August goal:

I’ll commit to 4 books this month, though that feels like a stretch right now.


What I read: 

  1. Action ParkAndy Mulvihill w Jake Rossen
  2. Over the TopJonathan Van Ness (audiobook)
  3. Scrappy Little Nobody—Anna Kendrick (audiobook)
  4. To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee

Excuse(s) for Not Reading More: August was a tough month around here and I did fine.

Diversity? Two celebrity memoir audiobooks, a nonfiction tell-all, and a classic novel.

Star Ratings: Based on the flat stars Goodreads displays in list-view, not the quarter-star system I assign in my reviews.

  • 5 stars:  4 books
  • 4 stars: 13 books
  • 3 stars:  11 books
  • 2 stars:  2 books
  • 1 star: 1 book
  • 0 stars: 0 books
  • Abandoned: 0 books
  • Not rated: 0 books

Pages Read: (does not include abandoned books, edited manuscripts, etc.)

  • January – 1085
  • February – 880
  • March – 1753 (in part due to an audiobook that I started way back mid-February)
  • April – 837
  • May – 789
  • June – 1333
  • July – 1702
  • August – 1219

Reading Goals:

1. Read 48 books I’m caught up, though I expect not for long. (my Goodreads Challenge)

2. Decrease my TBR – 

  • Jan 1 – 77 physical22 Kindle
  • Feb 3 – 74/22
  • Mar 2 – 74/26
  • Apr 16 – 73/26
  • May 1 – 73/26 (no change)
  • Jun 1 – 72/27
  • Jul 1 – 72/26
  • Aug 6 – 72/26
  • Aug 31 – 71/25

3. Read 12 not-novels – Nonfiction, poetry, essays, or fiction anthologies all count.

  • Jan – 2 (pocket quotes, nonfiction zen)
  • Feb – 0
  • Mar – 2 (vignettes, audiobook/memoir)
  • Apr – 1 (audiobook/memoir)
  • May – 0
  • Jun – 1 (book of speeches)
  • Jul – 3 (graphic novel/memoir, social activism, essay)
  • Aug – 2 (1 nonfiction, 2 audiobook/memoir)

I never would’ve made it to 4 books without listening to audiobooks during jigsaw puzzles, but I’m fine with that. I also edited 50 pages of a manuscript, which means I read it 3 or 4 times (roughly the equivalent of another full-length book). This month has the potential to be wild, so I’ll set a goal of 4 books for September and try to stay on pace.

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