You may have noticed, but I skipped out on doing a July reading wrap up since I read so little that month. Between moving and being out of town, I really hit a reading slump last month and only read two books. And even though I only read three books this month, I got half-way through two others, and I feel like I’m back in the reading game. Let’s get started!
1. Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
A well-written auto-biography from Steve Jobs’ “forgotten” daughter, Small Fry is an eye-opening read. Brennan-Jobs shares stories of her childhood and the strange way she and her estranged father used to interact. I’ve never been a Jobs fanatic, so I wasn’t going into this expecting anything, but I still felt for Lisa when her father didn’t live up to her wildly low expectations. It’s not a fun read by any means, but it’s an important one that helped me learn about different family dynamics and expectations.
2. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
I thought this was going to keep being my favorite recent YA series, but this book was kind of a letdown. It felt like nothing really happened even though it was chock full of adventures and battles. It felt like a filler book to me, so I’m highly anticipating the final (maybe?) book in the series. If you don’t know, the Ember in the Ashes series follows a Scholar slave, Laia, and a warrior boy, Elias, as their lives intertwine to save the empire in the most unexpected ways. The first two books were phenomenal, so I’m excited to see how the series ends.
3. Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
I really loved this book. Between You & Me was the perfect blend of grammar education and personal anecdotes from a New Yorker copy-editor. She honestly probably has my dream job, so it was really interesting to read about how her brain worked, the grammar rules that bother her the most (personally, I hate that you shouldn’t end a sentence in a preposition), and that she struggles to this day about some of the rules she should have had a grasp on for years. I wish some of the grammar rules had been explained a little better, but overall, a really fantastic book for anyone interested in copy editing, the life of an editor, or punctuation.
What have you been reading these last few months? Let me know in the comments below.