July: The List

My list from June changed quite a bit after I discovered that my new place of employment, a public library, was running a summer reading bingo challenge and have a staff version going. Thus, I’ve been reading more than usual to try and fill every one of those twenty-five bingo squares! The challenge ends on August 1st, so a lot of my reading this month is geared toward bingo requirements. Check it out!

Title: Nothing is Okay by Rachel Riley.

Genre: poetry

Key Descriptors: fatness, queerness, feminism

Why I’m Reading It: this fulfills my bingo square “read a poetry collection” and my goes toward my “reading fat women” mission!

Title: Storm Warning by Mercedes Lacky

Genre: fantasy

Key Descriptors: sequel, mage, science

Why I’m Reading It: this is book #11 in the #ReadingValdemar 2019 readalong!

Title: Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

Genre: suspense

Key Descriptors: Cornwall, mystery, historical romance

Why I’m Reading It: fulfills my bingo square for “a book made into a movie.” Plus, you can go wrong with the author of Rebecca, right?

Title: The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum

Genre: journalism

Key Descriptors: food inspectors, safety regulations, chemistry

Why I’m Reading It: fulfills my bingo square for “book recommended by a co-worker.” Jennifer the librarian said she never reads nonfiction, but she loved this book.

Title: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, read by Simon Vance

Genre: paranormal/audio book

Key Descriptors: erotic, confessional, love

Why I’m Reading It: fulfills the bingo square “a book made into a movie.” Not sure why book-to-movie is in two squares.

Title: The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

Genre: paranormal

Key Descriptors: history, rock stardom, ancient vampires

Why I’m Read It: Conveniently, this book fulfills the bingo square “read a book published the year you were born.”

Title: Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

Genre: paranormal

Key Descriptors: genocide, multilayered, erotic

Why I’m Reading It: Doubly convenient is the bingo square “read a book you once started but never finished.” I got over half-way through this novel when I dropped it in high school.

Title: Venus on Mars by Jan Millsapps (who was one of 705 potential “Marstronauts”)

Genre: historical fiction

Key Descriptors: Jet Propulsion Lab, space, rocket scientists

Why I’m Reading It: fulfills my bingo requirement for “book about space.”

Title: Man-eaters, Vol. 1 by Chelsea Cain

Genre: young adult comic book

Key Descriptors: menstruation, fake advertising, satire

Why I’m Reading It: my husband saw this title in his news feed and thought it sounded like something I’d read. Premise: What if a mutated version of Toxoplasmosis caused certain women to turn into violent cats when they menstruate?


    • I can’t find a hard copy, which is driving me bonkers! I just finished an e-book and am worn out a bit on it. However, I found a hard copy of My Cousin Rachel and am wondering if I should just change titles. Both were made into movies.

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  1. This looks like a great list! I’ll be especially interested in your thoughts on the du Maurier and Anne Rice! Vampires are so hit-or-miss for me, but even so I’m always drawn to them. I put down Interview with the Vampire a while back, but maybe you’ll convince me to pick it back up. 🙂


    • I’ve read Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat before, though it was YEARS ago. I remember really loving Lestat’s book. Queen of the Damned got complicated and I put it down, as I mention, but I hope having about 15 years of reading behind me will make me a more observant and careful reader.

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  2. Confession: I’ve never read Rebecca or any of Daphne du Maurier’s works. I’ve been told by so many people that I’d love Rebecca because I’m a huge Jane Eyre fan, but I’ve never given it a go… How many of Daphne du Maurier’s books have you read? Which is your favorite?

    Happy reading for the rest of July 🙂


    • I’ve read Rebecca (and see the Hitchcock movie about 100 times) and now Jamaica Inn. That’s it. I love both but think I now prefer Jamaica Inn. The author is also supposed to be the master of short stories, so you could check out one or two before you plunge into a novel.

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