August & September Reading Progress Report

Whoops, forgot to update last month! I’ve made some good progress on my book list.

Read in August:

Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
The Undateable by Sarah Title
[And half of Radical Candor by Kim Scott]

Read in September:

The Potlikker Papers by John Edge
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford

Books read so far: 22

% of year complete: 75%

% of challenge complete: 92%

July reading project progress report

I finished four books from the (updated) list in July.
You Are a Badass at Making Money, Jen Sincero
Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Sherman Alexie
Hunger, Roxane Gay

I also read the introductory chapter of Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Harari. Given all the other things I want to read, I’m unlikely to finish this, but I did find the intro intriguing and well-written. If you’re particularly interested in post-human stuff or the ethics of biotechnology, check this out.

Books read so far: 17

% of year complete: 58.33%

% of challenge complete: 71%



General reading project update

I was just about to post saying I’m giving up the Amazon list project, since I’m interested in reading more recent books these days. Then Amazon announced their list of the best books so far this year (Jan-Jun). So I’m revising my rules to include any of those books as well as the 2016 best list.
In fact, I’ve already read 5 of the books on the list. So those combined with the 8 I’d already done of the original project puts me at 13. And I’m partway through the book on the eruption of Mount St Helens, which I plan to finish. So that gives me 10 more to read from the new list.

Books already read this year from the 2017 list:
The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir, by Ariel Levy
Unshakable, by Tony Robbins
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann
Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables, by Joshua McFadden
Hard Hitter, by Sarina Bowen

Books read so far: 13

% of year complete: 50%

% of challenge complete: 54%

March book report

This month I finished two books:

Miss Jane: A Novel, by Brad Watson
The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Books read this month: 2

Books read so far: 7

% of year complete: 25%

% of challenge complete: 29%

February book report

I didn’t finish any books on my list in January, so I guess it was a good thing I started in December! I finished one book in February and have a couple more in progress.

This month I finished Dimestore: A Writer’s Life, by Lee Smith.

Books read this month: 1

Books read so far: 5

% of year complete: 17%

% of challenge complete: 21%

A little pre-reading (December progress report)

Happy New Year! I’ve had some time off recently and have been able to get cracking on my 2017 book list before the year even officially started. I finished these books on the list in December:

My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir, by Chris Offutt

My grade: B. Compelling, well-written, but certainly not to everyone’s taste.

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, by Mary Roach

My grade: C. Normally I really enjoy Roach’s books, but I felt with this one she was reaching too hard for humor, which seemed particularly jarring given the subject matter.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond

My grade: A-. Thoughtful and full of details, this book told the stories of families in poor areas struggling to get by, and the economic policies that affect them.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family, J. D. Vance

My grade: D. My dad recommended this to me, and I got to discuss it with him over the holidays. He and all of my extended family on both sides are from Appalachia, so I’ve spent a lot of time there. Vance’s family story certainly is dramatic, and he told his personal story effectively. But he didn’t convince me that the experiences that he had were particularly emblematic or representative of the area. It’s not that there aren’t a lot of problems there, some culturally self-inflicted, but I didn’t think his particular argument held water.

I just realized that all of these are non-fiction. Whoops. I’ll add in some novels next month, I promise!


Books read this month: 4

Books read so far: 4

% of year complete: 0%

% of challenge complete: 16%