Books – July 2018 Roundup

So I continue to be back on the “finishing a few books a month” bandwagon, except the ones I finished this month were two longer ones and then a couple of comic volumes.  I will definitely get to an average of 2 books per month at the rate I’m going, and potentially 3, but I’m thinking that averaging out to 4 books per month is going to be a challenge by December 31, let alone the goal of 5.5 that I set myself.  Unless I start to count baby board books.  How many times do I need to read The Pout Pout Fish before it counts towards my reading goal for the year?


The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

My book club book for the month of August.  This is truly a bizarre and fascinating story, as it guides us through North Korea through the eyes of one man who is the unacknowledged son of the Orphan Master.  We see many different aspects of North Korean paranoia and treachery – how they kidnap people that they want for their society, the rudimentary methods of spying they employ, and the truly bizarre world of DPRK high leadership under Kim Jong Il.  The final section is probably the most confusing and also amazing, as it’s told three ways at once – through our protagonist, through an interrogator, and through the announcements that come across the loudspeaker to the North Korean people.  An excellent book that made me gawk and also laugh with phrases like “communist fervor”.

Saga – Volumes 7 and 8 by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan

I love love love this series.  Comixology recently had a sale on Image comics, and since Saga is an imprint by them, I took advantage and picked up all the issues I could that were within the sale that I was missing.  This story is just amazing, and mind-bending and beautiful.  I know I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – if you are at all interested in comics and want a way to get into them, this is an excellent entry point because it feels more like an epic novel than just some silly comic book.

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

I don’t chat with my boss a lot about what I’m reading, but I think we were talking about watching and enjoying Endeavour on PBS, and she recommended this series of mysteries.  This is the first, and it’s about a lady detective in London in the late 1920s who was a nurse during WWI.  I think this particular book is trying to set things up for future stories by laying all the groundwork for who Maisie is and what she experienced that led her to become the detective she is.  Some of it felt tedious, but I’ve got high hopes that the series improves.  Also, there are a bunch of them, and while it wasn’t the quickest book in the world, and I also messed up in my borrowing (somehow only took it out for 14 days instead of the normal 21), I think I will try to get the next book in the series at some point.


China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

More fluffy rich-people in Asia stories.  It’s all very fascinating, and I read a profile of the author (he’s doing publicity in anticipation of the movie version of CRA coming out), and suddenly so much of the book makes sense now.


A funny story to finish things up – for the second time this year, I’ve managed to have a hold of Hilary Clinton’s “What Happened” waiting for me on the library app.  And both times I’ve managed to forget to go ahead and “borrow” it so I could actually listen.  This past time I had the app open, and was going to press “borrow”, but then decided to hold off an hour or so until the very last minute so I would have the longest checkout time with it possible.  And I failed to remember to go back and press that button.  I am a complete dummy.  It’s another 9 weeks or so on the waitlist for me.

Also – I’m using a new app for eAudiobooks that the library recommends called “Libby”.  Way back when I did a guide to using Overdrive.  If I did a guide to how to use Libby to your advantage (once I really dig myself in and figure it out), would that be of interest to anyone?

4 Comment

  1. Lauren says: Reply

    I have both Libby and Overdrive and TBH I have no idea why anyone would choose one over the other. Right now I continue to use Overdrive because it’s familiar, and Libby doesn’t seem different enough to make a switch…? (If I could insert a shrugging emoji here I would!) so if you have any tips/ideas/opinions about why Libby might be better, I would be interested!

  2. Nicole says: Reply

    The second my library alerted me that I could start using Libby instead of Overdrive, I tried to switch. I hate Overdrive so much but it was kinda the only app to use for borrowing from libraries. I would definitely like to hear how Libby is working for you because it didn’t work at all after I downloaded it a few months ago. Maybe the bugs have been fixed by now. I was terribly disappointed when it didn’t work and I had to continue with Overdrive. :/
    BTW, this may be a conversation for text, but you do still have my copy of Cursed Child. That could be a quicky to get through to help you meet your goal! (Plus I haven’t read it yet myself and will probably take it back next time we see each other lol).

    1. maggie says: Reply

      Definitely have it on my nightstand. I will definitely try to read it, but if I don’t, am happy to give it back after nearly a year!!!

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