Books I Read in August 2019

The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind by Jackson Ford

I couldn't help but pick this one up for the title. And the story did not disappoint: a telekinetic young woman who does secret jobs for a government organization realizes she's not the only one with powers in her city when a murder is committed that only a telekinetic would be capable of. The narrator's voice is hilarious and distinct, and the plot is unexpected and exciting. It's the start to a series I will definitely be continuing.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Sloan's other book, Sourdough, is one of my absolute favorites; I figured I should read his first book as well! The writing style is along the same vein: witty, intelligent, quirky. The characters the same: funny, genius, lovable. Can't go wrong there. This book is so smart, and the story line is right up my alley. Whatever Sloan's next book is, I'll be picking it up the day it comes out!

Semicolon by Cecelia Watson

I'm a punctuation nerd, and this book called to me. It filled a hole in my grammar-deprived heart I hadn't know was there and reinforced my love of the semicolon (and the em-dash). There is so much knowledge in this book! Fascinating historical facts, particular grammatical incidents, sociological analyses: this book will excite any punctuation savant.