August 2020 Month-in-Review

After five months locked down, I spent more time around people and out in public in August than I did in those five prior months combined.  Masked up, but I am still not thrilled about that.  I started the new job, and things are going well, but we are still trying to sell our house in the Rust Belt, which means I am spending 44 hours a month on the road.  After getting my oil changed for the first time in almost a year last month, I need to get it changed before I head back up those hillbilly highways for my next trip.

The work-housing situation means spending a lot of time away from the wife and kid, but we did all get to go the zoo on my first long weekend trip back.

 

So I will cut myself some slack on the reading and writing (I hold the line on ’rithmetic, though).  I did get two reviews up.  Both were at Hillbilly Highways.  I should have had another one yesterday, but it will have to wait until next week.  Posts were fewer here at Every Day Should Be Tuesday, but at least I got one Wheel of Time Reread post up.  I should probably either start writing some more or stop hauling The Great Hunt back and forth.

I finished five books, which ain’t bad.  At least I managed to whittle one book off of Mount TBR.

Audiobooks are going to work.  I finished Rob Kroese’s The Dawn of the Iron Dragon and started Michael Livingston’s Seaborn.  Which still left plenty of other listening time.  I have been listening to NPR’s Up First daily.  I am now listening to all Advisory Opinions podcasts, and, after finally catching up with Revolutions, I started Mike Duncan’s first blog series, The History of Rome, from the beginning.  My wife and I listened to an episode of How Stuff Works and the Hamilton soundtrack on the one leg we did together.  For music, I have pulled out some honest-to-God CDs—the Merle Haggard 40 Greatest Hits double, 311’s self-titled album, Queen’s greatest hits—as well as plenty of albums off Amazon—Steve Earle’s Ghosts of West Virginia, Charles Wesley Godwin’s Seneca, American Aquarium’s Lamentations, Gabe Lee’s Honky Tonk Hell, Outkast’s Aquemeni.

 

Wheel of Time Reread

 

August Reviews

 

Books acquired

  • The Dawn of the Iron Dragon by Rob Kroese (audiobook)
  • Seaborn by Michael Livingston (audiobook)
  • The Origins of You by Jay Belsky et al.

 

Books started

  • The Dawn of the Iron Dragon by Rob Kroese
  • Seaborn by Michael Livingston
  • Comanche by Brett Riley

 

Books finished

  • What Adam Smith Knew: Moral Lessons on Capitalism from Its Greatest Champions and Fiercest Opponents, ed. by James R. Otteson
  • In the Valley by Ron Rash
  • When These Mountains Burn by David Joy
  • The Dawn of the Iron Dragon by Rob Kroese
  • The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan (reread)

 

Mount TBR Counter

  • August: -1
  • Year-to-date: +7

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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1 Response to August 2020 Month-in-Review

  1. Bookstooge says:

    Glad to see a post from you. And stay safe driving…

    Liked by 1 person

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