August walk total: 63.5 miles
The month fell a little short since exercise ceased on August 19, when Leo was born (well worth the exercise lag). Happily, I was still able to do a 4 mile walk/run the morning before he was born… mostly because I didn’t know my water had broken or that 8 hours later I would be in the hospital with a Pitocin drip…
And with Leo’s birth and all I still got a decent amount of reading done in August. Then again, when you’re feeding a baby every 2-3 hours, you have a good amount of reading time… Here are August’s books – quite a few of them I would highly recommend!
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A. One of my favorite books. It’s always so so good, even when I’m reading it for the ninth time.
- Under Fishbone Clouds by Sam Meekings
A. Reminded me of a Lisa See novel. Good characters, uniquely told.
- I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
B. Not a super deep book, but it read quickly and held my attention. A fun, light read.
- The Way Things Look To Me by Roopa Farooki
B. Interesting storyline, but the ending felt somewhat rushed and didn’t exactly fit.
- The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrecht
A+. Loved this book. Really well done and the author is only 26 – and this is her first novel. Yowza. If you read any book off this list, let it be this one.
- A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
B. Quick, light read. Sometimes funny, sometimes a little disturbing.
- She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel
B. Same as above. Note: these books were great during the early hours of labor and the days afterward, when I was super tired. It was nice to have an easy, light read.
- Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister
A. Simple and sweet.
- Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
A-. Characters were a little flat and predictable, but the story kept me reading!