Saturday, October 2, 2021

September Wrap Up -- My September Books


I finally launched my own Zazzle store. Crazy, right? It’s not like my law practice gives me a lot of down time! But I need a creative outlet. I have a couple of product lines so far, but my favorite is a collection of gifts and stationery with images of old books from my own library. The mug in the picture above is an example. If you want to see more, find me on the Zazzle website at RoseCityEphemera. I’m excited about it!

When I wasn't playing with Zazzle, I managed to read ten books last month. They are listed below in the order I read them, not in the order they are stacked up in the picture.


The Choir by Joanna Trollope, cozy and wonderful. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody by Helen Pluckrose, which is not in the picture because I read the audiobook. This is an excellent book and a highlight of the month for me. Pluckrose is one of the three scholars, along with James A. Lindsay and Peter Boghossian, who submitted bogus "grievance studies" papers to peer reviewed journals and got many of them accepted and even published. It's worth looking up because the papers they got published are hilarious. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Uncommon Clay by Margaret Maron was a pretty decent mystery set in North Carolina. I read it with my ears so it isn't in the picture. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

An Alphabet for Gourmets by M. F. K. Fisher. This is a wonderful book of idiosyncratic food writing. It wandered off before I took the picture. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross, another highlight of the month. This one was lurking on my TBR shelf for a long time and I'm glad I finally read it. It is historical fiction at its best. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler. I'm an Anne Tyler completist, but I found this one disappointingly pointless. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Mystery and Manners by Flannery O’Connor, occasional nonfiction. This was admittedly a little repetitive, but still excellent. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

A Changed Man by Francine Prose, slightly subversive, a little edgy, and I loved it. It's the second of her books I've read and she's becoming a favorite. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Split Images by Elmore Leonard, which was typical Leonard but still good. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2

Slightly Foxed, Vol. 70, the recent summer edition, which I count so I can keep track of which ones I read. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน


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