July 2018 books read

  • Hobberdy Dick – Katherine Briggs, 1955 – re-read of a childhood favorite that holds up. It was made into an obscure anime also! I watched a little bit on Youtube but it didn’t have English subtitles.
  • Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year – Carlo Levi (translated by Frances Frenaye), 1945 – quotes pulled, review tdb
  • When the Rivers Run Dry: Water—The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century – Fred Pearce, 2006 – quotes pulled, review tdb
  • Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence through Simple Living – Elizabeth Willard Thames, 2018 – I love the blog and this was a good companion piece/mostly memoir.
  • The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath, 1963 – quotes pulled, review tdb
  • 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think – Laura Vanderkam, 2010 – Not bad, not great, but it is good to think about how I want to focus my time.
  • Parable of the Sower – Octavia Butler, 1993 – Hampshire College Common Read. For how much I’ve been looking forward to reading it, I was a little disappointed; it’s flatter than I expected, and the Earthseed ideas aren’t exciting enough to make up for how depressing it is. So prescient and relevant, though–its 2025 is completely believable.
  • The Host – Stephenie Meyer, 2008. Re-read because despite how not-good the writing is, the story is compelling and the viewpoint original.
  • The Book of Unknown Americans – Cristina Henriquez, 2014 – Mount Holyoke College Common Read. Page-turning, heartbreaking, but a good novel, not a fantastic one.