books I read in July

greek yogurt popsicle with orange marmalade

It’s hard to think of something upbeat to say when I’ve read three depressing books in a row. I wanted there to be a big thunderstorm so I could curl up in bed with hot chocolate and an enjoyable book. Instead I spent last weekend climbing around a treetop adventure course, riding the wooden roller coaster, and ziplining down a mountain.

Okay, that was pretty fun too.

(Wanna follow along?)

Books I read in July:

  1. The Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston
    Sometimes I feel like I’m tough and outdoorsy. Sometimes I read books that remind me that I’m not.
  2. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, by Mary Roach
    Weird and awkward and laugh-out-loud funny.
  3. Wonder, by RJ Palacio
    I alternated this one with Bonk for the laughs, because even though this was wonderful, it made me cry a lot. Kids are mean.
  4. Galway Bay, by Mary Pat Kelly
    Sometimes the problem with e-books is you don’t have a good grasp of how long they are when you start. This started off well, and just got worse, and worse, and worse… and worse.
  5. The Change Room, by Karen Connelly
    This was a hot mess. But probably not in the way the author intended.
  6. The Lonely Hearts Hotel, by Heather O’Neill
    The back cover of this book said it was going to be about orphans that did handstands and backflips and played piano. I thought it was going to be a little like The Night Circus. Or even Litte Orphan Annie. Instead it was about orphans that did handstands and backflips and played piano, but were also sexually assaulted by nuns, and later became prostitutes and thieves addicted to heroin. I was depressed for a week after reading this book.

All I want to do is read something fun… so I settled for eating something fun.

The Healthiest Orange Creamsicles Ever

Well, maybe not ever. They do have some sugar in them.


  • Greek yogurt (plain, extra creamy). Maybe about a cup? It depends on the size of your popsicle mould.
  • Marmalade. I used about 3 tablespoons to just over a cup of greek yogurt.


  1. Stir together.
  2. Scoop into a popsicle mould (tap the bottom on a counter fairly hard to get rid of air pockets).
  3. Freeze.
  4. Eat.

2 thoughts on “books I read in July

  1. I have to say I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on the books you read. It’s nice to see you bring some sarcasm and humor to some deeply distressing books. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading more of your blog!

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