Books – August Roundup

This is bad.  This is very bad.  I am SIX books behind my goal for the year.  Unless things change dramatically, and I start cheating by reading childrens books, this could get ugly by the end of the year.


Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

A while back I read Semple’s other book, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”, and I really enjoyed it.  So when I was looking for something not quite as long to read, this came up as available, and pounced on it right away.  It’s got Semple’s now familiar to me setting of Seattle, with couples who have one child and are trying to figure out professional and personal responsibilities in the modern world and… yeah.  It’s not on the same level as WYGB?, but if you enjoyed that one it’s worth a shot.  The internet also tells me that this one is being made into a miniseries on HBO, which makes me feel even better about reading it ahead of that being released.

Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

A non-fiction book about productivity, motivation, habits and making good choices in business and professional life, and in personal life too.  There were so many good nuggets of information that I know I’m going to forget going forward, but someone on Goodreads linked to this excellent summary of ideas in the book, which is long but gets everything.  For someone who has motivation problems, it was a good choice in reading material, but I don’t know how well it will affect me going forward.


The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Still.  Let’s not talk about it.  I’ve got hopes for finishing it soon since I’ve got some uninterrupted reading time on airplanes coming up but OH MY GOD WILL IT EVER END???

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

This is the author who wrote the Life of Pi, so I shouldn’t be surprised at how odd this book is so far… Odd, but good?  Reserving judgment for the end.


I don’t know what I’m going to do.  I think my best bet going forward is just to accept I may not make my goal.  Because I’m not sure doubling down and trying to finish stuff is actually feasible?  Perhaps it’s time to pull out some graphic novels I’ve been sitting on waiting to read…

2 Comment

  1. Beverly says: Reply

    Welcome to my world!! HAHA!

  2. […] book reminded me a lot of Smarter, Faster, Better, which I read back in August.  Which is funny because last month when I had just started reading […]

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