75 in 2015: July

July was a slow reading month; I just haven’t found the time to pick anything up. I have been listening to Anna Karenina at work though. That 37-hour behemoth is going to take awhile – I’ve already had to renew it twice.

lovecraftThe Shadow Over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft (1936)

Lovecraft might not have had a high opinion of this novella – claiming it “has all the defects I deplore—especially in point of style, where hackneyed phrases & rhythms have crept in” according to wikipedia – but I found it to be wonderful. Lovecraft rarely disappoints and The Shadow Over Innsmouth is no exception.

From Amazon.com: The story describes of a strange hybrid race, half-human and half an unknown creature that resembles a cross between a fish and frog, that dwells in the seaside village of Innsmouth (formerly a large town, but lately fallen into disrepair). The townspeople worship Cthulhu and Dagon, a Philistine deity incorporated into the Cthulhu Mythos.

plaidPretty in Plaid: A Life, A Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase by Jen Lancaster (2009)

I am a fan of Jen Lancaster (although I’ve never read her most popular book, Bitter is the New Black), plaid, and argyle socks. Clearly this book spoke to me from the shelf. I didn’t love it though. I’d rate it a firm okay. Unless you are a big Lancaster fan, skip this one and read one of her other books instead.

From Amazon.com: Before she was bitter, before she was lazy, Jen Lancaster was a badge- hungry Junior Girl Scout with a knack for extortion, an aspiring sorority girl who didn’t know her Coach from her Louis Vuitton, and a budding executive who found herself bewildered by her first encounter with a fax machine. In this hilarious and touching memoir, Jen Lancaster looks back on her life-and wardrobe-and reveals a young woman not so different from the rest of us.


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