July 2020 Month-in-Review

Given that I am still effectively trapped at home, you would think I would be able to keep up with my blogging.  But it was not to be.  I didn’t post anything here in the second half of July and only one post at Hillbilly Highways.  I had my reasons, though.  Big things are afoot in meatspace.  Big things that I unfortunately cannot divulge at this time.  A lot will have changed by the time I write another one of these missives.

I can take a certain amount of solace in getting three Wheel of Time reread posts up and an actual, honest-to-God review.  And not just any review – a good, old-fashioned Throwback SF Thursday review.

I acquired four books and finished four books in July, but one of those was a reread so Mount TBR did get a bit higher.

One way to get my mojo back is three ARCs that need reading and reviewing over at Hillbilly Highways: In the Valley by Ron Rash, When These Mountains Burn by David Joy, and Comanche by Brett Riley.

 

Wheel of Time Reread

 

July Reviews

 

Books acquired

  • Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane, ed. by Jonathan H. Adler
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley
  • A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent by Robert W. Merry
  • Comanche by Brett Riley (review copy)

 

Books started

  • Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane, ed. by Jonathan H. Adler
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley
  • In the Valley by Ron Rash (review copy)
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan (reread)
  • A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent by Robert W. Merry

 

Books finished

  • The Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan (reread)
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton

 

Mount TBR Counter

  • July: +1
  • Year-to-date: +8

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction). https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/ https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/
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6 Responses to July 2020 Month-in-Review

  1. Beautiful little girl! The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley is a remarkable read, I think. The Room Where It Happened, is frightening, but registered a blah on the writing scale–my take, anyway.

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    • H.P. says:

      The Malcolm X book really is a remarkable read. And his arguments are echoed today by BLM – certainly much more so than MLK’s arguments.

      The Bolton book is tediously written. I normally skip tell-all memoirs, but Bolton’s direct role in major foreign policy ups the value considerably, and his personal views are so well known and his personal vendettas so apparent that is simple enough, I think, to apply the appropriate grains of salt in reading it.

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  2. Bookstooge says:

    Well, I hope the Big, Cannot Be Talked About, Thing is a Good Thing.

    Liked by 1 person

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