July has been full of books; that said, I've only read two. It's usually my wont in an effort to get myself out of a funk to buy or check out a ton or stuff, looking for inspiration and to get out of my reading rut.
I only bought one book, and honestly I forgot I purchased it. Academic Exercises by KJ Parker was one I pre-ordered a while ago and when it arrived it was a very pleasant surprise. Her novels haven't really worked for me, but I love her short stories so I'm hoping for the best.
Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh was a birthday gift. This is without doubt the coolest looking book I own. To the point where I feel bad for those with e-readers as they never got to see it. Cool as it is, I admit to having to take this dust jacket off when I actually sit down to read it, but damn, it's cool. It's also sci-fi, which I probably never would have picked up of my own volition but I know the giver of this gift knows my taste so I wouldn't be surprised if I love it.
I checked out five young adult novels from the library, each of which could feasibly be read in a day or two, all of which I'm excited about. Lastly I got three poetry books from the library ranging from 'thick' 'medium' to 'thin.' I read slowly. I read poetry very slowly, so I've no plans to get through this small stack quickly, but hopefully I'll find some good stuff.
As to what I've actually read in July, there isn't much to report. I knocked out a few more stories from Better living Through Plastic Explosives and I'm about halfway through Love in a Time of Cholera--which is the huge and dense and dense and huge. My most odd bit of reading this month was A Street of Clocks by Thomas Lux, a poet who I really like and has been my 'go-to' since discovering I liked poetry, except I didn't care for anything in this collection. It's a collection like this that really makes me wish I could express myself better about poetry so I could say what didn't work for me, despite all the books critical acclaim. Oh well…
Much as I'm excited to skip to the new stuff, I really want to clean up loose ends and finish Better Living Through Plastic Explosives and Love in the Time of Cholera, that said, August--usually my best reading month of the year--has potential.