle
  • Feb 1 – 71 / 22
  • Mar 4 – 71/22 (huh)
  • Apr 3 – 73/23 (it was my birthday month)
  • May 1 – 73/23 (how?!?!)
  • Jun 1 – 72/22 (it was a good month for reading books I already own)
  • Jul 1 – 71/22 (surprising – I visited 2 bookstores this weekend)
  • Aug 4 – 71/22
  • Sept 3 – 71/23

3. Read 6 short story/essay/poetry collections – I wanted to double that if possible. Not sure that’s going to happen.

August was a great reading month, especially considering I had a huge editing project. I’ve finished one book already for September, but I also have a bunch of travel and a final round of edits on a novel so I don’t want to be too optimistic. I’m setting a goal of 3 books for September—and planning for Poe-tober!

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