Monthly Reading for September

I haven’t had much to say, unfortunately, but I have been reading! And I’m hoping to get some more posts up in October.

Books read this month:

  • Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains (Helen Thomson)
  • Eat Up: Food, Appetite, and Eating What You Want (Ruby Tandoh)
  • The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered (Laura Auricchio)
  • Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence (Karen Armstrong)
  • Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture (Gaiutra Bahadur)
  • Whiskey When We’re Dry (John Larison)
  • Savage Season (Joe R. Lansdale)

Every book this month is marked “recommended” in my tracking notes. That may change by the end of the year when the recency bias wears off, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of these.

My current work-in-progress is a mystery novel, so Savage Season was an important read because it’s the first book in the Hap and Leonard series of mysteries. I need to refresh my feel for the structure and tempo of the genre. Savage Season was written in 1990 and is much shorter than modern mysteries are expected to be, but it was an excellent, tightly-written book and I think that’s the most important thing for getting my brain going in that direction.

Currently reading:

  • Mucho Mojo (Joe R. Lansdale)

The second Hap and Leonard book. There are ten in the series currently and I have a feeling I will chug through all of them while working on this project this quarter.