Saturday, July 31, 2021

July: Books I read


If It Bleeds by Stephen King (library) I started it thinking it was a full book, but it is short stories. I got so confused! LOL (there was character cross-over) but enjoyable as always for King.
The Witches are Coming by Lindy West (library) essays by Lindy West about being a woman and feminist and how we need to stop being nice. Great reading for everyone
Flora by Gail Godwin (library) Coming of age story and one of my favorites. Rereading this one from years ago. 
Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves (library) I enjoy Vera as a protagonist. But the books can sometimes be slow to engage. The stories are worth it in the end. 
Ripper by Isabel Allende (library) thriller set in San Francisco, just okay.
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (library) sprawling novel about a female aviator sort of like an Amelia Earhart. I liked it
Beach Read by Emily Henry (library) Two very different authors step out of their comfort zones and try to write in the other's style. 
Every Little Crook and Nanny by Evan Hunter (library) fun little crime novel (Evan Hunter is also Ed McBain) 
The President's Kitchen Cabinet by Adrian Miller (library) From  George Washington to Barack Obama, the story of the African Americans who have fed the White House.  
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes (library) Greys Anatomy creator, Shonda Rhimes spends a year saying yes to the things that frighten her (she is an introvert! Who knew?) 
Super Host by Kate Russo (library) a man who rents his house out on an Airbnb style app interacts with the renters in different ways. set in London
To Die For by Joyce Maynard (library) the book that the movie was based on and a fun read. 
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman (audiobook) So I usually really enjoy his books, there are often quirky characters that you grow to love and there is usually an uplifting message. This book was a downer. It is about rival hockey teams and how they destroy the towns where they live. It was just sad sad sad and depressing and I did not get an uplift at the end. 
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (library) So it was great fun to finish up the month with this book. I really enjoyed it. 

Oh and August is Hike-a-thon month!! I hope I can count on all of you this year for support. Any amount from $1 to $100 is welcome. You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

 or you can send me a check (made out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) or just a dollar in the mail would be very welcome. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this cause in the past and hopefully again this year!

to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

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