September Books

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September is OVA! Let’s rejoice together. All the back-to-school crap for my kids is basically done, and I couldn’t be happier. I really loathe a full calendar. It stresses me out so much. I start having all these weird “anxiety episodes” as I spiral down the Daily Living Drain. In fact, I almost didn’t make it to the Christine and the Queens show this week, because I was freaking out. But, alas, my husband came through with the stabilizing sweet talk (accompanied by shrimp tacos and a mean margarita), and I was able to rally. We made it to the show after all, and it was everything I wanted it to be and more.

Shockingly, I feel like I was able to get back on track with the reading this month. Nine books in toto. I liked the premise of Leave Me, but it ended up being a pooper. Doctorow’s  Collected Stories didn’t hold up next to those beloved classic novels. Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday was phenomenal. Go read it RIGHT NOW. Take Pride really bored me, honestly. The Tea Planter’s Wife didn’t live up to the hype. (I should know better by now…) One of These Things First wasn’t life-changing, but it did intrigue me. More importantly, it’s one of the books that I still think about. Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave wasn’t nearly as funny as the author wanted it to be. Pachinko was solid. A Plea for the Animals horrified me and changed my eating habits. Overall, not a bad haul.

In other news, Amazon has announced some big changes. After expunging hundreds (maybe thousands) of reviewers for “manipulating reviews,” they’ve just announced that they no longer accept reviews in exchange for free products. Maybe you already noticed from browsing the site, but some sellers were giving free products to top reviewers in exchange for reviews. Most sellers didn’t demand five-star reviews, but I guess they often got them…probably because people get excited about free shit–even if it’s shitty free shit (cheapo selfie-sticks, anyone?!). I’m sure Amazon will continue removing reviewers who it believes manipulate the system, but it looks like The Beast is calming down. (Also, they finally updated rankings, and I’m in the Top 100. In the grand scheme of life, who cares? But it’s still kind of cool.)

As for me, you wouldn’t know it, but I have been slaving away with my own writing. It hasn’t exactly been flowing. I feel like I’ve been fighting major battles with myself. But I think some things are finally coming together. I may even post some stuff up here at some point. I know you’re waiting with bated breath, my Four Faithful Readers. Soon, my dear ones. Soon.

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